I wanted to share this segment from the May 16th episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, because I thought it is an example of exceptional broadcast journalism. Unlike Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz or a good number of Fox presenters and Talk Radio hosts, Maddow lets the actions and words of the Republican Party make her case for her. Her sarcastic repetition of “but of course it’s about Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” tells you everything you need to know about the hypocrisy of the more militant and activist members of the right.
In fact, the whole episode was one of the best of recent weeks. Frequent readers will know that I’m a big fan of The Rachel Maddow Show. But there is more to it than just ideological convergence – there are times when I think Maddow either commits false equivalence or over-reads into certain comments or news items. But, and this is what makes the show most notable among the cacophony of talking heads and celebrity presenters: she actually acts and works like a journalist. It is less about her, and more about the facts.