Rachel Maddow is Fox: By now, there can be little doubt. Rachel Maddow is an official party-line, partisan hack.
She’ll fill your head full of stupid shazam. Last Friday night, the current episode continued.
For our previous report, click here.
Good God! Once again, Maddow opened her show with a 17-minute segment about Chris Christie and the traffic lanes leading onto the George Washington Bridge.
She could have been discussing something that actually matters—the interests of low-income children, let’s say.
Rachel Maddow doesn’t care about the interests of low-income kids! Instead, she keeps playing you with this stupid shazam, which comes from the world of Fox.
Pitifully, Maddow spent a large amount of Friday’s segment reviewing Christie’s driving record from 1985 through 2009. (Also, Sarah Palin’s 2008 Troopergate controversy.) She continued her endless references to The Sopranos, New Jersey culture and “mobbed-up” this and that.
Finally, she got to the “issue” at hand—the massively ginned-up controversy about lane closings at the George Washington Bridge and Christie’s so far non-existent role in same. When she did, she surprised us with a few things she said, or seemed to say, or perhaps allowed to be said.
Here’s how information trickles out on Maddow’s rather dishonest program:
Fourteen minutes into her segment, Maddow introduced Ted Mann, who has reported—and apparently misreported—various aspects of this story for the Wall Street Journal. In her second question to Mann, this is what Maddow said about the lane closings by New Jersey officials, which she spent the past week trying to slime onto Christie:
MADDOW (12/13/13): And their assertions that this was part of a traffic study—and you ferreted out a lot of these details. First, it seemed very damning that the executive director of the agency said, “I don’t know anything about a new traffic study.” We’ve since seen documentation that they did do something that looked like a study, and that continues to be their political explanation for what they were doing. The study itself, such as it was, though, does seem completely unusual and completely unlike anything else the Port Authority has ever done.Say what? “We’ve since seen documentation that they did do something that looked like a study?”
When did “we” see that?
Searching Maddow’s previous reports on this currently worthless topic, we find no reference to any such documentation. On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, Maddow’s segments were built around the claim that this study never happened—that any such claim was “phony.”
Suddenly, this new information flitted by, so fast you might not see it. As we’ve noted in the past, this is often the way Maddow “corrects” reports she has previously bollixed.
Late in her brief interview with Mann, a second piece of new information flew past at the speed of light. Here’s the background:
On Thursday night, Maddow built her segment around a very shaky report by Mann in that day’s Wall Street journal. According to Mann, Christie had called Governor Cuomo to complain about the way a New York official had been pushing the controversy.
This was a very shaky report, attributed to a single source—an unnamed “person familiar with the matter.” Being a hack, Maddow lovingly seized on this shaky claim, as other hacks around the liberal world were doing.
On Thursday night, Maddow built her entire segment around this shaky claim. On Friday, Christie flatly denied the claim in a press conference. That afternoon, a press spokesman for Governor Cuomo confirmed what he said, speaking by name, on the record.
Here’s the way you learned these facts on Maddow’s Fox-like program. The following Q-and-A with Mann ended her endless, 17-minute segment. Note the standard dollops of snark and misdirection as the real information flew by:
MADDOW: Ted, let me ask you about one specific thing that you reported that really seemed to get Governor Christie very excited today and not in a good way. And that was your reporting that Governor Christie, as he’s been joking about this and making light of it in public before today, had earlier this week called New York Governor Andrew Cuomo essentially to say, “Listen, your appointees, your New York appointees on this are pushing too hard for answers. Why don’t you get them to lay off.” Governor Christie is now denying that that call ever took place.Since Mann seems to have gotten his last report wrong, Rachel Maddow can’t wait to read his next!
MANN: Right. And Governor Cuomo’s spokesman did too. We stand by that story. That story is right.
MADDOW: All right. Ted Mann, reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Boy, am I looking forward to reading your next piece on this! Thank you very much for being here. Appreciate it.
Do you even know what Mann’s statement means? Does he stand by his own report, in which Christie made that phone call? Or does he stand by the subsequent contradiction from Christie and the Cuomo spokesman?
We have no idea what Mann meant. Rachel didn’t ask.
Given her report the previous night, Maddow should have told you these things at the top of the segment. Instead, you got that puzzling statement after 17 minutes of pure shazam, including a horrified “news report” about Christie’s past traffic tickets.
Fame and millions of dollars will do this. But Rachel Maddow is a nightmare. Rachel Maddow is Fox.
Rachel thinks you’re very dumb: How dumb does Rachel think you are?
She thinks you’re very dumb:
MADDOW: All week long, I have been calling this the busiest bridge in the country. Turns out I have been understating the fact. If you go to the official New York and New Jersey web site for that bridge, they’re very proud to tell you that it is not just the busiest bridge in the country. It is the busiest bridge in the whole world!Losers, guess what? The volume of traffic on the bridge has nothing to do with this story. Traffic across the bridge was not affected, only access to the bridge from the town of Fort Lee.
If you say so!
The bridge is huge. It takes in more than $600 million every year in revenue, in tolls. That’s how busy it is. $600 million! And that’s how rich the agency is that runs it and that takes in the tolls. That’s why it’s a real perk of the job of being governor of New York or governor of New Jersey, that you get to appoint people to the agency that runs this bridge, which mints money like a mobbed-up casino.
This time-killing, exciting diversion tells you nothing about the substance of this currently pointless story. Rachel figured you wouldn't see that.
Rachel Maddow is Fox.