Conservative commentator Ann Coulter was among those who joked about Olbermann upon hearing the announcement.
Al-Jazeera buys Al Gore's Current TV. This is shocking because no one has ever heard of Al Gore's Current TV— Justin Stangel (@Justin_Stangel) January 3, 2013
Another conservative commentator, Glenn Beck, tweeted about his network's attempt to buy Current TV, which was blocked because of conflicting ideologies.
Maybe Keith Olbermann can get on air again!Al Jazeera buys Current TV - lat.ms/TItQFT— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 3, 2013
And many, like Time columnist Glenn Greenwald, quickly defended the network against the unavoidable bigotry that filled the Twittersphere following the announcement.
Before Al-Jazeera bought Current TV, TheBlaze looked into buying it but we were rejected by progressive owners.glennbeck.com/2013/01/02/did… WG— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) January 3, 2013
Of all the other reasons the Al Jazeera/Terrorists "jokes" are so stupid, it's owned & controlled by one of the US's closet ally regimes— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 3, 2013