Oh, Maddow…

I generally like the Rachel Maddow show, even if it gets tiring hearing her rephrase every single question 28 different ways before she finally asks it (by which point you’re not sure you any longer care what the answer might be). I’m overwhelmed with news so probably see the show once or maybe twice a week. And I’ve usually liked her guest host and contributor Melissa Harris-Perry. But then last night there was this:

“The president, in cutting this deal, allowed the few progressives that exist in the Democratic Party in the U.S. House of Representatives, to vote against the Satan sandwich. When they go to stand up for reelection, they will be able to say- Lord Voldemort- and I, you know, was one of the people standing against him.” –Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of political science at Tulane University and MSNBC contributor, on how President Obama maintained his base of support despite vocal criticism from the left of the president’s capitulations to Republicans in the debt deal

Huh? The few progressives in the U.S. House? Sheesh. I’d expect such horse hockey from Bill O’Reilly or the people on Fox. Harris-Perry knows that the Democratic Progressive caucus is actually the largest caucus in the House. It has more members than the tea party caucus! It’s bad enough that the network news ignores it. That none of the network news and virtually none of the cable news shows mentioned The People’s Budget, put forth by the Progressive Caucus; a bill that made a lot more sense than the idiocy that was passed, and actually had shared sacrifice and a balanced approach. I think Maddow actually reported on it once and had one of the authors on her show. But then she let it get as marginalized as Brian Williams made it, and now she’s letting her guests make it sound like there are really just a few of those, you know, lefties, in the House. Well, 95 congressmen voted against the bill, and they were mainly from the progressive Democratic caucus. Now, in a body of 425 members, generally 95 isn’t considered a “few.”
What’s worse is that Maddow and Harris-Perry seem to have fallen into the Chuck Todd mode of only giving a damn about the spin game. How will this play, how will it affect the numbers and the chances of reelection. God forbid anyone in the mainstream media would actually examine the bill and try to figure out how it will affect ordinary Americans. I’d thought that was what Rachel’s show was about, and I’m really kind of amazed at how she dropped the ball on this one.
Must be all due to that liberal media conspiracy…..oh, wait.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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