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  •  While MSNBC has a definite liberal slant (8+ / 0-)

    it's still mostly accommodating to the DC political establishment, at least the non-teabag/wingnut part of it. Even when its hosts and guests disagree with the establishment, they generally do so with respect for the people they disagree with, viewing their differences as legitimate differences of opinion. They rarely call liars liars and shills shills, even when that's obviously who they are. It's not the Glenn Greenwald Network, or even Democracy Now.

    I believe that Maddow has been able to succeed at MSNBC because she knows what lines she's not supposed to cross, and is really good about not crossing them. You can tell when she's at that line when she gets really snarky and goofy, or unnaturally calm and quiet. She really wants to cross that line, and, say, call someone like Powell a liar, and not just a useful idiot, but knows that she can't. She knows what happened to Keith--they ALL know what happened to Keith--and doesn't want it to happen to her as well. She's pretty good at making the most of the limits imposed on her by MSNBC, but she knows what those limits are and clearly stays within them.

    Personally, I think she could push those limits a bit harder without risking her situation at MSNBC, but I don't think it's in her nature to be controversial. Like Obama, she wants to be liked and fit in, which conflicts with her (and I'd like to believe his) desire to make things better. I guess everyone has their way of approaching and dealing with the issues.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 08:46:25 AM PST

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