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  •  What shocked me about Hubris (27+ / 0-)

    was how non-hard hitting it was.

    Especially after reading 'Drift', Rachel Maddow was the last person that I figured would be a part of a kind of clinical National Geographic-esque post mortem base touching of a topic that she almost certainly would know would require a more involved and detailed autopsy.

    But ten minutes into it, I realize that I can't blame her.

    Given a choice between, say, no Hubris special at all, or a one hour glossing, I'd choose to at least put it on the air myself if I were Rachel.

    MSNBC has fucking days of the same 40 episodes of their endlessly recyled 'we go to so-and-so hellhole prison' programming on the weekend. Every weekend. Every month. Forever.

    I think a three hour special on a Saturday or Sunday, that only deprives America of going to Angola or San Quentin for the 1000th time, would have been a service to the nation.

    I don't blame Maddow for that, I blame MSNBC's management.  

    It is very hard for me not to conclude that what essentially amounts to stealing ad money from idiot advertisers buying time on shows that have been paid for a thousand times over by past airings didn't trump the best possible examination of the subject. There was no reason Rachel had to give up an hour slot of her show during the week for what we were given.

    MSNBC must not be deprived of its cheap-ass prison profit grab.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 12:29:19 PM PST

    •  Actually my reaction (5+ / 0-)

      to Drift was similar to the reaction of Vyan and others to this film (which I haven't seen.)

      Drfit contains loads of good stuff and it's admirable that Maddow is using her status to focus on war, but Drift doesn't go nearly far enough in exposing the immorality, illegality, and brutality of American wars. Most egregiously, while focusing on the impact of war on Americans, it virtually ignores the non-American victims. A terrible lapse.

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