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Feed the monster: Et tu, Rachel Maddow?

A number of years back, a friend who produces cable TV shows introduced me to the phrase, “Feed the Monster.” That saying refers to a bedrock reality: that content– something to put on– is TV’s primary need. Something always has to be showing, in other words. Gone is the era…

Maddow to GOP: Women notice when you try to take away our rights

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow highlighted the remarks of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) who urged Republican men to go home and ask their wives and daughters whether they feel like the GOP is waging an all-out assault on the rights of women. On Thursday,…

Maddow mocks ‘war on caterpillars’: GOP needs to own up to its agenda

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night said the Republican Party needed to either own up to its legislative agenda or stop doing it. She mocked the idea that the Democrat’s huge lead among female voters in battleground states was the result of media bias, as RNC chair Reince Priebus…

Maddow relays censored memo on CIA ‘war crimes’ during Bush Administration

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night explained a legal memo that advised the Bush Administration that so-called enhanced interrogation techniques were torture and therefore illegal. Wired reporter Spencer Ackerman obtained the memo, written by State Department counselor Philip Zelikow, through a Freedom on Information Act request. Bush told NBC’s…

Maddow: Santorum campaign like the comments on a birther blog

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said Monday night that it was difficult to report on Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum because he does not appear to be running a serious campaign. On Monday, Santorum falsely claimed that “seven or eight” of the University of California’s ten campuses did not offer any…

Stewart to Maddow: You’re making the rest of us look bad

Rachel Maddow was Jon Stewart’s guest on Thursday’s “The Daily Show,” there to discuss her new book, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. According to Stewart, most TV personalities and talk show hosts who write books do so while making a conscious effort to do it as “cheaply, easily…

Maddow: People hate Obamacare, but love its provisions

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said Wednesday night that although polls have found that most Americans have an unfavorable view of Obama’s health care reform, they overwhelming approve of the actual provisions of the law. “So, you ask people if they want the health care law and they say, ‘no, it’s…

Maddow: Political decisions increasingly cost Supreme Court credibility

In 2000, weeks after the general election, the Supreme Court broke down along partisan lines and voted 5 to 4 against a recount in Florida, making George Bush our 43rd president. On Tuesday night’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow discussed how that landmark decision began a…

Maddow: Romney campaign and Rove play fast and loose with the truth

Rachel Maddow ran a report on Wednesday’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show about the unprecedented level of dishonesty coming out of the Romney campaign. On Thursday’s program she took on more examples of ways in which Romney, former Bush administration official Karl Rove, and the Republican party are relying…

Rev. Gaddy: Santorum said ‘some of the scariest things’ about religious freedom

Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, blasted religious leaders and politicians who told their followers that Christianity was persecuted in the United States. “They’re trying to scare them,” he told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, “because they know that if you get people scared, they’re going to say,…

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