Ludicrous conduct continues: We can only hope that Slate's Willa Paskin didn't watch the Rachel Maddow Show last night.
(For background, see yesterday's report.)
If she did, she'll probably send to some diploma mill to get her psychiatrist's license. Maddow's lunatic treatment of "the mystery case" involving "the mystery foreign company" dominated her program again last night, without the slightest explanation of why the bulk of her program was being burned up on such an obscure topic.
On the brighter side, Maddow played her entertaining mystery sound four times for the amusement of viewers—at 9:07, 9:08, 9:09 and 9:15 PM Eastern. To enjoy the cool clowning and all the big fun, you can just click here.
According to the Nexis transcript, she referred to "the mystery case" 15 separate times in the course of the program. She referred to "the mystery company" 8 separate times, with 5 additional references to "the mystery corporation."
After an excruciating opening segment took Maddow to 9:25 PM—it involved the obligatory side trip across the valleys and streams for a discussion of Watergate's Judge Sirica—Maddow returned from commercial break at 9:29 for a pointless interview with someone who has filed a Freedom of Information request with respect to this apparently trivial topic.
Late in that first unbearable segment, Maddow seemed to suggest that this so-called mystery case is somehow "going to be key to us understanding as a country what happened in this scandal and the president`s potential liability."
As best we could tell—we occasionally astral projected ourselves to the ceiling, desperately seeking release from the unbearable tedium of Maddow's discussion—she never explained why anyone of sound mind and body should be inclined to think any such thing.
Maddow returned from her second break at 9:39 PM. To all intents and purposes, she had discussed nothing except "the mystery case" through that point in time.
In fairness, she had also treated her viewers like fools with another absurd mischaracterization of William Barr's letter last Friday. And she'd also briefly pleasured the ghouls with this pathetic aside:
MADDOW (4/1/19): This ruling we just got late this afternoon, it's an interesting thing about the mystery case, but I think it may also be a little bit of a heads up for all of us about what's going to happen with the Mueller report and when.Once again, the rubble bounced around Manafort's cell, pleasing our own tribe's ship of ghouls and exposing a side of Our Weirdly Grinning Rhodes Scholar we've told you about in the past.
You probably remember the basics here about the mystery case and why it is so mysterious.
In July of last year, some unknown company that is owned by an unknown foreign country, they received a subpoena to provide evidence to a federal grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia. This was the D.C. grand jury that was convened to handle a whole bunch of special matters derived from the Mueller investigation.
So Mueller's grand jury in D.C. is the grand jury that approved the indictments of campaign chair Paul Manafort, whose 70th birthday is today.
Happy birthday! That's both nice for him because it's his birthday. It's also sad for him because he is spending his 70th birthday in prison.
Our view? Paskin should probably send for that license. Maddow, and her mysterious viewers, could perhaps use a great deal of help.