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Monday, November 24, 2008

Rachel Maddow: The New Center

This piece in Newsweak about Rachel Maddow is absolutely ridiculous.

Here's a snippet:

The times have suited her as well. Not only did her show launch in an electrifying election period, but it was also a moment when "the repressed political fervor" of the left had erupted, says Olbermann, who has also both benefited from and symbolized this mood. In this climate, MSNBC's commentary moved left, and now is often criticized for presenting a liberal alternative to the sharply partisan Fox. But Ariana Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post (and Maddow's fill-in host last week) says it is wrong to think of Maddow as a liberal riposte to Fox. "People were surprised by her success because they saw her as an anomaly, but she is the opposite. She has tapped into a zeitgeist where what was considered to be left wing is now mainstream." Like Obama, "she is representing the center." Or at least the center in Huffington's world view.
I have to point out that when Fox has a conservative on, they often balance that conservative with someone from the other side. With MSNBC, Olberman, Maddow, et al only interview leftist and occasionally Pat Buchanan (whose conservative bona fides expired when he left the GOP.
Maddow has her own fable. On Nov. 5, when the clock clicks 9 p.m. and "The Rachel Maddow Show" begins, her "tired and cranky staff" has either gone home or settled into their seats in the control room to monitor the broadcast. A calm and focused Maddow is made up and wearing one of her identical pantsuits (she refuses to say who the designer is for fear of "insulting them"). As an interview closes, she turns to a camera in the chilly, large, red-white-and-blue-splashed studio she broadcasts from and looks directly into the lens. This election, she says with a grin, has destroyed many archaic ideas. There is triumph in her voice: "The idea that America is too flawed, too scarred by racism to elect a black president? That idea is over. When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said back in April that neither a woman nor a black man could ever get elected in a country like this? How satisfying is it to prove that guy wrong? The idea that liberals can't succeed on television? That's over. Yes, we can." It's a fable for a new age.
Would anything closely resembling this be written about that pinhead Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh?

I think not.

However, it is good to know that Rachel can shoot an AR-15 with the best of them.... I just wonder what her position on gun control is - is she for it (as long as it only restricts AR-15s from the "little people?"

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler