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Rachel Maddow, Making a Difference

The Chicago Tribune TELEVISION section features a brief profile of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. It begins:

Maddow slips in ratings but not in her resolve
By Yvonne Villarreal | Tribune Newspapers
April 22, 2009

The first 100 days of a new presidential administration are known as the honeymoon because it marks a time of friendly relations between the new chief executive and the media. But for MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," the early days of the Obama administration have meant an unwelcome drop in ratings.

The article then thumbnails her bio and the show's current and future fortunes. At the end, Rachel expresses her aspirations for its impact:

Maddow's focus remains on the viewers.

"At the end of the day, I want the explanation and humor to stick with viewers so they can remember the stories the next time they're at a dinner party and they can repeat it and impress their friends," she said. "That's success.”

Ahh yess...Rachel Maddow, making the world a better place - one dinner party at a time.

PS - And as for those who, you know, want to, like, change anything, fuck 'em. They're just a buncha bitter old teabaggers.

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Submitted by vastleft on

Weren't so crap-awful, the dinner-party meme-spreading would be swell, to propagate worthy ideas and info, at least among the swells whose social calendars are rife with dinner parties.

I am especially charmed that the Rhodes Scholar of teebee comfort food for self-styled leftie sophistos thinks her mission is to help creative-class socialites impress each other, rather than becoming more truthful, knowledgeable, and empathetic, not that today's "progressives" need trouble themselves about such things.

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Submitted by lizpolaris on

could be to inform the public, in order to promote informed choices in elections and policies. You know, more like a journalist or political commentator.

I find it interesting that in this interview, she clearly states that is NOT her goal at all. She's giving people entertainment to be discussed at parties. Thanks, Rhodes scholar. Most people don't need such a lofty credential for that particular job description. Maybe she should try to get a refund for all that money she spent on her degree.

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Isn't the Rhodes scholarship a scholarship?

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Submitted by Damon on

could be to inform the public, in order to promote informed choices in elections and policies. You know, more like a journalist or political commentator.

I find it interesting that in this interview, she clearly states that is NOT her goal at all.

I wanted to believe that quote by her was a joke, but I can't bring myself to believe that. She essentially said that her goal is to make Versailles, DC run as smoothly and as comfortably as possible. God, I hope she was being tongue-in-cheek.

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Submitted by Historiann on

I liked Maddow on the radio, but I find her unwatchable on TV. The d!ck jokes last week were a real embarrassment. I also was shocked to see a feminist and out lesbian use the term "tea bag" over and over again to mock and disparage people. (What's next? Telling everyone to "bend over?" What other sex acts associated with gays will she use to demean people this week?)

With feminist lesbians like this--who needs the rest of the straight white boys club?

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Submitted by ClareA on

"I also was shocked to see a feminist and out lesbian use the term "tea bag" over and over again to mock and disparage people.

Yeah, I initially hoped this crap was just an abberration when it showed up in the Democratic primaries. But it was pretty wide-spread and long-running.
I was shocked then, so I'm not exactly shocked now. I'm just disgusted, and no longer as willing to believe "our side" holds to higher standards of discourse.
And never mind tolerance, can't we get intelligence?
There are genuine arguments to be made and insights to be given. Apparently it would take a more gifted commentator to be able to communicate intelligently in an accessible manner without sophomoric and condescending humor.
Humor is great! But this kind of humor is insulting to its audience as well as to its target.

Submitted by lambert on

I've done sophomoric -- I mean, DC is like high school, after all.

But I can handle that aspect of the discourse just fine without any help, and it's certainly weird that Maddow uses her platform to turn herself into a foul-mouthed blogger -- and at her salary, too.

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Submitted by Historiann on

Well, I don't cotton to anti-gay jokes like all of the guffawing about "tea bagging" last week, but it would be easier to take if there were more substance behind them. Maddow was funny on her radio program (I don't know about crude--nothing stands out in my mind as crude), but I find that radio news and talk is and must necessarily be more substantial because its all audio--they can't distract a listener with pretty pictures or shiny metal objects. They also can't repeat the same word or words over and over again, because they can't just change the photo or video on the screen which would alleviate the feeling of repetition. On the radio, she was fast and very informative because of the demands of the medium. On the radio, you have to give people something new to think about every 15 seconds, because otherwise you'll sound like those news radio channels that repeat the same feed every 10 minutes and just update the weather and traffic if necessary.

Truth be told, I can't watch TV news any more, because I find it so sloooow and instubstantial. Unfortunately, Maddow hasn't reformed TV news and made it smarter. TV news has dumbed her down.

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Submitted by TreeHugger on

brings the infamous "Peter Principle" to mind.

ON radio she had a terrific sidekick...Kent somebody?...when he left I found a great deal of the humor left also. Soon I stopped listening unless she had an outstanding guest.

Don't have cable, so have not seen her teebee show.

Submitted by Randall Kohn on

There's a Kent Jones on her teebee show. He appears at the end of every episode, in a segment called "Just Enough", meaning "just enough pop culture." It's an entirely dispensable segment - a perfect example of double-ply journalism. He gives his host (and us) the latest shizzle on Britney and Brangelina, whether we wanted it or not.

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Submitted by gizzardboy on

A few days ago, Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake gave a breif history of tea bagging: http://firedoglake.com/2009/04/15/a-brie... in which she credits The (ever so) Rude Pundit as using the term and introducing the meaning to her back in 2004. I thank them both, as I must admit that I never understood the meaning of the term, even tho' I searched for it in the Corrente Glossary. At least in the Rude One's early use of the term, it was a heterosexual act: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2004/12/b... not as Historiann says, a sex act associated with gays. Getting all bent out of shape over using the term disparagingly seems a bit prudish to me. It has been a very commom term on this and other blogs.