In Trump Era, Rachel Maddow Starts to Beat Fox News
I’m glad to see that, as every night her show is the one must watch show.
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) April 24, 2017
Maddow’s surge is being fueled partly by her day-in, day-out criticism of the Trump administration. There is an increased appetite for the liberal arguments she has been making for years.
“There’s a reason Rachel is beating Fox and CNN,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin told CNNMoney in an email. “She’s a talented storyteller who’s helping her audience cut through all the confusion coming out of Washington. She’s connecting dots in ways no one else is.”
Hell yes. No one tells the story and puts it together like Rachel does. Don’t get me wrong, I love Chris Hayes and Lawruence O’Donnell but for different reasons. Hayes is who I watch just to get an overall collage of the days biggest stories. O’Donnell’s opening monologues are always great. Honestly I like him better when he just talks than when he has on guests often times.
But Rachel has this talent for putting it altogether. I love how she always leads with a historical analogy. She keeps you in suspense as to what she analogy she is making with her historical references.
“Her fans say she’s providing necessary scrutiny of the Trump administration. Her critics, on the other hand, say she’s become a left-wing Sean Hannity, single-mindedly obsessed with anti-Trump stories.”
While those debates rage on Internet forums, the ratings speak for themselves.
“Maddow is known for flouting the conventions of cable news. She delivers long, informative monologues that sometimes last for 20 minutes.”
That’s a good point. As noted above, I like Lawrence O’Donnell best at the start of the show when he just talks. It’s pretty clear that the best hosts don’t require endless guests. The polar opposite is CNN mega panels where there’s too much cross talk to make any sense among the different partisans talking over each other.
So the ability to give a very good monologue is a an under appreciated talent. To tell the truth there are shows that I like that I often can’t watch all the way through-as there are too many guests. There you’re at the mercy of how good of bad the guests are. Rachel, for her part, never needs guests. She only brings them on for a larger point.
As the MSNBC President says, her ability is connecting the dots and telling a compelling story. With Trump we need this ability more than ever. Rather than rifling through a bunch of seemingly disparate tweets and comments-more of which are full of either lies or ignorance.
And it goes without saying that her Russia coverage has been second to none.
“In recent months Maddow’s primary focus has been on the Trump-Russia relationship. Her viewers seem intensely interested.”
Again, what’s striking is that the best hosts are those capable of a good, long monologue. As I also noted above, Lawrence O’Donnell has given some great opening monologues over the years. Often I’ve preferred that part of the show to when he brings on a number of his guests.
But clearly in the age of Trump, liberals are engaged-and very interested in getting to the bottom of Russia-Trump collusion.
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