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Why watch Maddow

It’s because she is a good story teller. In fact, she’s mesmerizing. And in this news environment, story telling is very important.

When I say the word “story”, I don’t mean something that is fiction. A story in this sense is an explanation of a situation with characters, plots, rising actions. When you listen to the news as a story, the complexities are simplified. They get tied to one another. The personalities are interesting. This is the reason why she is overtaking Sean Hannity in her time slot.

It’s less news than a brilliant written history — in real time.

I listened to part of her interview with Comey last night. The precision of her questions and her unflappability made it uncomfortable to listen to. But not only was this interview planned, Comey’s memos were released to the public just minutes before airtime by the justice department. I can’t think of anyone in journalism who is more adept at turning on a dime to cover breaking news without missing a beat and clarifying what could have been chaotic and confusing. And she did it with an ease that was formidable. You would not want Maddow as your special prosecutor.

I would recommend everyone, including Trumpers, to watch Maddow. This is especially true for Trumpers because the story aspect of the Mueller investigation makes it easier to understand, even if they still support Trump. While other news outlets like Fox, and even CNN to some extent, behave like the person speaking the loudest wins, Maddow especially makes everyone think through every sentence until it is mutually intelligible, while everyone uses their indoor voices.

You may not like what you hear. You may even disagree with the interpretation of facts. But if we are all taking about the same story, we can argue with each other about the common contents of that story. A Maddow listener is less likely to be thrown by new characters and plot lines. She seemlessly weaves them into the narrative.

She is truly a gem. There’s no one in news who comes close. She’s an unusual journalist with prodigious gifts of narrative and steady assurance.

And if you missed Maddow’s interview with Comey where she was able to put him on the hot seat and extract information from him that no other interviewer has gotten from him in the last week, you can listen to her podcast from last night and catch every second.

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  1. Agree with your assessment of Maddow. I had a tough time adjusting to her style at first (because I was too impatient and she drags on a bit, may be for the slow learners out there). Last night was spectacular and her taking him to task about the way he treated Lynch and he again tried to get away with it saying it was classified and she wouldn’t have it — (paraphrasing) ‘so you thought the misinformed people will judge you and your institution badly,’ hah — welcome to the story of Comey’s life!

    • Yes, her style is slow at first but it’s so colorful you can’t stop listening. And she usually starts off with some pre-story where you don’t know how that fits into the news. Then she ties it all together.

  2. From early on, the Clinton camp saw Trump as an enemy to encourage, Chozick writes. During the campaign, as had been previously reported, there was an effort to elevate Trump into a so-called Pied Piper in order to tie him to the mainstream of the Republican Party.

    “An agenda for an upcoming campaign meeting sent by [Campaign Manager] Robby Mook’s office asked, ‘How do we maximize Trump?’” Chozick writes, describing a time when the GOP primary was still crowded.

    All that seems to lead into the damaging video of Clinton calling half of Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables,” at a New York fundraiser in September 2016.

    That was no slip of the tongue, since “Hillary always broke down Trump supporters into three baskets,” Chozick writes.

    “The Deplorables always got a laugh, over living-room chats in the Hamptons, at dinner parties under the stars on Martha’s Vineyard, over passed hors d’oeuvres in Beverly Hills, and during sunset cocktails in Silicon Valley,” Chozick continues.

    “‘I really messed up,’ [Clinton] told aides that night,” Chozick writes of the evening when the candidate’s Deplorables shtick went public.

    On the night of the election, Chozick describes a dejected Clinton when she was told by campaign staffers that it was over.

    “Of all the Brooklyn aides, Jen Palmieri had the most pleasant bedside manner,” Chozick writes. “That made her the designated deliverer of bad news to Hillary. But not this time. She told Robby there was no way she was going to tell Hillary she couldn’t win. That’s when Robby, drained and deflated, watching the results with his team in a room down the hall from Hillary’s suite, labored into the hallway of the Peninsula to break the news. Hillary didn’t seem all that surprised. ‘I knew it. I knew this would happen to me….’ Hillary said, now within a couple of inches of his face. ‘They were never going to let me be president.’”


    • She would still have helped those deplorables unlike the incompetent mfers you have elected. And she was right too about what she said if how Russia and other nefarious characters used these gullible prejudiced people to their own ulterior motive. You all lost a country by winning.

    • Facebook fake news + conspiracies + pizzagate + ugly fake videos + racism + sexism + homophobia +…on and on are things these people believed. Oh of course EMAILS! Ginned up by the republicans, Comey and the media.

    • Oh I didn’t recognize who this Chozick bitch is – she is from NYT and is being called out by Chelsea for false line right at the beginning. Huh, mfers they can’t even fact check and write stuff that is true. Fuck them! Remember you all lost a country while you won an election.

      • She’s basically turned herself into a laughingstock with her nonsense book. This is what happens when you don’t fact check.

    • Read this carefully. It appears to aimed at you and your cronies.

  3. We have Maddow and then we have this fucker Hayes. I turned the channel.

  4. who wants to be college dropout Chuck Todd in the middle of Maddow, Ari Melber, Nicole Wallace, Lawrence and even that fucking Brian W..

