On November 5, Maddow ran tape of CNN’s mild-mannered young star; she told a million viewers that Lemon had pimped a GOP line in the run-up to that week’s elections. “Year of the conservative Republican woman!” Maddow shrieked, in the way she tends to do when attracting a lot of attention. “This was one of the favored and exciting memes in political coverage this year!” She played tape of Lemon and two other broadcasters, letting the trio represent all the other evil-doers. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 11/8/10.
A million people saw Maddow make this charge against Lemon. But in fact, Lemon had said nothing that dimly resembles the “meme” Maddow stuck in his mouth. For that matter, neither had the other two broadcasters on whom she dropped her charge; Michelle Bernard and Gretchen Carlson hadn’t voiced the offending meme either. By November 11, when she spoke with Stewart, Darling Rachel had had a full week to go on the air and correct her blatant misstatement—the bogus charge she’d directed at Lemon. But Rachel Maddow had done no such thing. This humble star quite rarely does.
It’s amazing to think that a national broadcaster would misrepresent the work of another broadcaster that way. From our observations, Lemon is a hundred times more honest and fair than Maddow is, even on her best day—but there was our corporate-picked liberal darling, dropping a bogus charge on his head. Six days later, Maddow was thoughtfully telling Stewart that she “has a commitment to not lying, to telling the truth, even when [she’s] making a point.” It’s moment like these that have made us wonder about what goes on inside Maddow’s head.
I have a commitment to telling the truth, Maddow loftily told Stewart. And not only that! “I don’t think that I do that,” she loftily said, when Stewart suggested that everyone tends to overstate in the course of making a point. And not only that! “I’m trying to pursue bad arguments wherever I find them,” she loftily said, when Stewart asked if the left ever suffers from the same sins as the right—from the lack of nuance found at Fox, for example.
that's from bob somerby's latest daily howler. it really is amazing how pretentious so many of us on the left are. (i don't think i'm pretentious at all. but i am on the left.)
rachel maddow is an idiot who mangles facts, alters facts, ignores facts.
so how the hell did this smug, scott baio-lookalike get to be a 'leader'?
when rachel was called out recently at a site that allows comments, the reason was on display.
rachel was called out.
and 1 of the people on my side had to rush in to insist that she was an oxford rhodes scholar.
the person typing that, sadly, couldn't even spell it correctly.
but he knew enough to suck up to some 1 presumed to be of a higher station.
rachel appeals to the pretentious.
she doesn't appeal to independent thinkers - independent thinkers are too threatening to rachel maddow.
and that's probably why we can't get our message across. we not only don't know it (as somerby points out) but we have no faith in it.
we can't have faith in it when we have no faith in ourselves.
at the very heart of it, some 1 who is a snob is some 1 who doesn't have any faith in themselves.
that's become the key quality of my side in the last 3 years.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'