LOSERS: For starters, a bit of comic relief!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016

Part 2—Rachel keeps selling the car(s):
We liberals just lost a presidential election to the craziest person who ever sought the office.

How did we get to be such losers? Just to establish a bit of a framework, consider Paul Krugman's most recent column.

Yesterday morning, Krugman penned a valuable piece about the phenomenon known as "self-dealing." Focusing on education nominee Betsy DeVos, he discussed the types of grifters being selected for service under Trump.

He described the "self-dealing" in which they, like their boss, will likely engage. As he did, he drew an important distinction:

According to Krugman, the problem doesn't lie in the wads of cash these grifters may seize in the course of their service. According to Krugman, the problem lies in the bad policy choices their grifting is likely to cause.

Truth to tell, we aren't sure Krugman totally knew whereof he spoke in his remarks about charter schools. He seems to be accepting some research which seems quite shaky to us. (We expect to discuss this point at a later date.)

That said, Krugman is right on target when he discusses the way "self-dealing" can produce bad policy decisions. That said, the same thing is true of journalistic decisions. Just consider the self-dealing of our own corporate liberal star, the increasingly ridiculous Rachel Maddow.

Here on our sprawling campus, we tend to describe Maddow's self-dealing as "selling the car." Here's where that award-winning locution came from:

Maddow is an excellent salesperson, we constantly warn the analysts. If she were actually selling cars, there wouldn't be a single car left on the lot.

Unfortunately, the car which Maddow sells each night is most often The Maddow. Maddow is constantly selling herself. This form of self-dealing has helped produce years of bad journalistic decisions.

How did we liberals become such losers? Our loser instincts were well entrenched before the suits found Maddow. But for today, let's enjoy a bit of comic relief as we consider a couple of ways Our Own Rhodes Scholar keeps selling the car.

It was Monday evening, November 21. Maddow started by spooning us some porridge about a small white supremacist conference.

After that, she entertained us with video clips from old Saturday Night Live claptrap. piddle and bullroar. Did you know that President Ford was physically clumsy? As Rachel helped us recall, the giants at SNL did!

After this feeding and entertainment, Rachel was about to introduce her guest. Luckily, her guest this night wasn't just any guest! As she teased her guest'a appearance, can you spot the familiar way she was selling the car?
MADDOW (11/21/16): Since the election, there is one journalist who has spoken at length with President Obama about his plans, about the Democratic Party, what happens for the Democratic Party next, about Donald Trump, about Obama's meeting with Trump.

That journalist, who has had that conversation, is the New Yorker's David Remnick. He's a genius and he joins us here live, next.
Incredibly, David Remnick—he's a genius—was going to join us live!

Question: Is David Remnick a genius? Inevitably, it all depends on what the meaning of "genius" is. But the simplest answer is "no."

Let's be fair! David Remnick doesn't describe himself as a genius; he's too sensible for that. And no else describes Remnick that way, except when they're selling the car.

That said, Maddow is often selling the car when she introduces her guests. Or when she bids them adieu, as in this recent leave-taking after an interview with Jane Mayer:
MADDOW (10/31/16): Jane Mayer, staff writer for the New Yorker magazine and, in my humble opinion, a national treasure of a reporter.

MAYER: Thank you.

MADDOW: Jane, thank you for being here. I appreciate it.
Is Jane Mayer "a national treasure?" When Rachel starts selling the car, it turns out that she is!

How is Maddow "selling the car" in these effusions of praise? Actually, she's selling two different cars in two different ways.

Before we explain, let's enjoy a bit of comic relief as we review a more typical way Maddow heaps praise on her guests. Let start in the days after the recent election—the disastrous election we world-class losers somehow managed to boot.

The children, upset by the loss, almost seemed to be huddling together in their secret garden. Two nights after the election, Maddow introduced a guest:
MADDOW (11/10/16): Joining us now is the host of All In here on MSNBC, the great Chris Hayes, who stayed late to talk to me about that interview and watched it live as it happened. Chris, thank you so much for staying. I really appreciate it, my friend.

