TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2022
Dissembling all the way down: In fairness, no—it wasn't exactly "rhetoric."
That said, we watched Rachel Maddow last night. At present, Monday is her one night on the air.
We watched Maddow's performance. We'd have to say that what we saw was dissembling all the way down.
Maddow has always been like this. The extent of the harm to our failing blue tribe—to our transparently failing nation—would be hard to overstate.
Maddow is currently on a type of "hiatus," performing just one night per week on our own tribe's corporate cable. According to widespread reports, she is being paid $30 million per year by NBC to engage in this hiatus.
What is she doing when she's not on the air? Pathetically, this is what the AP (and many others) originally reported:
BAUDER (1/31/22): Rachel Maddow, MSNBC’s most popular personality, said Monday she will be taking a hiatus from her prime time show until April to work on a new podcast and that a movie is being made of her first book and podcast about former Vice President Spiro Agnew.
“Change is good,” she said on her show. “Change is absolutely terrifying, but in this case it’s good.”
She said she’s going to help out with the movie of “Bag Man” on former President Richard Nixon’s disgraced vice president, to be directed by Ben Stiller and produced by “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels.
At present, our "most popular personality" is back on the air, but only one night per week.
Elsewhere, she's working on a crucial project—a film about Nixon's disgraced vice president, an early propagandist and low-dollar crook—a fellow who was forced out of office forty-nine years ago and was never heard from again.
Try to understand:
Inflation is wildly out of control; parents can't find formula for their babies; Central Europe is being devoured by a vicious, ugly war; crime rates are on the rise; President Biden may be having trouble explaining about Taiwan; and needless to say, immigration.
In the face of these disasters (and many others), Maddow is off in La La Land, feeding her deeply disordered need to locate and showcase the moral depredations of The Others.
She lost her perspective long ago, to the extent that she ever had it. Still and all, Hollywood fame!
Last night, we were appalled by the non-stop dissembling with which she opened her program. Could NBC possibly pay her $60 million per year to stay off the air for all time?
As for the TV star herself, she chuckled and smiled and mugged and clowned all through last night's opening segment. As part of the entertainment nd tribal reassurance package, she didn't hesitate to tell us that it concerned someone with a funny name:
"Congressman Barry Loudermilk! I mean, one of the most amazing names in Congress by the way, right? Barry Loudermilk! Yeah!"
So she said at 9:12 P.M. Eastern, rolling her eyes as she did. By now, this TV star's spectacular dumbness seems to observe no limits of any kind.
MSNBC has been slow-walking transcript production for months. We take it as fairly obvious why the network is doing this.
We aren't going to do the transcribing which would let us discuss last evening's reams of selective presentation. But we can certainly tell y ou this about the crumbling state of American "journalistic" culture:
At the highest ends, the rewards are too damn high.
We first told you many years ago. You can't have a middle-class democracy with a multimillionaire press corps.
The wealth and the fame attract the wrong people to start with. To the extent that sensible people end up landing the superstar jobs, you'll see a very strong tendency for them to lose their way—to abandon their principles and their dignity—as their corporate careers continue.
Those who resist disappear forever. They're never heard of again.
Maddow had limited judgment right from the start—but that was mixed with a tremendous ability to "sell the car." She's been selling the car—more precisely, the fully-loaded model known as The Maddow—ever since the fall of 2008, and most of us in our blue tribe are unable to see the problem with what she endlessly does.
Quite routinely, The Others can't see the obvious flaws with their own "cable news" gods. At this time of tribal war, we can't see the flaws with Ours.
Last night, it wasn't exactly rhetoric. It was something worse.
Tomorrow: Back to our tribe's sorry rhetoric?