You know, I really hate to say I told you so–oh, but who am I kidding. I love to say it! I TOLD YOU SO. Rachel Maddow–so full of promise, so smart on Air America, and such a total sellout on MSNBC–and Historiann saw it coming all along. Say it: you were right, Historiann!
Bob Somerby has been on fire this summer, stamping his feet and screaming about the mal-, and nonfeasance of the so-called “progressive media” on TV, that is, Keith Olbermann’s and Rachel Maddow’s shows on MSNBC. Most people say, and apparently believe, that this year is the Dems main chance to do something about health care reform–if they don’t do it now, 2010 will be all about the midterms and then 2011 will be all about the 2012 Presidential election. Why isn’t there any reasonably informed coverage of the facts and issues at stake in health care reform in our so-called “progressive media” (that is, on single-payer systems, of which there are many varieties to study and learn from around the world)? Sing it with me children: As Somerby says, “other nations are spending half as much,” and are getting better results than we get! We wouldn’t accept this kind of low-quality for high prices when it comes to trivial consumer goods–why do we permit this when the consequences are life or death for many Americans?
So now, back to Maddow. How did she spend her precious hour of network news time Thursday night? The first thirty minutes were spent on John Ensign’s extramarital affair. (And Somerby reminds us that Maddow actually spent time the previous night reading his love letters on the air! Good God.) This might be justified if Maddow had a local news program in Reno or Las Vegas, but really–that’s your top news story, Rachel? Says Somerby:
Corporate interests will win again—because, in place of real information, they keep handing you distractions. Sex toys.