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TomCADem

(17,407 posts)
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 11:04 AM Mar 2017

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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Rachel Maddow Stopped Covering Trumps Tweets, And Her Ratings Soared (Original Post) TomCADem Mar 2017 OP
Yep and she stopped having Trump apologist on too. fun n serious Mar 2017 #1
I think rather that Trump apologists won't come on her show... Wounded Bear Mar 2017 #10
You don't have to regurgigate the bullshit du jour from the Russian reps in the White House. dalton99a Mar 2017 #2
I think she still mentions them if they are germane to what she is actually covering. Wounded Bear Mar 2017 #3
+1 uponit7771 Mar 2017 #6
I started watching again....... Little Star Mar 2017 #4
one way to get into the looking glass groove bora13 Mar 2017 #5
Superb metaphor, bora13! calimary Mar 2017 #12
I Like the Direction She Has Been Taking Leith Mar 2017 #7
during the campaign I stopped watching because she got so repetitive Fast Walker 52 Mar 2017 #19
I Stopped Watching During the Campaign Because Leith Mar 2017 #22
yeah, that too... she was actually pretty awful during the campaign Fast Walker 52 Mar 2017 #24
Colbert still covers them... lame54 Mar 2017 #8
Comedy gold not fooled Mar 2017 #11
He's a comedian, he can't resist LiberalLovinLug Mar 2017 #13
But people dont have to watch... lame54 Mar 2017 #15
I think late night comedy shows are the perfect place to make fun of his ridiculous tweets LiberalLovinLug Mar 2017 #20
Well, why not? His is a comedy/entertainment show. calimary Mar 2017 #14
The premise of the OP is... lame54 Mar 2017 #17
Your are neither validating nor invalidating any position. LanternWaste Mar 2017 #26
But Rachel is NOT a "stand up comedian"......and Stephen really isn't either....but a kennedy Mar 2017 #18
I've always loved Rachel. longship Mar 2017 #9
Kick Hekate Mar 2017 #16
I predict Maddow will win a Peabody this year William Seger Mar 2017 #21
maybe DU could try that and see if ratings soar nt msongs Mar 2017 #23
If we're relying on Comet's integrity, than we're... MarianJack Mar 2017 #25

Wounded Bear

(59,270 posts)
3. I think she still mentions them if they are germane to what she is actually covering.
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 11:22 AM
Mar 2017

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.

bora13

(860 posts)
5. one way to get into the looking glass groove
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:06 PM
Mar 2017

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.

Leith

(7,834 posts)
7. I Like the Direction She Has Been Taking
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:15 PM
Mar 2017

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.

 

Fast Walker 52

(7,723 posts)
19. during the campaign I stopped watching because she got so repetitive
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 01:54 PM
Mar 2017

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

Leith

(7,834 posts)
22. I Stopped Watching During the Campaign Because
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 02:16 PM
Mar 2017

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.

 

Fast Walker 52

(7,723 posts)
24. yeah, that too... she was actually pretty awful during the campaign
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 08:11 PM
Mar 2017

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

not fooled

(5,845 posts)
11. Comedy gold
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:31 PM
Mar 2017

dump's tweets--the jokes write themselves.

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

LiberalLovinLug

(14,237 posts)
20. I think late night comedy shows are the perfect place to make fun of his ridiculous tweets
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 01:57 PM
Mar 2017

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

They each serve a purpose.

calimary

(82,448 posts)
14. Well, why not? His is a comedy/entertainment show.
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 01:36 PM
Mar 2017

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.

lame54

(35,601 posts)
17. The premise of the OP is...
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 01:40 PM
Mar 2017

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

 

LanternWaste

(37,748 posts)
26. Your are neither validating nor invalidating any position.
Wed Mar 15, 2017, 09:25 AM
Mar 2017

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.

a kennedy

(30,424 posts)
18. But Rachel is NOT a "stand up comedian"......and Stephen really isn't either....but
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 01:46 PM
Mar 2017

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

longship

(40,416 posts)
9. I've always loved Rachel.
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:18 PM
Mar 2017

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.

William Seger

(10,826 posts)
21. I predict Maddow will win a Peabody this year
Tue Mar 14, 2017, 02:12 PM
Mar 2017

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

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