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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:03 PM

5. There's a television show called The Rachel Maddow Show. The show plays on the MSNBC cable network

usually at 9 Eastern, 8 Central. The show involves a woman named Rachel Maddow, who is something like a commentator on political matters in the United States of America. She generally sits behind a desk and explains an issue. She may then interview a guest about that same issue. Let me be clear: this show appears on the television, which is the electronic device commonly kept in one's living room or sometimes bedroom, and which shows programming broadcast from various studios. It used to be that people received a television signal through the airwaves, but mostly now people receive a digital signal through a cable line or some sort. One connects this line through the wall to the television.

Anyhoo. Ms. Maddow, who is, let's recall, the host of this particular political commentary show, decided to discuss an organization called Organizing for Action, which is the transformed version of Barack Obama's campaign organization. Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America. His campaign organization is the group that helped him be elected to this position. This group is now re-organized as Organizing for Action; they are going to be used to put pressure on politicians, particularly those in Congress.

So, what had happened was...OFA sent out an email to its list of supporters asking them to call Congress. This was - in Maddow's view - the big "roll-out" or launch of this new organization. But that launch email happened at 4:25 on a Friday - when no Congressperson would presumably be there. Ms. Maddow spent 10 minutes on this, upset for some reason. She then interviewed a communications professional who actually does this sort of thing for a living - that would be Bill Burton - and he told her she was being ridiculous, though in a far more diplomatic way. My original post on this matter was noting the rather difficult task that Ms. Maddow accomplished, appearing to be both a nitpicker and as somebody who doesn't know what she's talking about at all.

Hope that helped!

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