Rachel Maddow is Obama Approved! So how is this trusted source for President Approved Punditry doing? Uhh, not so well on the accuracy front, but she still delivers some good Bush-bashing! Bob Somerby has been keeping an eye on Ms. Maddow, heroically sparing us the trouble:
That brings us to the latest non-correction correction on last night’s Maddow Show.
Rachel Maddow opened the show with an utterly pointless topic. She did an interview with Tamara Lowe, executive vice president of the Get Motivated Seminars Incorporated [link]. Why was Maddow wasting viewers’ time on this topic? Here’s why:
George W. Bush is going to speak at two upcoming Get Motivated events. On Tuesday night, Maddow had devoted an entire segment to ridiculing this ludicrous notion. (To watch that segment, click here.) But on Wednesday night, she opened with Lowe—and soon took part in one of her program’s familiar non-correction corrections.
I followed the link and watched the Tuesday segment; if you want to join me in feeling bonded with retired NFL players, go ahead. Let's press on to the non-correction correction:
After a bit more fawning about Lowe’s greatness, this was Maddow’s first question:
MADDOW: What do you expect that President Bush will be speaking about? Do you expect that it will be a political speech?
LOWE: Usually, the former presidents who speak for us—and President Bush will be our sixth former U.S. president to speak at the Get Motivated Seminar—typically, they will share their experiences of their time in office and the things that they learned, the challenges that they faced.
Oops. On Tuesday, Maddow’s viewers got to laugh at how ridiculous and demeaning it was to think that Bush would take part in such an event. Last night, if you were listening carefully, you seemed to learn that Bush is the sixth straight former president to do so. (This takes us all the way back through Ford.) A bit later, Maddow endorsed what Lowe had said, referring to the way “you have had so many former presidents.”
I am having a hard time verifying the "six Presidents" independently, but I do believe it. Back in 1994, TIME mentioned three - Reagan, Bush and Ford, as well as Lib Icon Mario Cuomo. The Christian Broadcast News (not your go-to source?) claimed five Presidents in this profile of Tamara Lowe, adding Clinton and Carter as well as Gorbachev and Mother Teresa. And in a bit of a twist for Ms. Maddow, the Free Republic crowd, affectionately known as the Freepers, picketed Lowe's events and helped bring down the company when Bill Clinton was brought on in 2001. Apparently "Success 2001" was an epic fail.
So the Obama Approved Rachel Maddow had no idea whatsoever what she was going on about when she bashed Bush for taking a quick paycheck at a Get Motivated event. But since she did bash Bush, I assume she remains a trusted source for President Approved Punditry.
Whatever. Since this whole research thing is too much for Rachel and her crack production team, I suggest they limit themselves to parroting whatever hard-hitting material they find at the White House website.
Barack Obama trusts Rachel Maddow to deliver the news. How about you?