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  •  And the glue that holds it all together (9+ / 0-)

    is Rachel Maddow.

    •  Rachel as "glue" - funny :') (9+ / 0-)

      She would probably be happy to hear you say that, and you may be right - she is something special.

      It's also good to remember the important role that Keith Olbermann and the Air America Radio team played in helping to develop or revive this kind of politically open and intelligent progressive journalism.   In the darkness of the Bush era, when McCarthyism was sweeping the nation, and liberals were starting to live in fear of every kind of harassment.  Rachel and Al F. and Thom, and Bobby K., and then Keith - - how vital a role they played for us all.


      Rachel has an ability to make us feel included - she breaks the theatrical "fourth wall" routinely.  We enter the picture.  I wonder if this has helped Matthews and O'Donnells and the others to do the same.  They don't talk at us - they talk TO us, and that's a big difference.  We are all in this together.  NPR had that kind of familiarity with the audience in its glory days, and each member of their team knew it was something special too.  I wonder if Rachel's role models might include Susan Stamberg and Linda Wertheimer, Nina Totenberg, and the young Cokie Roberts that I remember from Watergate days?

      •  The very interesting and compelling thing she (1+ / 0-)
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        does it connect the dots. She tells the story behind the story to let me know and understand the why of it. This is what I admire most about her: research, fact checking and in the rare case she may have said something inaccurate, she will make the correction.

        Brava to this most intelligent honorable woman. Always worth listening to and her love/respect of the political shows. I always learn something.

        Thank you Rachel.

        BTW - agree about Air America and Keith. Wonder what he's doing lately? Anyone know?

        Wake Up Everybody!

        by slc215 on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 05:02:46 AM PDT

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