HAYES: Absolutely, any time.
She wasn't speaking with Chris Hayes—she was speaking with "the great Chris Hayes." (Two nights before, as results poured in, she had introduced him as "the great and good Chris Hayes.")

As the children huddled together, they agreed to interview each other more often. We were struck by the oddness of that pledge, but the analysts laughed and howled at Maddow's introduction.

Increasingly, Maddow deals with the greats. In the last few months, she has introduced "the great Tom Brokaw" and "the great and good Joy Reid." She has described the work of "my colleague and my friend, the great Nicolle Wallace."

On November 2, she introduced "the great Steve Kornacki," inviting him to waste everyone;s time at the map. When their utterly useless orgy of failed election predictions was finally done, she said good night to this great, good man in the same fawning manner.

(That made it "a double," the analysts cried; such "doubles" are quite uncommon. She had also introduced "the great Steve Kornacki" back in early August.)

Almost everyone on Maddow's show seems to be great these days. Dating back to the conventions, she has spoken with "the great Hallie Jackson," with "the great Rosa Brooks" and of course with "the great Dan Rather."

She has interviewed "the great and good E. J. Dionne." She has chatted pointlessly with "the great Garry Trudeau."

Last Wednesday night, Maddow introduced "the great Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian." It was the third time she'd hailed "the great Michael Beschloss" just since mid-July!

When you see TV stars acting this way, you need to check your wallets. Rather plainly, this corporate scourge of progressive interests is selling two different cars when she toys with her viewers this way.

On the one hand, she's clearly selling The Maddow. Trust us! When TV stars say others are great, they're doing it so the others will feel the need to say the same thing about them. Just this month, several years of such effort by Maddow finally paid off in a way we'll share below.

Maddow is selling a second car when she praises "the greats." She's functioning as a company man, telling you that all her fellow NBC stars are great.

She assumes that we're too dumb to know that she's selling her company's car in this way. Based upon her ratings, her assumption may be correct.

Maddow has introduced many "greats" down through the years. That includes the last two years, during which her program has been massively dumbed down.

According to a search of the Nexis archive, she has introduced "the great Frank Rich" on seven occasions. She has introduced "the great Dan Rather" on six.

She has introduced "the great Andrea Mitchell" on five occasions, "the great Chris Matthews" on four. In this way, she constantly tells you that her company's product is great.

Her company's product isn't great. But the NBC car must be sold!

Maddow is constantly selling her company's cars when she hands you "the greats." But she's also selling her own car. Consider what finally happened just in this past two weeks.

As best we can tell, the person Maddow has praised most often is "the great Chris Hayes." She has introduced "the great Chris Hayes" on at least twelve different occasions down through the years.

As we mentioned, stars engage in this silly fawning assuming that they will be praised in return. Hayes deserves a lot of credit for resisting this pressure.

Hayes fought long and hard down through the years, resisting the need to reply. But just this month, in the wake of defeat, he finally succumbed to the pressure.

The children were huddled in their garden when Hayes finally succumbed:
HAYES (11/11/16): All right. Up next, the great Rachel Maddow joins me to talk about the massive conflicts in Donald Trump's transition team and the media's responsibility as the Trump presidency approaches. That's after the break.

[...]

HAYES: That is extremely well put as always. Rachel Maddow, my good, good friend, my comrade, my buddy. Thank you.

MADDOW: Thank you. Chris, will you come on my show on Monday? Can we just have to keep doing back and forth for a few days?

HAYES: Yes, let's keep doing this. Yes.

MADDOW: OK. Will do. Thanks, my friend.
As always, Maddow's remarks had been "extremely well put!" But on this night, it finally happened. After years of resistance, Hayes finally succumbed to the pressure.

By now, he'd been called "the great Chris Hayes" on twelve different occasions. At long last, after years of resistance, he spoke of "the great Rachel Maddow." Maddow had sold him the car!

