On Subjects Rachel Maddow Won’t Touch with a Ten-Foot Pole

I remember when Rachel Maddow of MSNBC wrote this opinion piece, informing us that the administration of George W. Bush did nothing to cultivate a deep bench of Republican leadership prospects. As far as Maddow was concerned . . . well . . . let's let her words speak for themselves: In the eight years …

Hypocrisy, Thy Television Station of Choice is MSNBC

If you run a news organization that is dedicated to the proposition that paying taxes is A Good Thing, then I suppose it behooves you to ensure that the public faces of your news organization . . . um . . . pay their taxes. For certain people on MSNBC, however, consistency is the hobgoblin …

Matt Welch on MSNBC

Exactly right: MSNBC, on whose shows I have happily participated* (see update below), engages daily in the othering business, of making conservatism itself (and sometimes libertarianism, and other non-Progressive ideological strains) a disreputable condition, explicable in terms of pathology. That this is done in the name of tolerance and sensitivity to punitive stereotypes is one of the ironies …

MSNBC: The Shock-Jock Network

MSNBC sees it as its mission in life to rile conservatives and outrage people. We have seen this tendency play itself out in Martin Bashir's comments about Sarah Palin, in Melissa Harris-Perry's--and friends'--comments about one of Mitt Romney's grandchildren, and now we see it anew in a tweet that all but outright states that all …

Honesty Is Not Rachel Maddow’s Policy

I understand that Rachel Maddow is interested in blaming the Koch BrothersTM for just about every bad thing that happens on this planet, and on multiple others. But when the connection between the Kochs and A Bad Thing is "tenuous" at best, and when the connection may not exist at all, MSNBC should probably pass …

Can We All Stop Taking MSNBC Seriously?

Truly appalling:An MSNBC host apologized Tuesday morning after she and panelists on her weekend program faced criticism after poking fun at a photo of Mitt Romney, his wife and their nearly two dozen grandchildren, zeroing in on the Romneys' recently adopted African-American grandchild, Kieran."I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney …