I don’t know why this kind of thing surprises me anymore, but it does. I cannot conceive of anyone with Rachel Maddow’s history and habits being so self-deluded and divorced from reality as to say something like this out loud, much less on national television.
And yet in the midst of the gnashing and wailing last night on MSNBC over Terry McAuliffe’s SO richly deserved defeat in Virginia, Maddow actually said, “To have the Fox News channel, our friends at the Fox News channel, building their programming, particularly the prime time programming, around this for months. They’re building a campaign platform for conservative candidates to run on it everywhere.”
“Even though it’s not actually taught anywhere. Even though it’s not a real thing,” Maddow continued, referring to critical race theory—-which is a real thing and is taught and evoked in various forms all over the country. “There’s nothing you could pay for in any campaign that would equal the kind of free help you’d get from that kind of conservative media, just fire hose on the issue.”
Isn’t Maddow, of all people, making that statement amazing?
This comes from an esteemed member of the mainstream media that built its programming for four years on attacking, smearing, and denigrating Donald Trump. Speaking of not being a “real thing,” Maddow in particular throttled the air-waves with breathless tales of supposedly smoking gun evidence that President Trump had actively conspired with Russia to steal the 2016 election. It was completely untrue. When that lie ran out of gas, she moved over to two illicit impeachment theories, periodically interrupted by guests who swore that Trump had to be removed under the 25th Amendment, as Rachel nodded. Six networks joined her in this assault on an elected President to ensure his defeat (if they couldn’t get him removed before the election), none more relentlessly and shamelessly than MSNBC, and no journalist on any of the six more enthusiastically than Maddow.
She’s complaining about Fox News’ “free help” from the side of journalism that buried the Hunter Biden laptop revelations so Joe Biden wasn’t burdened with an October surprise. Wow. I just wrote about the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent making making the same Fox News excuse for McAuliffe’s defeat, and now here’s Maddow trying the same thing. Do memos circulate to all the mainstream media hacks with these talking points? Will someone please tell them why this one is insane? This makes all of them look ridiculous.
Is it possible, as I mused in the last post, that these people don’t know they are biased, dishonest, partisan blights on the culture and enemies of a functioning democracy? But how could that be?
Maddow’s complaint is like the Hillside Strangler opining that Ted Bundy is a menace to society, and expecting to be taken seriously, even as he wipes the blood off his hands.
[Incidentally, the animation above is courtesy of Steve Witherspoon. It has become indispensable, unfortunately.]