    Ari Melber and Nicole Wallace should get Chris Hayes and Mathews slots. And give that guy John Heileman a vacation — he is sooo boring.

  5. And now, a word from your President:

    • That other guy is playing your guy like a violin. The site was damaged and unusable and too close to China. …and had to be shutdown. He is having the cake and eating it too. This is going to be bad.

    • Don’t be surprised if South Korea solves its own problems, Niles.
      In any case, North Korea has never been a serious threat to the United States. It’s a threat to China, Japan and South Korea. It just uses anti American propaganda to unify the country. Sort of like how the GOP uses anti Liberal propaganda to unify the More gullible among us. The goal is to keep North Koreans fearful and militant and complacent enough to live with their crazy dictator.
      It works so well that Trump has adopted it as his governing philosophy.
      I’m predicting he’s not going to get his military parade this fall. I think he’ll be out of the Oval Office by then. The worm is starting to turn on him. Michael Cohen is not the only person burned by Trump who will turn on him.

      • You are so right. trump is the Kim Jong Un of the GOP.

      • It just uses anti American propaganda to unify the country. Sort of like how the GOP uses anti Liberal propaganda to unify the More gullible among us. The goal is to keep North Koreans fearful and militant and complacent enough to live with their crazy dictator.
        It works so well that Trump has adopted it as his governing philosophy.

        This is a post to be front paged. He is the Kim Jong Un of the GOP. and hijacked a weak and corrupt GOP with the help of foreign adversaries, and that the party apparatus was made complicit wittingly or unwittingly. They are going along with him for fear that their brand will be killed for eternity if they showed him up. I think GOP strategy is to ride his first term without Mueller doing damage (to the party) and then boot him out.

      • Sort of like how the GOP uses anti Liberal propaganda to unify the more gullible among us.

        Also sort of like how You Know Whom used anti-Semitic propaganda to unify the more gullible among the Volk.

    • “And now, a word from your President”

      He’s not my president.

      He’s not Niles’s president, either, despite Niles’s delusion that he is.

      He’s Putin’s president, because Putin owns him.

      Nice one, Vlad.

      You pulled a digital Pearl Harbor.

      But, Vlad, do you remember what happened to the national which pulled the original, analog Pearl Harbor?


      Now, they are a nation of placid eunuchs who make cars, electronics, and those cute schoolgirl cartoons, [snark]which Niles loves[/snark], for us.

      We are going to purge your traitors out of our government, Vlad.

      All the way to the top.

      We are going to clean up the polling systems and the gerrymandering which let your brainwashed Johnny Rebs and Copperheads, such as Niles and his fellow cr@wd@ds, put your hired Republican traitors into our political offices.

      And then, we are coming for you, and your shitty, perpetually authoritarian, altogether inferior country.

      The chickens are not coming home to roost.


      “I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”–Yamamoto, after Pearl Harbor.

  6. More cr@wd@d repellent, a day early.

  7. Hey RD, saw this on your twitter tl and had to respond this way. I/we do this all the time. Driving (with music) is how both I and my hubs relax. In fact I have an hour long commute and even after a hard days work, I look forward to jumping in my car and getting on Rock Creek Parkway/Beach drive or even the beltway with some really good (and long) music. I am dancing/tapping/shaking in my seat to the rhythm and melody. Beltway had a crash couple of days ago and I spent an hour just to cross the bridge and once I did, I hopped on GW Pkwy to escape the traffic jam and it was gorgeous. Spring/Fall are beautiful around here. And I have the best commute route!

  8. People elected this dumb fucker to run the finest first world country in the world, you know the country which put a man on the moon! SMH…

    • And here he is admitting to using Barron as an alias. How dumb can you be to vote for this guy?

    • For bonus just for today, he can’t spell common English words, way worse than Quayle. “Council” “Shadey”

  9. The invisible minority presidency of Donald Trump — he can’t show his face where needed because he is ashamed or because people are embarrassed to have him there and don’t want him there. It is sad that where he thinks he fits is a rally where people of his ilk scream ‘lock her up’ and other obscenities!

    What a sad state of affairs for America!

    • Andrea Mitchell (NOT my favorite “pundit”) said that historically only First Ladies are expected to attend another First Lady’s funeral and that the sitting Prez doesn’t attend for security/courtesy reasons, i.e., securing the prez would be disruptive to the services. At least Melania, looked happy for once. But, i also heard that the family did not want his slime trail in their presence. No fan of Michelle but she looks lovely. I love that Bush II has his arms around both Laura and Hillary. Sweet.

      • Yeah tradition gives him an excuse but he doesn’t pitch the first ball, he doesn’t go to the Kennedy center or WH Correspondents dinner… and so on. He is a misfit and he knows it.

        • I would love to see him pitch a ball, and fall on his face, Totally agree with your conclusions PM and I suspect the Bush family really didn’t want him there.

      • Damn, her shoes look uncomfortable. Look at how strained her ankles look in them. She should have gone with the next heel height down.

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