We offer this as a bit of comic relief in the wake of a great disaster. But Maddow is constantly selling the car on her nightly program.

She serves us the types of porridge we like, cons us into thinking it's great. If Maddow were an actual salesman, no cars would be left on the lot.

Unfortunately, people who are selling a product may not have our best interests at heart. They will engage in relentless self-dealing. As in government, so too in "journalism;" this will produce bad decisions.

Over the next few weeks, we plan to look at the various ways we liberals managed to lose an election to a person who's visibly nuts. As part of that discussion, we'll spend some time reviewing the important topics Maddow refused to discuss over the past two years.

Maddow serves us the porridge we like. She stays away from the topics which may be dangerous. She has run and hid for many years. Unless we're devoted losers, it's time we discussed this fact.

Truly great journalists know what we need. Self-dealing hustlers like the great Maddow more typically serve what we want.

Tomorrow: Krugman says it three times

14 comments:

  1. We need Maddow now more than ever. If we can't defeat them at the polls, we need to find a scandal that will put them in jail!

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    1. Hello, I am Theresa Williams After being in relationship with Anderson for years, he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to my friend and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem. email: drogunduspellcaster@gmail.com you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or any other Case.

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      not proud of, especially since he has a girlfriend. Not to mention that she’s a girl he dated off and on for 3 years before he dated me.
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      me tons of chances. Oh, and he compared our relationship with his past. He says that things were great, and then they went bad really fast, and thats why his back with his ex. Because it at least took them years for things to get that bad. So i was very sad and disappointing and decided to contact this spell caster for help with tears running out of my
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  2. To correct the kind of error that Bob usually objects to, Gerald Ford was NOT physically clumsy. On the contrary, he was a good enough college football player so that he might have had a pro career. Granted, he was a lineman, but even that position requires a high level of physical coordination, as well as strength and speed. Furthermore, he was an excellent golfer.

    The myth started when he stumbled on camera. The repetition of that brief video along with his bulky frame and a SNL use of that meme cemented that myth into national belief.

    P.S. He wasn't stupid, either. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa at U Michigan and graduated in the top 25% of his class at Yale Law School.

    See http://www.school-for-champions.com/history/was_gerald_ford_a_klutz.htm#.WD2yTvkrKUk

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    1. And, like the great Rachel Maddow, he was a Rhodes Scholar too!

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    2. The great Chevy Chase wasn't physically clumsy either, although he appeared that way on camera. How stupid do you think SNL viewers are, David? It is a comedy show not a news report.

      Are you worried that Ford won't occupy his proper place in history because of SNL? Of course he wasn't stupid. He became president by promising to pardon Nixon. I notice you didn't say anything about his ethics though.

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    3. David, your seeming adoration of Ford's physical prowess strikes me as odd and immature. Factually his frame was not particularly bulky, he barely being six feet and merely 195 pounds, but whatever.

      I'm not convinced Ford was particularly bright. He was a clumsy president; calling for tax increases shortly before calling for tax cuts for example. It was a difficult time though, and he did support federal education legislation, ERA, and abortion - all things modern Republicans do not support.

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  3. "we aren't sure Krugman totally knew whereof he spoke in his remarks about charter schools. He seems to be accepting some research which seems quite shaky to us"

    That's sadly quite routine on non-economic issues for Krugman.

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  4. Last night national treasure Brian Williams asked the super awesome Nichol Wallace what she thought of Godly General Petraeus. She proclaimed him the greatest military leader of our time. The bees knees. What he did to reduce Iraq casualties was one of the greatest military accomplishments of all time. Giving classified information to his sexy-time biographer/mistress; that was for others to talk about.

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  5. Back in the day, Ford gained a reputation for clumsiness because he stumbled a couple of times getting in and out of airplanes. While greeting Nixon upon his return from one of those supposedly triumphant foreign policy excursions, Ford slipped on the icy tarmac and may have bloodied his nose, because I remember him continually wiping it with his hanky as Nixon spoke on developing ententes. The reputation for ungainliness stuck. Dan Quayle, Bush 41's Veep, stumbled mentally a few times and will be forever remembered as a pretty nitwit. The Press likes to saddle their characters with an identifying quirk.

