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  1. FashionablyEvil
    FashionablyEvil August 20, 2008 at 10:26 am |

    Yay, Rachel Maddow! Let’s see…how long are these clips…I don’t need to work this morning…

  2. Jill
    Jill August 20, 2008 at 10:29 am |

    I was so excited about this news I couldn’t sleep. This is long overdue, Rachel is the smartest woman on television, and she could very well singlehandledly signal an end to the era of the bimbo female news-bot. And kudos to KO for pushing for this.

  3. Nicole
    Nicole August 20, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    Have not really heard of her before but she sounds quite awesome! The videos it looks like she does what I always want people to do when dealing with people like that. Plus she is quite hot. <3

  4. Linnaeus
    Linnaeus August 20, 2008 at 10:55 am |

    This is great news; I haven’t been following Maddow as along as some here, but in the years I have observed her, I’ve been very impressed. She’s always really well-informed and holds her own so well in this cross-talk format we see so much on cable political shows.

    I probably don’t need to say this, but Scarborough is such an ass. He and Sean Hannity in particular use the same tactic over and over: just repeat your points loudly and often, talk over your guests and colleagues, and then just dismiss them.

  5. Thomas
    Thomas August 20, 2008 at 10:57 am |

    <3 <3 <3 Maddow, since I first heard her an Air America.

    That is all.

  6. randomliberal
    randomliberal August 20, 2008 at 11:38 am |

    I just want to punch Scarborough in his smarmy-ass face. How the fuck does he have a show still?

    I will say, I wish Maddow had taken over the Morning Joe spot, but it is wonderful news that she’s gotten her own show. May she ever be blessed with good ratings and stuff from people who, unlike me, have cable.

  7. PhysioProf
    PhysioProf August 20, 2008 at 11:43 am |

    Yeah, this is fucking awesome. What I love about her is that she is so much smarter and quicker on her feet than all the pathetic right-wing douchemonkeys on teevee.

  8. Sarah J
    Sarah J August 20, 2008 at 11:51 am |

    YES!

    I will now officially be watching TV news.

  9. Cora
    Cora August 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm |

    I am so psyched about this – congrats to Rachel and kudos to MSNBC for making it so!

    And thanks, Holly, for rounding up those clips.

  10. Anna (the less awesome!)
    Anna (the less awesome!) August 20, 2008 at 12:02 pm |

    That Scarborough guy is just a hoot. It’s like having arguments with my father. I expect him to suddenly burst out with “Fine, talk to your mother then!” and storm off.

    I want some of Rachel’s awesomeness – I have no idea how she manages to keep her cool.

  11. Esra
    Esra August 20, 2008 at 12:42 pm |

    He “whatever”ed her! Talk about a sign you are doing something right.

  12. Isabel
    Isabel August 20, 2008 at 12:46 pm |

    It could be because she won a Rhodes scholarship back in 1994, then celebrated by cutting all her hair off and dying it blue.

    The fact that I currently have short blue hair is only a weensy bit of a the reason I find this super awesome. Also, I’ve been fond of Rachel Maddow for a while now (she has a rare gift for being a talking head that doesn’t make me feel like I am being yelled at by my TV, and also is totally brilliant and waaaay more eloquent and quick on her feet than I could ever hope to be), but that thing about the make-up was the final nail in my straight-girl-crush coffin.

  13. RyanRutley
    RyanRutley August 20, 2008 at 1:09 pm |

    I loved Rachel Maddow back when I was listening to (free streaming) Air America in the spring leading up to the 2006 mid-terms, but I had no idea she’d migrated to TV. This is great news. 8 years of Olbermann, Cooper, and Maddow keeping Obama honest will be beyond refreshing after 8 years of Scarborough, Hannity, and O’Reilly defending everything the administration does.

  14. Jim_NH
    Jim_NH August 20, 2008 at 1:21 pm |

    So, she’s following Olberman? Wow, there’s a powerhouse lineup. Can’t wait!

  15. preying mantis
    preying mantis August 20, 2008 at 1:38 pm |

    I have a massive lady-crush on her. I have never seen her anything less than 110% prepared whenever she’s on a show to talk about something, and she comes across as completely brilliant. She also somehow manages to stay pretty chipper and upbeat no matter what outrageous crap she’s breaking down for the outrageous crap it is.

  16. norbizness
    norbizness August 20, 2008 at 1:59 pm |

    Scarborough still has a show because as Grand Potentate of Scarborough Country, he has refused to leave the studio and the police cannot evict him due to DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY.

  17. wiggles
    wiggles August 20, 2008 at 3:11 pm |

    I haven’t watched anything on MSNBC in years, but you bet your ass I’m tuning in for Ms. Rachel’s show – and nothing but her show. It’s cool of KO to have pushed for this, but I still can’t stand that bloviating hypocrite.

  18. Poetry
    Poetry August 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm |

    Rachel Maddow is my new TV personality crush! She’s articulate, feisty, and stunning.

