Rachel does it again: Last Friday evening’s Maddow Show was a gruesome hour.
As Maddow started this 14-minute segment, she introduced a scary demographic from “an alternate universe.”
We refer, of course, to “your older male relative”—your scary, crazy old uncle. Warning! These demons were destined to play a major role in another in Maddow’s string of large factual groaners:
MADDOW (10/24/14): OK. Time to visit an alternate universe. Time to visit the email inbox of your older male relative.Maddow was having some fun with another group of Those People. In this case, she was talking about your “older male relative,” who lives in the world of “all-capital-letters paranoia.”
Let’s call him your uncle who watches Fox News all day, the one who makes you half-love Thanksgiving dinner with your extended family and half-dread it all year long because he’s going to be there.
In the alternate universe of your Fox News-watching conservative uncle’s email inbox, in that world of aggrieved conservative, all-capital-letters paranoia, this is the biggest deal in the world right now. This is official surveillance camera footage shot inside the board of elections in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Now, it’s surveillance video, so it’s a little herky-jerky. But you can clearly see people entering the facility, coming through the doors. And they’re coming in there to drop off their ballots for the election.
This county has a collection box set up. You see person after person coming through the doors and dropping off their ballots.
But, then, in this video—Dun, dun, dunnnnnn!—there’s this guy. And your Fox News-watching uncle is very upset by this guy right now.
As you can see, the guy is wearing shorts and flip-flops and a t-shirt. The t-shirt is from a group called Citizens for a Better Arizona.
Because your uncle watches Fox all day, Maddow says he is very upset about something in Arizona. Before we see where the ginormous groaner comes in, let’s spend a bit more time on the unpleasant portrait she drew.
Maddow has superb manners—when people are physically present. At the same time, she often displays terrible judgment concerning various groups of Those People out in the rube-y red states. Let’s say she isn’t obsessively loving toward the large groups of people she loathes.
As she continued, she kept discussing your older uncle. Along with his paranoia, it seems he’s a smidge racist too:
MADDOW: The frenzy started spread at Arizona right wing blog. It spread from there and all the national right-wing blogs. And now, I guarantee you, your aforementioned conservative uncle is painting his Facebook wall with this story, and with this damning surveillance camera footage, as we speak. Did I mention that the guy in the video is clearly Hispanic?Rachel guaranteed it! Your paranoid uncle is upset because the guy in Arizona is Hispanic!
As she continued the segment, Maddow kept sprinkling in additional insults about your older male relative. Apparently, women no longer watch Fox:
MADDOW: The crime of legally participating in the normal voting process while appearing to be Hispanic has blown up on the right this week like a dirty bomb. And your uncle is not going to pass you the marshmallow yams at Thanksgiving this year until he gets a straight answer from you about what really happened in Maricopa County because he saw the tape.She closed with a screed about the way Fox has been making up facts. “This is nuts this year,” she said. “Tell your uncle I said so.”
So from the alternate universe of America’s right-wing media, you should know that that is part one of what they rolled out this week. But it is a week and a half before the national election, and your paranoid conservative uncle’s inbox does really need filling at this point in time.
The election is a week and a half away and your uncle needs reading material.
To be fair, the Republican Party proper is not responsible for fringy right-wing blogs and the stuff that they make up on the Fox News Channel and your uncle and his “Where’s the birth?” t-shirt, right? I mean, that is what’s going on in the right, but you can’t expect the Republican Party to answer for all of that, just as you don’t expect the Democratic Party to answer for the whole left.
To her credit, Rachel didn’t engage in a week and a half of dick jokes this time—while pretending she’s deeply embarrassed by all the dick jokes, of course. That said, this is a very dumb, unpleasant way for an alleged progressive to behave toward a large demographic—toward a very large group of people, toward people who are people pretty much like she is.
Maddow displays very strange judgment about matters of this type. That said, let’s get to the gigantic groaner which lay at the heart of this segment.
According to Maddow, your paranoid, racist, Fox-watching uncle is very upset about that tape from Arizona. Because he “watches Fox News all day,” he isn’t going to pass you the yams until you explain that videotape from Maricopa County.
Did we mention that the guy in the tape is clearly Hispanic?
Here’s the problem:
When we watched this segment last Friday, we didn’t think we’d ever seen anything on Fox about the stupid, manufactured non-issue in Arizona.
That said, we don’t watch Fox in a systematic way. So we decided to do a very strange thing—we decided to check.
We used a simple search term: “Arizona.” Searching on Nexis back through October 1, we found no sign that the issue in question had ever been mentioned on Fox.
We found no mentions by Bill O’Reilly or by Megyn Kelly. We found no mentions by Sean or Greta.
Unless Nexis is crazily wrong, the topic hasn’t been mentioned on The Five or on Special Report. Neil Cavuto hadn’t mentioned it either. (He airs daily at 4.)
Let’s be fair! Nexis only covers Fox programs which air between the hours of 4 PM and 5 AM. But in the 13 hours per day that Nexis does cover, we found no sign that the topic in question had been mentioned on Fox at all.
Maddow did catch one error by Fox in this insult-laden segment. Megyn Kelly had made an error about a voting procedure in Colorado.
For once in her recent life, Maddow got something right!
That said, Maddow led the segment with the Arizona hubbub. She guaranteed that your crazy older uncle will hassle you about it this year—because he watches Fox.
We can’t say that no one has ever played this card on the daytime side of Fox. That said, Maddow offered no examples. We were expected to take her guarantees as a matter of trust.
We’ve long since stopped expecting Maddow to get her basic facts right. In our view, her political insights are about as useful as those from a Ouija board.
That said, her programs since last Friday night have been a blunderbuss of embarrassing errors, even as she keeps warning her viewera about all the errors on Fox.
Fox does make a ton of errors; increasingly, so does Maddow. The more troubling part of last Friday’s segment was her unpleasant mocking of your older male relative, the one who is racist and paranoid.
(This Thanksgiving, tell him what Rachel did! At long last, he’ll have something to be paranoid about!)
Maddow’s incessant clowning and self-involvement are now being matched by an almost pathological disregard for facts. By the way:
This Wednesday night, she made another groaning error about the things they're supposedly saying on Fox. As she grinningly staged that embarrassing mess, she sat beneath a large billboard:
“WHAT YOUR UNCLE WHO WATCHES FOX ALL DAY IS UPSET ABOUT NOW”
Truly, this is a bad idea. Both parts of this bullshit should stop.