Awesome / The Rachel Maddow Show

  • Rachel is usually quite professional and reasonable. So understand what you have to do for Rachel Maddow to call you "everything that is wrong with politics today." Well, that's what she did with Rick Bermannote , a Publicist and Lobbyist that has represented various causes (usually ones considered pro-business), and it is amazing to watch. Here's part one, and part two.
    • Surprisingly, the interview is (generally speaking) very fair; Berman himself agrees that he was treated fairly on the show and both himself and Rachel had time to make their views clearly understood.
    • Her FAIR interview is also priceless.
  • One of Rachel Maddow's hobbies seems to be buying weird web addresses. As of this posting, she has obtained www.empathizerightonyourbehind.com (from a strange anti-empathy statement from Micheal Steele) and www.fredthompsonisinherentlyfunny.com (which is self-explanatory). Then she bought www.losewithcruz2016.com and gave it to her friend Nicolle Wallace, a Republican, to help her feel better about the 2016 primary.
  • Ezra Klein and Chris Hayes together. Enough said!
  • Rachel verbally blasting the hell out of a frankly ridiculous ex-gay therapist, using his own words against him.
  • Post-election 2012 reality-check-for-Republicans speech:
    Ohio really did go to President Obama last night.
    And he really did win.
    And he really was born in Hawaii.
    And he really is legitimately President of the United States. Again.
    And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month.
    And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy.
    And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats.
    And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math.
    And climate change is real.
    And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes.
    And evolution is a thing!
    And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us.
    And nobody is taking away anyone's guns.
    And taxes have not gone up.
    And the deficit is dropping, actually.
    And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction.
    And the moon landing was real.
    And FEMA is not building concentration camps.
    And UN election observers are not taking over Texas.
    And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as Communism.
  • Ted Olson is a Republican lawyer (and former Solicitor General under George W. Bush) who is working to bring gay marriage to the Supreme Court. He flatly and passionately lays out the reasons why it's a right all Americans should have and why he and David Boies are fighting so hard for it. Rachel, an out lesbian, looks ready to break down by the end of his speech.
  • Keeping her cool when dealing with David Bahati, who introduced a bill in Uganda to kill or imprison all gays.
  • After reporting on the Koch brothers' less than scrupulous political machinations, their lawyers send MSNBC threats of retaliation—including a script that they wanted her to read denouncing herself and the reporting she had done the previous day. In addition to upholding journalistic integrity, she shows the speech transcript to the camera and very explicitly tells viewers that she's not going to read it.
  • By her own accord: Her interview with Rick Santorum. It was professional, she landed a Republican running a campaign finally, and she gave him a Armor-Piercing Question about why he used "man on dog" to refer to same-sex marriage to which he apologized for. All the while, the interview was easy-going.
  • While some of those who sit in for her when she's off for an episode don't always follow it, Rachel herself has established a policy after mass shootings - do not name the shooters, who wanted the fame and attention. Name the victims.
  • Everything she did about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan in 2014 through 2016. She picked up on the story months before any other national news outlets, and kept pounding on it even when no one else was paying attention at the national level. When pediatrician Dr Mona Hanna-Attisha broke the story wide open in late 2015, Rachel had her on multiple times, as well as providing links to the inhabitants' self-organized water drives and other relief efforts and demanding that Governor Rick Snyder release any and all emails pertaining to Flint's emergency management order, water source switch, and subsequent complaints by inhabitants. Andrea Mitchell credits Rachel heavily with forcing the Snyder administration to not only ask for federal relief efforts, but to release at least part of the emails in question, and with bringing the attention of other news outlets to the situation. And as if that wasn't enough, on January 27, 2016, she took her show to Flint for an MSNBC Town Hall special edition in an attempt to help get to the bottom of the crisis by speaking directly with those affected. Rachel, of course, credits all of her success to local media outlets like the Detroit Free Press, who do indeed deserve enormous acclaim for their efforts — but without Rachel leading the way at the national level, who knows whether the crisis would have ever surfaced completely?
  • In the wake of the BP Oil Disaster, Rachel blows Obama's Oval Office address out of the water (pun not intended).

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