Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Rachel Maddow's show taking off

"A Fresh Face on Cable, Rachel Maddow Produces a Sharp Rise in MSNBC Ratings." Apparently Maddow is giving Larry King a run for his money in the ratings these days. Good for her! What a great addition she is to the news world for political junkies. I particularly liked this quote from the preceding story about her recent success:
While Mr. Olbermann watches Mr. O’Reilly’s show on a monitor embedded in his desk, Ms. Maddow insists that she has never watched either Mr. King’s program or the 9 p.m. program on Fox News, “Hannity & Colmes,” which garners more viewers than either of the other shows.

Partly, she said, that lack of competitive interest is an effort to remain original. “I worry every day about the homogenizing forces at work in my professional life,” she said, adding that it can be difficult to preserve creativity within cable’s production process. It helps, she said, that she does not own a television at home.
I think there is some wisdom in that approach, not trying to be something that others are, but doing what you do best. She clearly is.

Maddow is smart, liberal and a great communicator. She doesn't offend by being over the top (as some might say of Olbermann), likely expanding her viewership, and is respectful and thoughtful toward her guests, even when she disagrees with them. She's very quick to take on an issue as well, as she, and Olbermann, did by immediately challenging the Republican allegations of voter fraud last week. Seems to me that we need more of that from the liberal side of politics in Canada if our recent campaign is any indication. Where is the Canadian Keith Olbermann? The Canadian Rachel Maddow? They don't exist.

Here's a clip from last night that's kind of funny:



There you go, a good news type of story for you this a.m. for a change...:)