FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
Is Maddow the world’s greatest hoax: Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) has published a new science book.
“The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.” That’s the name of the book.
Last night, Inhofe appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show. He was interviewed for two complete segments, totaling 21 minutes.
Next week, we’ll discuss this program in more detail. But you owe it to yourself to watch last evening’s debacle.
In the first segment, Maddow was crushed, then left for dead, concerning the science of climate change. A high school senior might have been better prepared. Putting her haplessness to good use, Inhofe steamrolled the world’s most smartest liberal.
(Early on, Rachel said this: “Wait. Hold on. I don’t have an opinion on it.” That wasn’t exactly what she meant, but things went straight downhill from there. You owe it to yourself to watch. To do so, just click here.)
The second segment may have been worse. Rachel completely switched the subject, building a long complaint around the claim that her own work is misrepresented at one point in Inhofe’s book. (The self-importance was simply astounding.) In the process, Maddow quit on the topic of climate change, switching to the topic of the Ugandan “kill the gays” bill.
This might have produced a worthwhile exchange. But Maddow was poorly prepared for this topic too. This snark-driven cable clown simply can’t do it. To watch this segment, click here.
Have we ever seen a more hapless performance? Our thoughts drift back to the pitiful work of Ted Koppel and Lawrence O’Donnell in the fall of 2004 when they failed to prepare themselves for interviews with Swift Boat captain John O’Neill.
Koppel and O’Donnell were truly awful. But Maddow was utterly hapless last night. The interview should be sung to the tune of “Helplessly Hoping.” You really should click and watch.
(To watch the six-minute segment which set the stage for this painful performance, go ahead: Just click here.)
Inhofe is one of the world’s biggest kooks. Last night, he ate Our Own Rhodes Scholar for lunch. This was corporate cable “news” at its least varnished. Was the Times' Brian Stelter watching at home? If so, was he “intellectually stimulated?”
More on this miserable effort next week. But you should click and watch the way Maddow was crushed, then left for dead, by our top climate denier.
Keep a few words in your mind as you watch: Incompetent. Sad. Unprepared.
Snark-driven. Worthless. Can't do it.