Tag: Maddow

Aggressive journalists desperately needed.

December 9, 2009 | By | Reply More
Aggressive journalists desperately needed.

Glenn Greenwald asks why there aren’t more journalists willing to conduct hardball interviews of politically powerful guests. What he has in mind is the kind of interrogation Rachel Maddow expertly conducted with an anti-gay blowhard. Greenwald sets forth the particular strategies that made Maddow’s interview effective. For example, where the guests opinions are not entitled to respect and deference, don’t give any. Key quote:

Just imagine how much better things could be if our political leaders were routinely subjected to the kind of surgically probing, lie-exposing interrogation which Rachel imposed on her homosexual-converter guest. But the reasons they almost never are speak volumes about our media stars and their true function.

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More real journalism by Rachel Maddow

December 25, 2008 | By | Reply More
More real journalism by Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow knows how to keep after a story.   More journalists should take heed that they shouldn’t merely serve as stenographers for those in power.   They should aggressively pursue their stories, like Maddow did here, and speak truth to power.   And shame on Laura Tyson for not taking the initiate to disclose her […]

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Rachel Maddow on the abhorrent new “poll tax”

November 3, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Rachel Maddow on the abhorrent new “poll tax”

Rachel Maddow is so very very right about the new “poll tax.” There is now excuse why people should be standing in line for 2, 4 or 8 hours, waiting to exercise their fundamental right to vote.  Time is money, and the de facto system in place in many parts of the country is requiring […]

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Rachel Maddow updates the campaigns; talks with Obama

October 30, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Rachel Maddow updates the campaigns; talks with Obama

Rachel Maddow talks intelligently, extremely intelligently.   As she reports here, today wasn’t a good day for John McCain. It was a joy to hear Maddow interview with Barack Obama on why he doesn’t attack “conservatives,” the future of energy and Pakistan. Maddow represents the direction journalism needs to go.  Probing, thoughtful and not trying to […]

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