Susana Martinez redeemed: Let's recall where matters stood when our story left off.
(For yesterday's post, click this.)
Last Tuesday night, May 24, Rachel Maddow ended her "cable news" show by snarking about Susana Martinez, the governor of New Mexico.
Martinez is a Republican governor who doesn't like Candidate Trump real well. Trump was doing a campaign event in Albuquerque that night. The day before, Martinez had said she wouldn't attend the event.
It's hard to know why a liberal TV star would mock Martinez for something like that, but Maddow feeds viewers silly partisan snark every night of the week. As we showed you yesterday, she snarked at Martinez this night, suggesting 1) that Martinez was dumb and 2) that Martinez was "hiding out" from Trump.
Maddow happily ended her show with this partisan snark. But uh-oh! That very same night, at his campaign event, Candidate Trump insulted Martinez in strikingly similar ways.
By the logic of our tribe, this meant that Martinez had been subjected to a racist/sexist attack. It could also seem to place Maddow on Trump's side!
Result? The very next evening, Maddow opened her cable news program with fawning praise for Martinez. The snark from the previous evening was gone now, completely forgotten. Now, Maddow simpered and fawned about the governor's greatness.
Is anyone more fake and faux than corporate star Rachel Maddow? Below, you see how she began her fawning to Martinez in the opening segment of her show last Wednesday night.
Maddow opened her program with tape of Clint Eastwood screwing up at the 2012 Republican National Convention. She then told us how awful Chris Christie and even Mitt Romney had been.
Such utterly pointless piddle is constant on Maddow's show. Then she turned to what's shown below.
To watch the whole segment, click here:
MADDOW (5/25/16): But there was one speech, one moment in primetime at the [2012 GOP convention] that was great. I mean, whether or not you like the politician in question, it was a great speech, brought the house down. If there was anybody who emerged as a star from that troubled convention it was a Republican governor from a western state who's not widely nationally known.The tape of Martinez's speech continued. When it ended, Maddow continued her fawning about Martinez, whose dumbness she had snarked about exactly one night before:
But whatever you think about her politics, whatever you think about the points that she's making here, watch how good this was just as a political moment, just hitting the notes right, bringing people along with you, bringing them to their feet.
Just watch this.
MARTINEZ: When I was a young prosecutor, I got called to testify against my boss. I could have backed down, but I didn't. I stood up to him and he fired me for it.
So, I took him on. Ran against him for district attorney and beat him by a landslide.
MADDOW: Notice how she finishes that, she gets this huge applause. She doesn't even smile. She waits for it and then allows herself a slight smile to recognize the response she's getting. That was really good.Trust us. Maddow doesn't have the slightest idea "how Martinez has done as governor."
That was Governor Susana Martinez, Republican governor of New Mexico. She just brought the house down.
Susana Martinez is a two-term governor of new Mexico. I will tell you, my personal—my honest assessment of how she has done as governor, that she hasn't had that distinguished a tenure. She's had problems in that state, including embarrassing personal problems, personal moments that she wouldn't have wanted to be caught on tape that were.
But you can tell from the fact that she had the one star performance at the Republican convention in 2012, you can tell she has real talent as a politician. She did get elected twice statewide in New Mexico as a Republican. She's the only female governor that state has ever had. She's the only female Hispanic governor any U.S. state has ever had.
She's the highest profile Latina Republican, not just nationally now but maybe ever, and she also right now has a really important job in Republican politics. In addition to being the two-term governor of New Mexico, she's also chair of the Republican Governors Association.
Despite this fact, Maddow shared her "personal, honest assessment" of Martinez's tenure. After that, she continued to fawn about various points for which Martinez had been mocked exactly one night before.
Maddow seemed to feel that none of her viewers would be struck by her odd change in tone. This is the way the game is now played on this highly tribal, low-IQ TV program.
From there, Maddow described the offense created by Candidate Trump the previous night. She described the ways the candidate had mocked Martinez, failing to note that she had snarked at Martinez in rather similar ways.
Maddow played tape of Candidate Trump as he criticized Martinez. She then pretended to puzzle about what Trump's statements seemed to convey.
The hideous Trump had seemed to be saying that Martinez was "slow," Maddow said, two separate times. The night before, Maddow had mockingly conveyed that impression herself.
In the past few years, Maddow has become one of the biggest fakes on the TV machine. If you watch the videotape of these segments from last Tuesday and Wednesday nights, you'll be seeing a sorry example of what we mean.
Here's something else we must warn you about. You can't believe a single thing you hear on the Maddow program. You have to double-check every fact. Consider where she went next.
As she discussed Trump's remarks about Martinez, Maddow conveyed her sense that Trump had launched a sexist and likely a racist attack on the governor. Then she reported what Trump had said about Elizabeth Warren.
Maddow's gorge was starting to rise. Inevitably, this led the major cable star to state some inaccurate facts.
Maddow played tape of Candidate Trump mocking Elizabeth Warren by calling her "Pocahontas." In response, she said this:
MADDOW: In New Mexico, Donald Trump mocking Elizabeth Warren for having Native American heritage."Pocahontas" is one more in Trump's endless list of derisive, insulting name-calls. But in fact, it isn't clear that Senator Warren has any Native American heritage.
Now, it's not that she doesn't have the heritage. She does. She's part Native American. Donald Trump just finding that disgusting and hilarious and worthy of derisively calling her "Pocahontas" all the time.
Calling Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas," mocking her specifically for being partly Native American, as if that's something she ought to be ashamed of.
It's not like he threw out a script and ended up backsliding into that kind of racist, sexist, name-calling at his political events again. This is how his events are structured now. This is how he's running.
Maddow may remember the story the way she told it this night. If so, her memory seems to be wrong. As a result, Maddow seemed to misdescribe what Trump was mocking Warren for. In the process, her viewers got misinformed.
It's a problem when Candidate Trump name-calls Senator Warren this way. That said, it's also a problem when multimillionaire corporate liberals go on the machine night after night and clown in the ways Maddow does.
In her closing segment last Tuesday, Maddow snarked at the dumbness of Governor Martinez. In her opening segment the very next night, she attacked Trump as a racist and sexist for doing the very same thing!
As a matter of tribal decorum, we liberals aren't supposed to notice when Maddow plays the game this way. That said, she plays it this way almost every night. Tomorrow, we'll move on to the appalling complaints she made last week about another governor.
Maddow merely snarked about Governor Martinez. Her complaints about Governor McAuliffe were so dumb and so politically clueless that they constituted a case of political and journalistic malpractice.
At this point, is anyone dumber than Rachel Maddow? The cable star has become a ginormous corporate clown. Thanks to the power of tribal script, we liberals seem disinclined to notice.
Tomorrow: Four days in May continue
Videotape of both segments: In her closing segment on May 24, Maddow snarked at Martinez, specifically noting her dumbness. To watch the segment, click here.
The very next night, in her opening segment, Maddow fawned about the governor's greatness. As good liberals, we weren't supposed to notice the switch.
To watch that tape, click this.