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Can Current TV Establish Itself as a Real Competitor in Political Broadcast--With or Without Keith Olbermann?

Current TV made a rapid switch to progressive political programming--and some big-name talent with big-time personalities that might conflict with what the network wants.

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At the same time, though, Current should not be satisfied with being MSNBC-lite. As it champions its independence as a virtue, it should see that unaffiliated stance through by digging into the stories that other networks, nestled in an increasingly small number of media conglomerates, are staying away from. It also should amplify the Granholm strategy of developing hosts with diverse and deep background in politics – not just punditry -- and providing enough space for these hosts to take on stories where their insight is most needed. The hope is for Current to bring texture and depth to the progressive political conversation, rather then be satisfied with merely mimicking it.

Anna Clark's writing has appeared in the American Prospect , Utne Reader , Hobart, and Writers' Journal , among other publications. She is the editor of the literary and social justice Web site, Isak.