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Keith Olbermann on Rachel Maddow, Glenn Beck and Leaving MSNBC

On the cusp of a new show and a new network, the superstar political host opens up to "Rolling Stone" in a revealing interview.

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Ouch. Still, Olbermann doesn’t seem to blame NBC entirely, instead pointing to the corporate media structure for valuing ratings and money over truth-telling and reportage. He does note, though, that after Tim Russert died, the network clamped down on him harder. “One of the reasons I got as far as I got was that Tim was there to run interference for me,” he told Rolling Stone.

In a strange way, he notes that he feels a weird and unlikely kinship to Glenn Beck, of all people. “Glenn Beck and me, we're in the same boat now. We're both off the Fox reservation. People who think his leaving Fox News was some kind of change in tone caused by the Giffords thing are as wrong about that as they are when they apply it to me. I'm sure that he viewed this entirely as a great business proposition for himself. In Beck's point of view—nobody's gotten this yet, but I know exactly where he's coming from—Beck looked at this and said, 'Why am I letting these Fox people take some of my money? I don't need them.'”

Wow! Read the full piece here, and watch this space for a preview of the new Countdown with Keith Olbermann this weekend, complete with inside info straight from the man himself.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd is an associate editor at AlterNet and a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. Formerly the executive editor of The FADER, her work has appeared in VIBE, SPIN, New York Times and various other magazines and websites.