Rachel calls Howard a genius: Even we get surprised at times! That’s how it was when we watched the start of last evening’s Maddow Show.
In her rambling, trademarked fashion, “Rach” devoted the first sixteen minutes to the Herman Cain sex chase. Incredibly, though, the first six minutes were focused on somebody else:
MADDOW (11/7/11): Thanks to you at home as well for staying with us for the next hour.Even we were shocked to see Maddow praise the Stern show for its “genius.” But then, Frank Rich always spoke well of his pal Don Imus’ brilliance.
There is so much going on.
The long running gross-out genius performance arts satire radio spectacle that is The Howard Stern Show, which is now just on satellite radio, they’re apparently promoting a singer. I don’t know if it’s like somebody who Howard Stern enjoys or if this is a paid arrangement or something.
But today, Republican presidential politics in America were briefly taken over by this...
These people live inside a bubble. You’re probably on the outside.
Long story short: As they always do, the Stern people seized control of yesterday’s sex chase presser—the press conference in which Sharon Bialek described the way she says she was assaulted by Cain. Because uh-oh! Before Bialek and her attorney, Gloria Allred, could get to the microphones they had paid for, the Howard Stern guy took control of the mikes and began dropping f-bombs around.
As they do every time.
To Maddow, this was a sign of the Stern program's genius. She played video segments of this low-IQ nonsense, burning up the first six minutes of her own low-IQ show.
Even we were surprised, although we recalled Maddow’s insistence to David Frum that she doesn’t want “a more grown-up politics” (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 4/1/09). Last week, Maddow slobbered all over herself with her first “fan appreciation night.” But last night was a surprise.
We recommend watching the full sixteen minutes (click here). It ends with Maddow showing how foolish she can be in her contempt for conservative voters. Those voters are stupid—but Stern is a genius!
So it goes inside the preserves which keep letting the one percent win.
The shape of the Stern program’s genius: Just so you can appreciate the general shape of the Stern program’s genius, this is the first bit of tape Maddow played last night. We continue directly from the excerpt we posted above:
GENIUS FROM THE STERN SHOW (videotape): This is not what you think it is. Just calm down. No, it's not what you think it is. Just calm down.Rachel doesn’t fact-check much. Presumably, this was the latest gift to her fans, who enable this nonsense.
This is about Alisa Jordana. This is not about me. This is about Alisa Jordana. J-O-R-D-A-N-A, Alisa Jordana.
The name of one of her songs is “Fuck you, I’m fine.” And also, "Young Love" is a really good song to listen to, "Young Love."
REPORTER: Benjy, those are live mikes. Come on, seriously. Seriously. Could you move?
GENIUS FROM THE STERN SHOW: The name of the song is "Young—I won’t say the bad word. It’s “F you, I'm fine, F you, I'm fine.”
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: He’s right. That’s in fact the name of the song in question.
(PLAYS CUT OF SONG)
MADDOW: So it’s true. We fact-checked it.