Her ridiculous segment on Rice: On Wednesday night, we decided to give Rachel Maddow another try.
Over at Salon, Kid Pareene had called her a national treasure. But she lost us that night with some of her typical bad faith and bullroar.
This time, her typical bullroar concerned Ambassador Rice.
The independent report about the Benghazi attacks had been filed that day. Treating her viewers like absolute fools, Maddow pretended to discuss the way Rice was mistreated with respect to the Benghazi matter.
What follows is complete total crap. Presumably, Maddow knows this.
Right from the start of her presentation, Maddow refers to the new report about Benghazi. To watch this full segment, click here:
MADDOW (12/19/12): Does this mean we get Susan Rice back? I know, I know, it’s a done deal. We are told that the president is picking John Kerry to be secretary of state after Hillary Clinton.“I don’t understand,” Maddow said. Although of course she did.
But if this was supposedly the reason that Susan Rice could not be considered for that job as well, this [report] is out now, and it says that, in a fair world, we would get Susan Rice back in contention.
This is the report of the Independent Accountability Review Board that was authorized by law as part of the response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the attack that killed a serving U.S. ambassador for the first time since the 1970s. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an armed assault by a militant group on a U.S. facility that was in an area known for its armed militant groups.
The report, which was chaired by long-time diplomat Thomas Pickering and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mike Mullen, placed blame on the U.S. for being unable to foresee that attack and unable to protect against that attack squarely on the U.S. State Department.
And so somebody totally unrelated to that can’t be secretary of state now? I don’t understand.
As Maddow noted, the independent report placed blame for the security failure on the State Department. Rice isn't part of the State Department. That means the security failure couldn’t have been her fault!
Of course, Republicans never blamed Rice for the security failure. And Maddow of course understands that.
As Maddow of course understands, that wasn’t the basis for the GOP’s relentless attacks on Rice. The fact that the new report blames the State Department has nothing to do with the actual accusations the GOP advanced against Rice—attacks which Maddow failed to address until mid-November, when Obama finally spoke up.
That’s right, liberals! For two solid months, Maddow sat on her big self-dealing ass and said nothing as these attacks against Rice gathered steam.
Now, safely after the fact, Maddow pretends to stand in outraged defense of Rice! As she continued her presentation, she kept pretending that the new report somehow debunked the accusations against Rice:
MADDOW (continuing directly): Republican senators after the election decided that the person they wanted to attack for Benghazi was somebody who had nothing to do with that attack, nothing to do with embassy security, with diplomatic security, not even somebody who works at the State Department. But she was somebody who the president was considering nominating for secretary of state. She was the U.N. ambassador.As Maddow continued, she continued to marvel at the absurdity of it all. Why can’t Rice be considered again? She had absolutely nothing to do with the security failure!
Well, Susan Rice last week withdrew her name from consideration for the secretary of state job because of Republican senators unrelenting criticism of her on the basis of Benghazi. Then today, the long-awaited accountability report on that attack reiterates that she had no role, no responsibility for what went wrong there whatsoever.
Because of who the report did find responsible, three State Department officials did resign today, including the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security and two deputy assistant secretaries responsible for that region of the world and for embassy security specifically.
The top dog at the department, Secretary Clinton, says she is accepting all of the review board’s recommendations, even the classified ones that we don’t get to know about. She said the State Department is requesting that Congress transfer more than $1.3 billion out of a contingency fund for Iraq into bolstering security at embassies and U.S. facilities worldwide.
That will include funding for a thousand more U.S. Marines to be distributed to U.S. embassies around the globe. A thousand, that’s a lot. And it is likely to be all but permanent.
Joining us now is Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent. Andrea, thank you very much for being with us. I appreciate your time.
Maddow just kept playing it dumb, treating her viewers like fools in the process.
Maddow is certainly right on one point. “The long-awaited accountability report” did (indirectly) reiterate that Rice “had no role, no responsibility for what went wrong there whatsoever.”
But no one had ever accused her of that! That isn’t what the accusations against Rice were about.
Rice was accused of lying about what happened at Benghazi. She was never accused of being responsible for the event itself.
Obviously, Maddow knows that, despite what she said Wednesday night.
Why did Maddow stage this gong-show, a common occurrence on her program? Below, we’ll offer a guess. But first, please understand:
Maddow said nothing for two solid months as the Fox News Channel and John McCain launched their attacks on Rice. For two solid months, the darling climber said and did nothing as these attacks mounted.
Quite literally, Rice’s name wasn’t even mentioned on Maddow’s show for the first two months of this GOP war. Rachel Maddow, Our Own Rhodes Scholar, was thoroughly silent—AWOL.
That said, why did she stage this presentation, pretending that Rice came under fire for permitting the lax security? We’ll take a guess:
Now that this whole affair is settled, Maddow wants to kiss Rice’s ass, ostentatiously if possible. This is how big-time networking is done among the millionaire elite.
Maddow is a master of this practice. See below for one more example.
Presumably, Maddow assumed her viewers are too damn stupid to spot the inanity of her presentation. Or she figured they wouldn’t care as long as she fed them some simple-minded comfort food straight from the tribal pantry.
Or she simply didn’t care if we the rubes did notice.
At some point, Maddow could have explained what was wrong with the GOP’s actual accusations against Rice. We did so here, again and again.
Maddow didn’t do that in real time, and she didn’t bother on Wednesday night. She simply pimped some silly shit, assuming her viewers would swallow.
Maddow is a horrible climber. When Rice needed help, she was totally AWOL. On Wednesday night, she kissed the ambassador’s high-ranking keister and insulted her viewers' intelligence. And uh-oh:
Speaking of the kissing of asses, Maddow's a master of the practice. This is the way this segment ended:
MADDOW: Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent. It’s an honor to have you here, Andrea. Thank you.Rachel is constantly telling the stars that it's an honor just to be near them. At any rate, if that doesn’t make you gag, congrats! Nothing ever will.
MITCHELL: My honor. Thank you. Good night, Rachel.
By the way: If you watch the entire segment, you will note a key point. At no time does Maddow ever ask Mitchell about the report's alleged exoneration of Rice.
The reason for that is obvious. If Maddow had raised such a stupid point, Mitchell would have been forced to explain that Rice was never accused of creating the security problem.
Maddow pushed the Rice card during her intro. Then, she let it drop.
In our view, Maddow is strikingly less than honest. Regarding Rice, Maddow was AWOL when it mattered. She played us for fools Wednesday night.
Final point: Kid Pareene called Maddow a national treasure! Until he recants, will someone please get The Kid off our lawn?
Department of pseudo-corrections: In fairness, Maddow did self-correct about Ke$ha’s name! To watch her do that, just click here.