  19. PhysioProf
    PhysioProf August 20, 2008 at 4:20 pm |

    8 years of Olbermann, Cooper, and Maddow keeping Obama honest will be beyond refreshing after 8 years of Scarborough, Hannity, and O’Reilly defending everything the administration does.

    Where do you get the idea that Olbermann would keep Obama honest? He carried water for Obama on his FISA cave.

  20. Travis
    Travis August 20, 2008 at 5:37 pm |

    Yay for Rachel Maddow! I wonder what they’re going to call her show? I hope it’s more interesting than “The Rachel Maddow Show”. It should have an awesome name like “Hardball”, or “Crossfire”. No matter what though, I intend to watch it.

  21. RyanRutley
    RyanRutley August 20, 2008 at 6:06 pm |

    PhysioProf: I’m not saying Olbermann doesn’t need to be kept honest himself. I’m also not saying Olbermann is entirely intellectually honest (I haven’t watched enough of him to pass judgement) in his analysis. But I trust him to give far more honest coverage of the Obama adminstration that I’ve seen out of Sarborough, Hannity, or O’Reilly on just about anything, least of which the Bush Administration.

  22. Anne
    Anne August 20, 2008 at 7:49 pm |

    Yawn… big shock MSNBC hires on another Obama worshipper. And in the process boots the one anchor that at least occasionally pretended to be objective. She is just like Olberman, a fake leftist.

  23. Charity
    Charity August 20, 2008 at 8:05 pm |

    I would add that no, we can’t trust Olbermann to keep Obama honest, but we can perhaps trust Glenn Greenwald to keep Olbermann in check, as he has done in the past.

    http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/06/26/olbermann/

    Yay for Rachel!

  24. ThickRedGlasses
    ThickRedGlasses August 20, 2008 at 8:08 pm |

    I love Rachael Maddow, and I’m so happy that she’s getting her own show. I don’t get MSNBC anymore, but I’ll watch it on the website the next day. The video quality is very good.

    And Anne, perhaps if Fox News didn’t paint MSNBC as a partisan, left-wing news station, Scarborough would still have his prime-time show, and Tucker Carlson would still have a show. Remember when their evening line-up went Tucker Carlson at 6, Chris Matthews at 7, Keith Olbermann at 8, and Joe Scarbourough at 9 (all EST)? That was a fair and balanced line-up. Face it. Fox News all but told liberals to tune into MSNBC, and that resulted in conservatives on the network losing viewership and, therefore, their shows. MSNBC is just giving their viewers what they want.

  25. Anne
    Anne August 20, 2008 at 8:28 pm |

    She is not replacing Scarborough. He is on in the morning. She is replacing Abrams. You could have at least read the article before posting.

  26. Anne
    Anne August 20, 2008 at 8:30 pm |

    Reality is most of the anchors on MSNBC are jerks. She is just another jerk in the bunch

  27. Peter
    Peter August 20, 2008 at 9:32 pm |

    This is awesome.

    She’s so much better than the other hacks on MSNBC: Tucker Carlson, Joe Scarborough, Dan Abrams…are you freaking kidding me? Those guys are jokes!

  28. ThickRedGlasses
    ThickRedGlasses August 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm |

    She is not replacing Scarborough. He is on in the morning. She is replacing Abrams. You could have at least read the article before posting.

    And you could have read my post before posting. Nowhere did I say she was replacing anybody, let alone Scarborough. I’m making the point that MSNBC is simply making their programming reflect their viewership and that maybe there would be fewer “Obama worshippers” if MSNBC’s conservative pundits got more ratings. You were just resistant to understand what I said because you’re too busy being angry and name-calling without backing up your opinions.

  29. CScarlet
    CScarlet August 20, 2008 at 9:37 pm |

    Wow, I’ve heard her on Air America but I never watch cable news- she’s amazing! That smile, delivered while she’s busy totally smashing their arguments, is making me all weak-kneed!

    I might have to start watching!

  30. Anne
    Anne August 20, 2008 at 10:38 pm |

    Reality is that I’m right. She is just another fake leftist. Just like Olberman. Claims to be a leftist, yet all he does is bash Senator Clinton, instead of taking on actual issues. Too busy making fun of Hollywood starlets to do anything worth while. Maddow took part in the extreme Senator Clinton bashing that went on instead of attempting to be her own person she joined the boys club. She is just as worthless as Matthews, Olberman, Carlton and Scarborough.

  31. RyanRutley
    RyanRutley August 20, 2008 at 11:11 pm |

    Anne, have you listened to her radio show? (I mean that as an honest question, not rhetorically.)

  32. Peter
    Peter August 20, 2008 at 11:14 pm |

    Reality is that I’m right. She is just another fake leftist. Just like Olberman. Claims to be a leftist, yet all he does is bash Senator Clinton, instead of taking on actual issues. Too busy making fun of Hollywood starlets to do anything worth while. Maddow took part in the extreme Senator Clinton bashing that went on instead of attempting to be her own person she joined the boys club.

