Part 1—We return to Maddow the clown: In the past several months, MSNBC has been runnings ads about its biggest star.
Rather plainly, the ads are designed to con the liberal world's many gullibles about this biggest star. The star in question is Rachel Maddow, host of the low-IQ 9 P.M. weeknight entertainment/propaganda offering, The Rachel Maddow Show.
As we type, we're looking at the ad as it appeared in a recent New Yorker. With just a hint of Soviet realism, it presents a drawing of the star, set off against three blurbs concerning her manifest greatness.
"Arguably the smartest person on TV," the first blurbs says. It's sourced to this brief post in Vanity Fair, in which Bruce Handy discusses Maddow's interview in the March edition of Playboy.
Is Maddow the smartest person on TV? Arguably, she is! It all depends on the meaning of "smartest person on TV!" But arguably, it's she.
Having issued his provisional claim, Handy proceeded to quote this smartest person. This is the text he chose to reprint from her Playboy chat, one of the smartest ever:
MADDOW (3/16): It is weird to be in an industry where everybody is so good-looking. I do not think of myself as a physically attractive person. I think of myself as a goober. I dress like an eight-year-old with a credit card. . . . All those blondes at Fox. I mean, if I worked at a place where they did not allow you to wear sleeves, could you imagine? Or where all the desks had Lucite bottoms so you could show your shins. Jesus, I feel very lucky that at MSNBC they’re like, “You’re fine in the $19 blazer.”Thus spake the arguably smartest one of them all.
Handy has been at Vanity Fair since 1999, when he came over from Time. The general dumbness of his post helps us see what "smartest" means to the people who constitute our upper-end "press corps."
As for Maddow herself, the smartest person was full of excitement at the start of last Wednesday night's TV show.
As she started, she pimped a "special report" that turned out to be anything but. First, though, we were goingt o get some exciting new poll results:
MADDOW (6/29/16): First of all, we've got a new Rachel Maddow Show special report on Flint, Michigan, tonight.That "special report" was anything but, a point we'll review by the end of the week. Nor would it be "first of all,"despite what Maddow had said.
If you have wondered how Flint has been doing after the huge scrum of media attention they got a few months back when the country was briefly transfixed by that city getting lead-poisoned by Michigan state government, well, now we have gone back to Flint. And in our special report tonight, you will see that what has happened there in the last few months, and what is happening there right now is stuff that will surprise you.
That is coming up tonight.
We've also got exclusively some brand-new polling data in the presidential race, data that nobody else has got. We are debuting it here, hot off the presses tonight.
Before we got that "special report," we got those brand-new polling data, which were hot off the presses. Maddow had the data exclusively, as she excitedly said.
The hot new data came from PPP, a polling concern with which the Maddow Show has concocted some sort of arrangement. Needless to say, the new polling data were no more useful than any of the tons of data already available, but Maddow didn't tell the gullibles that.
Arguably, Maddow is too smart to provide that sort of information to the gullibles who tune her in. Instead, she entertained us this night with "the greatest polling question yet of the 2016 race."
What was that greatest question? Three minutes into his orange-shoed program, the smartest person was saying this, as a bit of a tease:
MADDOW: Here's the great thing, though, about having a first look at polling data specifically from PPP, as we do tonight. Because PPP is sort of—Interesting! We were about to see the data which resulted when PPP dared to ask one of "the burning questions that real people actually talk about and actually worry about."
"Eccentric" is not the right word. "Out of the box," that's the right phrase! They're not afraid to think outside the box. That's the way we'll put it.
PPP is the polling company that is most likely to ask burning, if weird, questions that real people actually talk about and actually worry about, even if no other pollster wants to go there.
According to the smartest person, this particular burning question was the greatest polling question yet! Here's what the smartest person said when she gave it to us verbatim:
MADDOW: This is truly amazing. Are you ready for what I believe is the greatest polling question yet of the 2016 race? Are you ready?To watch this nonsense, click here.
I'm going to read it to you verbatim. This is exactly how it was asked for, how it was asked for this nationwide poll of registered voters that we have got for the first time here tonight.
Are you ready? Here it is. I am quoting directly:
"If the choices for president were Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, or a giant meteor hitting the earth, which would you choose?"
As the smartest person continued, she gave us the relevant data. She told us what happened when PPP asked that greatest question of all, the question the others won't ask.
Briefly, we'll review those data when we return to this topic tomorrow. For today, please understand the focus of this week's award-winning, four-part report.
Manifestly, the smartest person on TV is a corporate con man, a clown. She seems to be convinced that her liberal audience is arguably quite dumb. She seems quite happy to work from that self-dealing premise.
By the way:
In PPP's new nationwide poll, Candidate Clinton was leading Candidate Trump, but only by one point. That result was an outlier, but it wasn't a massive outlier.
How did we ever reach the point where such a poll result could occur? For ourselves, we'd point to a long-standing culture of dumbness—the culture in which we're told that this manifest music man is just extremely smart.
In fairness, Maddow has become rich and famous playing this low-IQ game. Arguably, though, Candidate Trump could end up in the White House.
Tomorrow: The dumbness was present all week