Rachel Maddow

Rachel's Reality-Check for Republicans

  • Posted on: 9 November 2012
  • By: GreyHawk

This is what we need to repeat for everyone.This is Reality. Share it. Repeat it ad infinitum.

Make sure this reality - ~actual~ reality - is propagated everywhere. Help quench the pseudo-reality that the GOP, Tea Party, Libertarians & conservative "media" have been living in for the past 4 years.

We need to wake them up. We need this term to be the defining one - the one where our nation actually, truly begins recovery.


Maddow on the Republican Obstruction to Recovery: The Nation Recoils in Horror

  • Posted on: 21 June 2011
  • By: GreyHawk

Two Maddow embeds - one below the fold. Both well worth watching and sharing. Today's Republican "leadership" is not what they proclaim themselves to be - and their actions (and inaction) speak louder than their words. And are horrifying to the average American, and to the American dream.

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And if you think that's not encouraging...It gets worse. Rachel breaks it down after the jump.



Hilarious WI Recall Efforts By The GOP..."And then there's the booze thing."

  • Posted on: 22 April 2011
  • By: GreyHawk

Via AlterNet, a hilarious clip of Rachel Maddow showing the latest GOP tactics in their efforts to launch retaliatory recall campaigns against democrats in the state:

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Can you smell the desperation among the snake-oil sweat oozing out the elephantine pores?



Rachel Maddow and Jane Mayer, Astroturfing the Kochtopus

  • Posted on: 25 August 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

Continuing information that adds to, and overlaps, the recent piece by DeltaDoc, here's a clip of Rachel Maddow's interview with Jane Mayer, author of Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama:

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In case you missed the initial list of items to start boycotting with a vengeance, here it is again:

  1. Brawny paper towels
  2. Dixie Cups
  3. Stainmaster Carpet
  4. Lycra
  5. Georgia Pacific (Plywood, lumber...and paper?)

More info later -- let's take a chunk out of Koch's bottom line, and teach these teaparty-spawning, traitorous instigators of sedition a lesson in patriotism and economics. One that makes irresponsible, selfish, unregulated capitalism pay far less for such scurrilous activity.

Corporate activism, corporate sedition and treason: those are the most damaging items that are affecting and destroying our nation today. The Kochtopus is the funding spigot that directed monies to and through think tanks and sold the teabagger origins as a "grass roots" movement, instead of the corporate-spawned tool that the movement really is.

Astroturfing is one of the primary strategies of the Kochtopus; it's time to start targeting and cutting off the many arms, trimming the beast back to a more manageable size -- or destroying it, before its infection spreads any further.


Out of Iraq? I don't quite share the same enthusiasm about the "how"

  • Posted on: 19 August 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Says more about the complete failure of the MSM than just the failure of David Gregory

  • Posted on: 11 July 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Just a tiny snapshot of NYU's Jay Rosen's legitimate beefs with how Sunday shows operate... And it is honeslty no better than a snapshot of the disaster that Crossfire clearly was, IMHO:

March 28, 2010. The CBS News Sunday show, Face the Nation, is forced to fact check Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann after a series of bizarre claims about government domination of the economy:

Bachmann offered no facts to back up her assertion that the government owns or controls 51 percent of the U.S. economy.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis data since 1929, the highest percentage of government spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product was during World War II when government spending was 47.9 percent (in 1944). The lowest level of government spending as a percent of GDP was 9 percent in 1929 at the outset of the Great Depression.

At no time during this period was the United States' GDP 100 percent private.

The 2009 level of federal government spending was 20.6 percent.

Emph. mine and... Where the heck do you think this country is heading with almost all of them in that Potemkin headed village screeching about spending cuts? Read the whole bloody post to witness the media carnage left in its wake.

Meanwhile... C&L's Nicole Belle turns over Gregory's rock and points out the fact that we need more people like Rachel maddow to make the insects scurry.

Have a Koch and a smile

  • Posted on: 19 April 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

TPM pushed this one up to the traditional media and Maddow kicks it up a notch:

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TPMmuckraker's story yesterday about Koch Industries preemptively alerting the press that the mega-company does not fund tea parties -- despite the fact that it backs one of the major tea party groups -- got the Rachel Maddow treatment last night.


Tom Dudchik: News Aggregator or the Big CON?

