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Tue Mar 14, 2017, 10:04 AM

Rachel Maddow Stopped Covering Trumps Tweets, And Her Ratings Soared

It is reassuring to know that their are still folks looking for old fashioned journalism and in depth interviews, rather than the split screen shoutfests that are common today.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58c6c5b3e4b0ed71826e4248

The question of how to cover Donald Trump has confounded many people working in the media industry since his election. There are so many areas of the president’s administration that warrant dissection that his near-daily onslaught of morning tweets started to prove something of a distraction from the potentially larger issues at hand.

So Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” made a decision: tune them out.

“We developed sort of an informal, internal mantra … which is that we basically cover [the Trump administration] as if they are a silent movie,” Maddow told TheWrap earlier this month. “I stopped covering the Twitter feed and we started covering only what they do rather than what they say.”

“I really feel like it was helpful to me, in terms of trying to come up with what to talk about every day, and serving up information for our audience that is substantive and not manipulated by people at the White House,” she added. “It was helpful for us to just stop paying attention to what they were saying.”


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Reply Rachel Maddow Stopped Covering Trumps Tweets, And Her Ratings Soared (Original post)
TomCADem Mar 2017 OP
fun n serious Mar 2017 #1
Wounded Bear Mar 2017 #10
dalton99a Mar 2017 #2
Wounded Bear Mar 2017 #3
uponit7771 Mar 2017 #6
Little Star Mar 2017 #4
bora13 Mar 2017 #5
calimary Mar 2017 #12
Leith Mar 2017 #7
Fast Walker 52 Mar 2017 #19
Leith Mar 2017 #22
Fast Walker 52 Mar 2017 #24
lame54 Mar 2017 #8
not fooled Mar 2017 #11
LiberalLovinLug Mar 2017 #13
lame54 Mar 2017 #15
LiberalLovinLug Mar 2017 #20
calimary Mar 2017 #14
lame54 Mar 2017 #17
LanternWaste Mar 2017 #26
a kennedy Mar 2017 #18
longship Mar 2017 #9
Hekate Mar 2017 #16
William Seger Mar 2017 #21
msongs Mar 2017 #23
MarianJack Mar 2017 #25

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 10:15 AM

1. Yep and she stopped having Trump apologist on too.

 

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Response to fun n serious (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 11:19 AM

10. I think rather that Trump apologists won't come on her show...

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 10:22 AM

2. You don't have to regurgigate the bullshit du jour from the Russian reps in the White House.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 10:22 AM

3. I think she still mentions them if they are germane to what she is actually covering.

But her focus has been on Trump and his henchmen and what they've been doing, where their money comes from and goes, and has been relatively free from the kind of Squirrel! distractions that most tweets have been.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 11:14 AM

6. +1

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 10:24 AM

4. I started watching again.......

good thinking Rachel.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 11:06 AM

5. one way to get into the looking glass groove

understand you have to run twice as fast to keep yourself up to
speed with the crew-crux-cram.

main reason, it is harder to run in shit than on the more solid and better smelling ground of sanity.

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Response to bora13 (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:32 PM

12. Superb metaphor, bora13!

Besides, shit is by nature rather slimy. No way to get any traction.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 11:15 AM

7. I Like the Direction She Has Been Taking

She introduces a topic, goes into the history and facts in a quick but substantive way, relates them to the topic as it currently is, and has an expert guest. The absolute best part is when she describes the subject of the day and asks the expert if she has her facts complete and straight. Except for the occasional minor tweak of an inconsequential detail, the expert agrees that she has it right.

THAT is in-depth journalism. To hell with orange boy's semiliterate tweets.

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Response to Leith (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:54 PM

19. during the campaign I stopped watching because she got so repetitive

 

but it does seem like she's doing great reporting now, though I only see the occasional video and her show once in a few weeks

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Reply #19)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 01:16 PM

22. I Stopped Watching During the Campaign Because

MSNBC interrupted a speech Bernie Sanders was giving in support of HRC to cut to orange boy. We sat looking at an empty podium for 10 minutes while the pundits tried to think of stuff to say. I was furious.

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Response to Leith (Reply #22)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 07:11 PM

24. yeah, that too... she was actually pretty awful during the campaign

 

Definitely anti-Bernie. Way too much attention to Trump and the GOP. So annoying.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 11:17 AM

8. Colbert still covers them...

And his ratings are climbing

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Response to lame54 (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 11:31 AM

11. Comedy gold

dump's tweets--the jokes write themselves.

Can't believe I'm saying that about a U.S. president. Even an illegally installed one.

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Response to lame54 (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:34 PM

13. He's a comedian, he can't resist

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:36 PM

15. But people dont have to watch...

But they sure are choosing to

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Response to lame54 (Reply #15)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:57 PM

20. I think late night comedy shows are the perfect place to make fun of his ridiculous tweets

And daytime political talk shows are for a more sober analysis of what is actually happening beyond the tweets.

They each serve a purpose.

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Response to lame54 (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:36 PM

14. Well, why not? His is a comedy/entertainment show.

She's an information broker. She DOESN'T run a comedy/entertainment show. Some of the material she covers is laugh-worthy, of course, but that's because she's exposing what a damn pathetic joke it is.

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Response to calimary (Reply #14)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:40 PM

17. The premise of the OP is...

That her ratings are rising because she is ignoring the tweets

Colbert is not and his ratings are rising

Could be Rachel's success is do to something else

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Response to lame54 (Reply #17)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 08:25 AM

26. Your are neither validating nor invalidating any position.

Your are neither validating nor invalidating any position, especially that of the OP.

Two different mechanisms (comedy v news) will neither react in kind under like situations, nor contain the same context for effect.

Keep trying though. Your investment depends on it.

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Response to lame54 (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:46 PM

18. But Rachel is NOT a "stand up comedian"......and Stephen really isn't either....but

his show really lends itself to his type of delivery. JMHO.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 11:18 AM

9. I've always loved Rachel.

She is as sharp as a tack. Plus, she's a committed geek. Her narratives are wonderful. She understands the history. More need to understand it. Alas, some people still don't want to be bothered with such things. They apparently would prefer the sound bite du jour.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:39 PM

16. Kick

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 01:12 PM

21. I predict Maddow will win a Peabody this year

There's really no one else doing what she's doing now to sort through this bizarre Trump Reality Show.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 02:09 PM

23. maybe DU could try that and see if ratings soar nt

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 07:48 AM

25. If we're relying on Comet's integrity, than we're...

...F**KED!

PEACE!

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