Skip to comments.Maddow Melts Down on HBO's Real Time: 'Leave Me Alone About RomneyCare, All of You'
Posted on 06/23/2012 5:29:48 PM PDT by Kaslin
MSNBC's supposedly most intelligent "news" anchor almost had a total meltdown on HBO's Real Time Friday.
When repeatedly asked by host Bill Maher and guest Nick Gillespie for her opinion of Massachusetts' healthcare program, Maddow whined like a little girl, "Leave me alone about RomneyCare, all of you" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Maddow Almost Melts Down on HBO's Real Time: 'Leave Me Alone About RomneyCare, All of You'
BILL MAHER, HOST: Mitt Romney said on the campaign trail last week, he said, We're going to get rid of ObamaCare and return to personal responsibility. This is the return to personal responsibility is ObamaCare.
MARK RUFFALO, ACTOR: Which is why it was RomneyCare in the first place.
NICK GILLESPIE, REASON: Wait, so now, so this is, to go back to the question, RomneyCare is something that you would agree with? You would say thats a great Republican policy.
RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC: You don't know anything about me.
GILLESPIE: Im just asking.
MADDOW: You should start making your arguments in places other than, Heres the thing Im assuming about you."
GILLESPIE: Im sorry, its because I havent read your book or anything youve written.
RUFFALO: Why do you keep picking on her?
MADDOW: Just start from a
MAHER: Wait, you're not for RomneyCare?
MADDOW: Start from something thats not about me. Make it on your own terms.
GILLESPIE: Wait, so are you a fan of RomneyCare?
MADDOW: What, make your point.
GILLESPIE: I'm sorry, I'm asking.
MAHER: You're not for RomneyCare?
GILLESPIE: Youre not for RomneyCare?
MADDOW: Leave me alone about RomneyCare, all of you.
GILLESPIE: Thats a fking no to me. I dont
MADDOW: Listen, my job is to cover these things, not to tell you how I like them or not.
Did I mention that this is supposedly the most intelligent person at MSNBC if not all of NBC News?
Yet when asked a simple question about her position on RomneyCare, she became childish, defensive, and downright foolish.
It's especially odd given how often she's spoken about the Massachusetts healthcare program, and in rather glowing terms.
This was from MSNBC's coverage of January's Florida primary:
MADDOW: Congressman Tom Rooney, honorary co-chairman of Mitt Romney`s campaign in Florida. Congratulations to you tonight as a Mitt Romney supporter with Mitt Romney the projected winner of the Florida Republican primary tonight.
I should note, as a person who lives in Massachusetts, when I hear people say there are 92 percent of people covered under Romneycare, that's almost exactly the percent of people in Massachusetts covered under Romneycare, 92 percent of the people without insurance, because of Mitt Romney's good healthcare plan.
So on MSNBC, Maddow's comfortable calling it "Mitt Romney's good healthcare plan."
But when asked about this by Gillespie and Maher Friday night, she behaved like a kindergartner being taunted with a spider.
As for her claim, "My job is to cover these things, not to tell you how I like them or not," isn't calling RomneyCare "good" telling people she likes it?
In reality, the entire so-called "news" network she works for is full of people constantly telling viewers what they do and don't like rather than just "covering these things."
Any pretense to the contrary is preposterous. Judging from Maher's response, it appeared even he agreed.
I guess this is what happens when MSNBC's supposedly most intelligent anchor gets out of her comfort zone and is actually asked unscripted questions.
Kind of like President Obama without his trusted teleprompter.
Pretty interesting parallel to Obama, that. And more interesting is that Maher thought anyone would give a damn what that douchebag Ruffalo has to say.
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How can you be MSNBC’s most intelligent anchor when you are female and you think you are a boy.
Snap on tools do not make the man.
Ruffalo? I never heard of him
Ahhhh, poor bebe
mad cow disease tight there in front of us.
mad cow disease right there in front of us.
Is that Justin Beebers Dad This Maddow fellow?
Mort Zuckerman was a complete panty waste and said nothing. Didn’t refute one lie.
Yes, it makes you delusional, not intelligent.
Indeed. Rachel's political positions are a complete mystery to us all, because she never indicates whether she likes something or not. She just covers the news in a completely objective fashion. Righty-O!
Yeah, what was this, some kind of half-assed attempt to sound impartial or “above it all”? Who does she think she’s kidding?
Mancow has no idea what to think until the WH tells him. Why is it women who hate men try to look like them?
Pray for America
Oooh! Seems like The Rug Muncher, “Mad Cow” Maddow, can dish it out but can’t take it, unless its....oh never mind as this is a family-oriented site.
Look again... I just watched it.
LOL... worse yet, they buy things to strap on, that a man would have come with right out of the box.
To me it’s bizarre.....I will never understand them.
Yeah...when I read that I had to laugh.