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NY Times Prints Fawning Profile of MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow

Posted on | October 2, 2019 | 1 Comment


For two years, Rachel Maddow’s show was about one thing: “Russia! Russia! Russia!” She hyped Robert Mueller’s investigation as the silver bullet that would slay the Trump werewolf, and when Mueller failed, Maddow’s ratings slumped and have never recovered.

Well, she’s got out a new book — Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth, and if you’re going to buy it, you ought to buy it through my Amazon link so I get a commission, right? — and therefore the Democrat-Media Complex is engaged in providing her with free publicity. Amanda Hess provides journalistic cunnilingus in the New York Times:

Rachel Maddow was trying to get to work. She only had to get from the glass door of her doctor’s office to the tinted-windowed S.U.V. that was idling at the curb, waiting to spirit her to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, but there was a hitch. Maddow had torn three ligaments in her left ankle — fishing accident — and one of those ligaments ripped off a piece of her bone, so now she was lumbering toward the sidewalk, her foot strapped into a boot, her lanky body bent over crutches that creaked and boomed with every hit to the sidewalk. In Manhattan, this had the effect of a kind of ritualistic drumbeat, alerting every liberal within earshot to her presence.
A woman with a graying ponytail suddenly wriggled into Maddow’s path. “Rachel,” she said, extending her phone to secure a selfie for a friend in Oregon who watches her show every single night and was going to bug out when she saw this. Maddow smiled for the camera as a man in long shorts planted himself 20 feet away, holding his own phone up horizontally to film the scene. When he saw Maddow see him, he smiled and waved slowly, as if he were a proud relative capturing a milestone. Farther down the block, a woman screamed something incomprehensible in her direction. As Maddow finally neared the curb, a woman with silver hair and chunky glasses materialized at her side and said with blasé familiarity: “I don’t know what happened to you, but I just want to say I love you. Keep up the good work. Can I give you a hug?”
Maddow balanced on her good foot. She spread her crutches out to accommodate the stranger’s embrace. “What’s your name?” Maddow asked brightly, as if she had hobbled out expressly for the purposes of saying hello. “Emily,” she said. She made a perfunctory gesture toward the silent bald man next to her. “This is Ed, my ex-husband.”
“Big fan of yours,” Ed said, and he went in for a handshake, which Maddow was eager to meet until she discovered, midreach, that her ankle could not make the pivot to a second greeter. “Whoa,” Maddow said. “No twisting! Sorry!”
“Be careful with her!” Emily said to Ed, and then, as she saw Maddow breaking away and toward the car, she urgently called out: “So — so what do you think? Elizabeth Warren?”
Finally sealed in the back seat, Maddow propped up the ankle. Then she turned and said, as if I were a friend and not yet another stranger pumping her for information: “That was dangerous! Did you see my twist with Ed?” . . .

Translation: “She’s so popular! Fans mob her in the streets! She’s like The Beatles on Ed Sullivan in February 1964!”

This 400-word anecdotal lead is the scene-setter of a 6,000-word feature. For those of you who aren’t in the journalism racket, 6,000 words is about eight times longer than the standard news article. It’s a bit longer than your average chapter of a non-fiction book, and it certainly took an entire week, if not more, to write something that long. What does the New York Times pay for freelance work? A dollar a word? If so, that 400-word lead is worth about three days’ work by a $15-an-hour laborer. And you’d have to hire that $15-an-hour worker for a month and a half to pay him what Amanda Hess got for that entire 6,000-word feature.

And it’s just publicity, not journalism — this article is simply free advertising for Maddow and her book, and why? Because she’s a Democrat, MSNBC is a Democrat network, the publisher and editors of her book are Democrats, and the New York Times is a Democrat paper. So this is not ordinary free publicity, it’s partisan political propaganda.

Noting how the New York Times profile includes some rather absurd vignettes of Maddow’s adoring fandom, Ed Driscoll remarks: “If this is what ‘real life’ looks like in America’s blue regions, the Babylon Bee is really going to have to up its satire game to compete.”

Oh, Maddow’s book? It combines a hostile attack on Big Oil with a conspiracy theory about (you guessed) Russia! Russia! Russia!

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