  • Posted on: 5 April 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Most "news aggregators" are meant to misinform. This is even truer when they are run by ideologues and propagandists more interested in hyper-partisan talking points than reality.

In order to be shocked by this I would need to be licking the inside of a light-bulb socket. If anyone else is shocked by this truth then perhaps they should be licking the inside of light-bulb socket? This kind of stupid should hurt. Might just realign their synapses in a functioning manner so they can begin using the basic skill of critical thinking.

Sadly, aggregators like that are the first bastion of the lazy journalists as evidenced by the fact that too many of them seem to think Drudge is a legitimate source, as well, and repeat the same mistake of leaving their browser open on it all day long waiting for their next big news story and expecting a different result than the last time they did that.


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Rachel Maddow's piece continues on and expands on the brigade of right wing GOP talking pointy heads concerning their fake "ACORN" and "Climategate" scandals and a litany of stupid regardless of the issues below the fold.

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Boehner v. Boehner, Rachel Maddow Edition

  • Posted on: 24 February 2010
  • By: Open Thread

Rachel Maddow points out the stark reality: the GOP has no plan beyond saying "No" to health reform, and this is perfectly encapsulated simply by comparing the hypocritical criticisms of John Boehner -- first the plan was too long, now the outline for the healthcare plan is too short. If ever any person clearly earned the title of "Goldilocks" on the Hill, our man with the elephantine orange perpetual tint John Boehner is that person.


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Reality laps satire yet again.

This is an Open Thread.

Hat-tip to LordRag of DelphiForums for the catch.

Sunday Morning Open Thread: Devolving Historical Realities, Giuliani Edition

  • Posted on: 10 January 2010
  • By: Open Thread

Maddow destroys Giuliani's attempt to brand the Bush era (error?) as a time when there were no domestic attacts, attempted or otherwise, against our nation. She also capably points out, with video, the startling and alarming trend among a few other Republican pundits who make similar statements, although she primarily focuses upon Giuliani's mistaken attempt at rewriting history.

Historical rewrites and strident attempts to spindoctor reality from hay to gold aren't new in politics. But this type of blatant denial of reality helps to underscore a new aspect to the GOP's faltering grip on reality: it reiterates the intention to deceive that the Republican leadership has taken to heart, much to the detriment of their party and our nation.

The nation and the world changed after 9/11; both underwent serious damage and emergency surgeries to try to bring the social and economic bleeding under control while rebuilding political and ethical foundations that were damaged, largely, by the GOP's effort to use 9/11 as a leverage point for more power.

The world after the Bush debacle was left smoking, smoldering and reeling. It's understandable that the GOP wants to rewrite much of the reality that occurred -- they own it, and the condition they left it to us and to the Obama Administration in. But rewriting history instead of taking ownership of responsibility isn't acceptable, and Rachel Maddow does a fine job of setting the record straight. We need to push others -- bloggers, media outlets and citizen journalists -- to similarly keep current pundits and politicos honest.

It's the only way to keep things from getting out of control again. It's the only way for us to ensure that hysteria doesn't replace reason; fantasy and fiction stop replacing fact; accountability and responsibility are restored to keep leadership aligned with ~our~ values and needs as a nation.

Take a moment to watch the Maddow clip, and spread it around. Use it as an example of how to keep pushing back and keeping the facts fresh and whole, regardless of party. You can discuss other examples of efforts to deceive and rewrite history, and any pushback against those efforts, below in comments.

This is an Open Thread.

Hersh talks about Obama's decision on Afghanistan

  • Posted on: 12 November 2009
  • By: Connecticut Man1

They also discuss issues between India and Pakistan. And this is why Rachel Maddow is among the best news sources on TV. She gets the right person, asks the right questions and gets you information you need to know.

I am betting a lot of the eternal war set are pissed at Eikenberry right now. (Julie Gulden @ dKos has transcripts of the interview for those that have troubles YouTubes)

Petition to Harry Reid - We Deserve an Up or Down Vote: Strip Committee Chairs of Republican Filibuster - Enabling Democrats

  • Posted on: 8 October 2009
  • By: luaptifer


"Any Democratic senators who support a Republican attempt to block a vote on health care reform should be stripped of their leadership titles. Americans deserve a clean up-or-down vote on health care."

Over 20,700 people have signed -- can we break 25,000 before we deliver signatures to Harry Reid?