Rachel sells you the car: Last night, Rachel Maddow made it official. Greta Van Susteren is coming over to join the MSNBC team.
Full disclosure—we know Greta the very tiniest tad. We've done several shows with her in the past. We'd call her a very nice person.
We've also puzzled, many times, over her performances for Fox. She left the network a few months ago after fourteen years of service.
With respect to her move to MSNBC, it's a tale of two reactions. Two days ago, when the move was being rumored, John Whitehouse offered these thoughts at Media Matters:
WHITEHOUSE (1/4/17): Van Susteren has given Trump a welcoming platform for years. Before the Republican primary, Trump appeared more times on Van Susteren’s On The Record than on the rest of the Fox News prime-time shows combined. During the Republican primary, Van Susteren had Trump on for over five hours, dwarfing other candidates. During these appearances, Trump pushed birtherism, claimed Obama didn’t write his own memoir, and made bigoted remarks about refugees...We can't vouch for every word. We'd be surprised if Van Susteren was hired to lure Trump to MSNBC.
To be fair, On The Record was not the worst on Fox News, and Van Susteren may well have been playing to the conservative audience. But the absolute worst Trump hagiographic moment during his campaign came during her “documentary” interview with his campaign...
Onlookers harshly criticized the special, with MSNBC host—and potential future colleague—Chris Hayes declaring that it was reminiscent of state media under a dictator. Hayes tweet: "A glimpse of what state media will look like after Glorious Leader Trump is victorious."
As of now, Van Susteren’s hiring is still a rumor and may not come to pass. But either way, a likely factor in MSNBC’s desire to add her to its lineup is her established track record of getting access to Trump, which she certainly didn’t accomplish because she subjected him to tough interviews.
That said, if you click to the Whitehouse report, you can look at tape of Van Susteren with Trump. To see a millionaire cable news host getting pistol-whipped by someone who's nuts, check the footage at this post under the headline, "Trump Suggested Obama's Long-Form Birth Certificate Was Forged."
Whitehouse offered one reaction to Van Susteren's possible hiring. Last night, Maddow took a different approach.
She gushed and fawned and sold us the car in record-breaking manner. She polished Greta up one side, then buffed her down the other.
We'd post the text of what she said but MSNBC is slow posting its transcripts today, including on Nexis. On this official network site, it hasn't posted Maddow transcripts since December 14. Whatever!
Later today or tomorrow, we'll post what Maddow said. In the meantime, to watch an all-star selling a car, you can just click here.
Fair warning: If you click that link, you'll encounter this headline at Maddow's site:
Rachel Maddow: "Greta is great!"
People, we're just saying.