    No way do you listen to Maddox’s show.

    I’ve been listening to her show for two years, and I’ve never heard a bunch of Hillary bashing. In fact, what I’ve heard is some of the most astute and intelligent political commentary I’ve ever heard on radio.

  33. ThickRedGlasses
    ThickRedGlasses August 20, 2008 at 11:27 pm |

    Doing a simple search of things that Rachael Maddow has said shows that she has been critical of both Obama and Hillary Clinton in the past, saying that she sees a little bit of W. Bush in Obama and criticizing Clinton for voting for the war in Iraq. I haven’t listened to her in a while, but I’m sure she only fully supports Obama now because he’s the Democratic nominee. If Clinton were the nominee, she’d support Clinton for president. That’s how it works.

  34. Noticed
    Noticed August 21, 2008 at 1:25 am |

    Wow. She talks circles around the usual suspects and she stays classy.

    I love it.

    When all Joe S can do is say “Whatever.” “Good Lord, Rachel…” I’d say you’re doing something write. Ha!

    She beats them at their own game, but she plays it so much better. Make us proud, Rachel!

  35. Natalia
    Natalia August 21, 2008 at 3:50 am |

    That woman is SO badass, I am quaking in my boots just watching these clips. Thanks for such a great collection.

  36. fauzia
    fauzia August 21, 2008 at 4:22 am |

    She is astoundingly well spoken in her arguments. Props to her. *sigh* I can only dream of being as badass as she is. Go, Rachel Maddow.

  37. Anne
    Anne August 21, 2008 at 5:44 am |

    I’ve seen her comments on MSNBC and that was enough. She is worthless.

  38. norbizness
    norbizness August 21, 2008 at 8:49 am |

    Sounds like one particular repetitive commenter is getting a headstart to unseat Silky Johnson as the winner at the Playa Hata’s Ball.

  39. bushfire
    bushfire August 21, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    Holly wrote that she identifies as a “butch dyke” and refuses to become more feminine for tv. Has anyone else noticed that she is, in fact, wearing makeup? She can do whatever she wants, but I’m a bit concerned that the Feministe community seems to consider a woman with makeup on “butch”.

  40. Sundown
    Sundown August 21, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    Anne,

    How much is the RNC paying you off?

  41. MaddowTV
    MaddowTV August 21, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    […] most engaging personality on the regular bobblehead circuit. So I’m glad to hear she’s finally getting her own show. Might even make it worth keeping a TV when I move into new digs this […]

  42. wiggles
    wiggles August 21, 2008 at 12:19 pm |

    I did like Dan Abrams though, what I saw of him. I wish Maddow was replacing Chris Matthews instead.

  43. Chameleonpixie
    Chameleonpixie August 21, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

    As a theatre person who does not wear make up in my every day life, it is understandable why she wears make up for the show. It is because on tv, without make up people tend to look sick because of the camera and lights. Even men wear make up on tv.

    I am very excited she has her own show.

  44. norbizness
    norbizness August 21, 2008 at 2:11 pm |

    I wish a small portal to an alternate dimension was engulfing Chris Matthews.

  45. preying mantis
    preying mantis August 21, 2008 at 5:08 pm |

    “She can do whatever she wants, but I’m a bit concerned that the Feministe community seems to consider a woman with makeup on “butch”.”

    Is the Feministe community in the habit of yanking people’s butch cards for wearing make-up? I thought that was more a gender-police thing.

  46. Natalia
    Natalia August 21, 2008 at 5:27 pm |

    Oh Christ. It’s the make-up thing. Again.

  47. Mona
    Mona August 21, 2008 at 6:09 pm |

    Fantastic news — literally! *g*

  48. Griot
    Griot August 23, 2008 at 7:21 pm |

    I’ve only seen her recently (talking-head news analysis shows just bug me), but WOW is she great!

  49. Devon
    Devon August 31, 2008 at 10:04 pm |

    Congratulations to Rachel! She really deserves it. And good on Olbermann for recognizing a good thing (a BRILLIANT thing) when he sees it.

    Also, she’s hot. “Good Lord, Rachel,” indeed.

  50. Paul
    Paul September 24, 2008 at 4:12 am |

    Yeah, it’s really important that Rachel is HOT. Go on about Sarah Palin being HOT but she’s white trash because you just don’t happen to agree with most, if any of her values. What ever happened to non objective journalism?!! Rachel, just report the facts and leave your OBVIOUS lean to a certain candidate(s) to yourself, but, unfortunately it’s too late for that. You’ve sat at the seat of your master Keith Olbermann and learned an unfortunate habit, namely BIAS. Responsible journalists let the public decide, based on unbiased research of the facts, but it’s very apparent that there are few of them left anymore. I am SO TIRED of journalists “wearing their opinions on their sleeve” and just going on the attack, forcing their own values on the American people. You’re “in the tank” for a certain Presidential candidate….mmmmm let’s see if we can figure out who that might be.

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