"Cable news" channel slow-walking again!


Current state of a rolling charade: Our national polity is dissolving in various ways. Just to establish the historical record, we thought we'd mention the fact that MSNBC seems to be slow-walking its transcript production again.

Here it is, Friday afternoon, and the channel hasn't produced any transcripts since Monday's batch appeared. We would have liked to show you the way the channel's top star clowned her way through Wednesday night's program, but the chance to do that may yet be several days away.

(Or they may just stop producing transcripts altogether, as they did for several months within the past year.)

For a couple of years, that cable star, Rachel Maddow, had an on-site adult minder (Bill Wolfe). His background was in comedy and sports rather than news, but at least he was a grown-up.

Eventually, though, supervision ceased. Result?

For the first thirteen minutes of Wednesday's program, the liberal world's silliest child mugged and clowned and enjoyed her own comedy stylings as she played "open mike night" to her heart's content.

We can't link you to a transcript of all the fun; that transcript doesn't exist. Also, we can't link you to videotape of that fun-filled first thirteen. Perhaps for obvious reasons, the tape of that opening thirteen minutes wasn't posted on the Maddow Show's site.

On the bright side, that evening's silly clowning helps draw attention to our eternal child's true interest these days. Essentially, her program is becoming a pseudo-political version of World's Dumbest Criminals, with our silliest child amusing herself with endless comedy stylings built around the dumbest and fringiest of the conservative world's many absurd fringe players.

It's very, very, very dumb. Our tribe is unable to see this.

Wednesday was one of the manic nights, with a great deal of chuckling and chortling. At one point, we even got to enjoy, for no apparent reason, a wonderful bit of deliberate "stage lisping." 

Our nation is sliding toward the sea. That said, the widely loved corporate cable star was very much on her game!


  1. "It's very, very, very dumb."

    Hey, it's liberal, ain't it? No need to be tautological, dear Bob.

    ...but is it, at least, entertaining, in a very, very, very dumb way? Meh. It has gotta be awkward, embarrassing. Cringeworthy.

  2. Somerby sure takes this transcript business personally.

    He also seems to take it as a personal affront when a woman tries to do political comedy and has a bigger audience than Somerby has ever had.

    Today he shows what a small, mean person he is.

  3. Here is what Somerby is avoiding discussing today (from Political Wire):

    "“The Trump administration engaged in ‘deliberate efforts’ to undermine the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic for political purposes, a congressional report released Friday concludes,” NBC News reports.

    “The report, prepared by the House select subcommittee investigating the nation’s Covid response, says the White House repeatedly overruled public health and testing guidance by the nation’s top infectious disease experts and silenced officials in order to promote then-President Donald Trump’s political agenda.”

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