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In defense of sincere wingnuttery as a real phenomenon

Melissa Harris-Perry went on Rachel Maddow last night and was in heightened ass-kicking form. The topic was the overt way Republicans are cruising for the bigot vote this election—right when I’d argue they would get the bigot vote no matter how subtly they played that card—but Melissa brought it around…

Oops! Media raps O’Donnell for ‘weird’ claim that’s mostly true

Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party candidate running for Senate in Delaware, has been widely mocked by the media for her wacky statements about mice with human brains and her claims to have “dabbled” in witchcraft. But her latest wild story actually appears to have a germ of truth. “If both…

Narratives about subversion and contamination in the Park51 controversy

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy There are a lot of interesting points made in this video from Rachel Maddow’s show on Monday, mainly about how blatant racism has been the go-to tactic since Obama was elected for conservative political operatives trying to gin…

The short term anti-immigrant freakout will equal long-term problems

Part of me almost flinched to imagine the lip-smacking glee that reporters got out of pushing Marco Rubio—the son of Cuban immigrants—on the issue of whether or not he supports the 14th amendment. The problem here is that there’s no way to ask the question that doesn’t carry the implication,…

1979 news reports on Mexican oil gusher may as well be from 2010: Maddow

From June 3, 1979 straight through March 23, 1980, an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was spewing up to 30,000 barrels per day. In just 200 feet of water, the Mexican oil company Pemex scrambled to shut down the Ictoc I exploratory well, but to no avail. The…

Palin: Maddow was ‘prejudiced’ against Rand Paul

The media was out to destroy Sarah Palin and now they are out to destroy Rand Paul, if you believe the former Republican vice presidential candidate. In an interview with National Public Radio, Paul criticized some aspects of the 1964 Civil Right Act. Paul indicated that businesses should be free…

Take your pick: Scarborough ‘bashes’ own network or Rand Paul

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, seemed to take an odd shot at his own network while practicing — what some might call — damage control for Rand Paul Friday morning on his show. But then after arguing by Twitter over a blog post at the prominent liberal website,…

That’s a whole lot of coincidences!

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Well, I suppose that’s the end of the friendly relationship Rachel Maddow has with the Paul family. I always found her making nice with them irritating, but now I see that it’s possible she was just biding her…

Friday Genius Ten “I Dedicate This Botox To Jesus” Edition

I have to share my WTF moment at the gym yesterday. My habit is to bring my iPhone in and watch Rachel Maddow while doing the cardio machines, but occasionally I glance at the gym’s TVs. And yesterday, they were showing one of those “Real Housewives” shows, this one I…

Right wing populism: simple, stupid

Rachel Maddow brought Frank Rich on to talk about the teabaggers after he wrote this column. The column I found largely unobjectionable, but some of the stuff from the interview sat wrong with me. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Upon rewatching it, I…

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