Friday, February 13, 2009

Rachel Maddow

If you don't know who Rachel Maddow is, you need to. She is probably the smartest progressive voice on the airwaves (TV and radio) today. She has a radio show on Air America and a show on MSNBC that airs week-nights.

Part of her bio from her website:

Rachel has a doctorate in political science (she was a Rhodes Scholar) and a background in HIV/AIDS activism and prison reform. She shakes a mean cocktail, drives a bright red pickup, hates Coldplay, loves arguing with conservatives, spends a lot of money on AMTRAK tickets, and dresses like a first-grader.

(She also does not own a television, which I'm not sure how she gets away with working in the industry she does.)

She has had an amazing year. I first saw her on Keith Olberman's show in the spring. She was a frequent guest and always offered good insight into the issues of the day. Then they began letting her fill in for Keith when he was out. It then became painfully obvious that she needed her own show. By the end of the summer they had fired the 9pm guy and she was on TV. Her show has consistently surpassed ratings expectations and has even beaten O'Reily (King of that time slot) a few times. She even scored an interview with Barack Obama a week before the election, a huge get.

Keith has been my favorite for a while now, but I realized about 3 weeks ago that Rachel has surpassed him in my heart. I still watch him, mainly to laugh, but I watch Rachel to learn.

I encourage you to check her out, especially if you disagree with her politically. She articulates the 'left' side of the arguments well. At worst you'll at least better understand where those crazy lefties are coming from.

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