    Many wondered about Ford's intelligence because of his Lennie Small (Of Mice and Men) manner of speaking. It wasn't an unreasonable assumption. Not long after Ford's ascension to the Highest Office in the Land, Man-of-Letters Gore Vidal went on the Tonight Show and told Johnny Carson our new president had the IQ of a cabbage. He got a big laugh from the studio audience and probably most of the viewers at home. When you talk like Bullwinkle on meth, few will believe you're an intellectual.

    I'll give Ford this: in 1998 there was much learned quibbling over what constitutes sufficient grounds for impeaching a President. Nearly 30 years prior, Ford cut the Gordian Knot when he simply stated: "An impeachable offense is whatever the majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history."

    Face it. If only in practical terms, he was right. And let us bear those words of wisdom in mind in the months to come, shall we, hmmm?

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  7. Hello, I am Theresa Williams After being in relationship with Anderson for years, he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to my friend and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem. email: drogunduspellcaster@gmail.com you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or any other Case.

    1) Love Spells
    2) Lost Love Spells
    3) Divorce Spells
    4) Marriage Spells
    5) Binding Spell.
    6) Breakup Spells
    7) Banish a past Lover
    8.) You want to be promoted in your office
    9) want to satisfy your lover
    Contact this great man if you are having any problem for a lasting solution
    through drogunduspellcaster@gmail.com

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  8. Hello,
    I Read the article of a very great spell caster and it seems very helpful to me. I haven’t had the chance to have a proper relationship with my ex because we work together. This will be the final week or work and then I wont be around him constantly. Unfortunately, I broke one of the rules in the article and have been sleeping with him. Something I’m
    not proud of, especially since he has a girlfriend. Not to mention that she’s a girl he dated off and on for 3 years before he dated me.
    When I asked him why he kept sleeping with me even though he was in a relationship, his response was because I wanted it, and he wants me to be happy. But obviously what would make me happy would be to have him all to myself. That was when i read about dr alexzander on how he help people in saving their relationship and i was really despirate for his help. There were things in our relationship that were tough. We traveled for 4 months right in the beginning, and it was hard due to different expectations. When we returned our living situation was unstable which caused a lot of stress on my end. And when I ask why he didn’t give me a chance to make things better he said he gave
    me tons of chances. Oh, and he compared our relationship with his past. He says that things were great, and then they went bad really fast, and thats why his back with his ex. Because it at least took them years for things to get that bad. So i was very sad and disappointing and decided to contact this spell caster for help with tears running out of my
    eyes and Dr alexzander promised to make things right in my relationship and also assured me that my boyfriend is going to come back to me within 78hrs. At first i was shock and didnt believe him because i thought it was impossible to do. But i gave it a try and trusted him. Dr alexzander asked for my details and his, then guarantee me of his return. Truely my ex lover started calling me and also begging me to forgive him and that's his willing to give us a second chance, then promised me never to love any other woman apart from me. it all seem like a miracle to me till now. Dr alexzander. Words can't express how i feel right now. it been 2 month now since you casted that love spell for me and
    nothing have gone bad between us. his now caring more than ever and also the loving kind of Man i have ever wanted for myself in life. I thank you Dr alexzander for saving my relationship. Indeed you are the best. I want to use this media to share my testimony for the whole world to see and know that there is still hope in your broken relationship, No matter how bad it seems don't give up hope and also contact this man who saved my own. you can reach him through his website address http://alexzanderhightemple-com.webs.com or contact him direct with his email address alexzanderhightemple@gmail.com. I thank you dr alexzander for helping me and i will always share my testimony in every social media or place i may go to.
    (From United State Of America).
    Mrs Tracy Grilli.!
    https://tracygrilli.blogspot.com.tr

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