Skip to comments.Mad about Maddow: The MSNBC host seeks influence, but she wants it on her own terms (Stanley Crouch)
Posted on 02/22/2010 6:07:08 PM PST by presidio9
Few of a particular political persuasion are as entertaining or insightful as Rachel Maddow, who is willing to describe herself as a liberal on the left. Clearly, Maddow is terribly allergic to conservatives.
She is disturbed by what conservatives think, how they assess what is happening to us all out here, and what the wildest or most cynical of them present as facts, which they often see as nothing more than opposing opinions, even if they come from the scientific world.
Her allergy rises to bumps that do not ache or itch as much as they inspire Maddow to what is easily some of the finest commentary available on cable television. She is largely eloquent and in command of the English language on a level one is not accustomed to in television commentary.
Her statements almost always come from the same place - somewhere between the respectable left and those who intellectually live on the left side of the moon, but the depth of her wit is what makes Maddow special. It can slide from the intelligent dig to the devastating sendup.
Having grown up during the civil rights movement and become used to the inevitable presence at marches and demonstrations of Stalinists, Trotskyites and the other regular menagerie members of the left, I never met anyone like Maddow. Those old-time leftists were inevitably humorless and were always trying to gain influence among the leaders and the troops of the most impressive nonviolent revolution in the history of the species.
What makes Maddow unique is that while she surely seeks influence, she prefers it on terms that are her own, deeply informed and saturated with a sense of fun.
Maddow has given the Obama administration more than a few hot feet on Afghanistan, its war on terror and its position on rights for male and female homosexuals. But she became famous during the presidential campaign for holding John McCain and Sarah Palin up to ridicule for denying or contradicting what they had recently said or done.
Maddow still gives the hard blues to right-wing pundits and unintentionally hilarious political figures with the video proof that they are distorting, misleading or lying with a straight, red or tear-flowing face.
It is no news that Maddow is a lesbian who has leaped full-bore into the loud anarchy of variously tinted propaganda passed off as objective news reporting, but she has not given up her individuality to make homosexual issues bigger than they actually are.
Maddow knows that the nation, like the average American family, is on a frontier far ahead of most of the world, Western or not. As long as they are not guilty of a commitment to the same indefensible social sins committed by certain heterosexuals - such as pedophilia - male and female homosexuals will have their day.
Whether same-sex marriage will be ratified across the country is far less important than recognition of the humanity that Maddow and any equally talented person has to offer. Whenever the country denies almost any version of its humanity, something very important is lost within the national soul.
Loss of soul is not a problem that one can envision Rachel Maddow having at any time in the near future.
I can’t stomach that guy.
How are those ratings again?
She can’t have influence if nobody wants to watch her idiotic show.
Rachel Madcow is a disgusting piece of humanity.
“...they inspire Maddow to what is easily some of the finest commentary available on cable television.”
I work with RUBES who would listen to her 24/7 if they could. They think she’s really, really smart. *SNORT*
They are the most ill-informed, brainwashed, STUPID people I know. Yeesh!
Stanley loves the little vagitarian...
She even gives ‘scissors’ a bad name.
MSNBC? No wonder I never heard of him.
Stanley’s in looooove.
Spongebob Squarepants gets better ratings...
Maddow or Crouch?
Sorry Stanley, but she’s not into dudes...
LOL/lol. . .and yes, I can't either.
Yeah, that Stanley Crouch is a real peice of work as well. :-)
What kind of garbage writing is this? Maddow isn’t one-hundredth as important as she thinks she is.
Stanley has always been a weird one to figure out. I had heard him called a conservative because of some things he had said on different shows, including Chris Rock’s old show, if I’m not mistaken.
But ever since Obama appeared, he’s taken more of an interest in racial solidarity and the facade of intellectuals standing together (he mistakenly thinks Obama is an intellectual) than in whatever ‘conservative’ insticts or politics he may have possessed.
That doesn’t mean you have to hate everyone who disagrees with you, this is just a strange piece. Often Stanley has been fairly vituperative, if I recall.
George Orwell describes her best.
WOW she is a Rhodes scholar isn’t she? To me that means nothing. She’s a brain washed liberal socialist wack job.
Liberals desperately want to believe that there's some sort of feminine correlation between ugliness and intelligence in women. That's why SNL made fun of all the hot chicks on Fox last week. I'd point out that Megyn Kelly could run circles around Maddow, but Maddow probably keeps pictues of Kelly under her mattress for wanking.