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  •  I started listening to Rachel Maddow on (6+ / 0-)

    Air America (2004?) She shared the show with Lizz Winstead and Chuck D. Rachel was the only one who did her homework. Winstead made stupid jokes, and Chuck D, while informed, kept showing up late, and eventually stopped coming at all. After a year that show was cancelled. But then they gave Rachel her own show. She's so smart, she was a pleasure to learn from. And I loved it when she got the show on MSNBC.

    However, and this even surprises me, I don't think she has the time to prepare like she used to. She stretches stories out unnecessarily. If I hear the list of all the items Gov. Ultrasound got from his benefactor one more time, I'm going to scream. And when she shows clips, I think they're way longer than they need to be to get the point. But they fill time. And when you haven't prepared much to say, you look for time-fillers. I'm really disappointed.

    I think now my favorite is Chris Hayes.

    But, enjoy Rachel. It will take quite awhile for you to tire of her.

    •  Chris Hayes is good too and he is a bit (5+ / 0-)

      more wonkish, which can be a nice step up for those a bit more advanced in politics.  He does a nice job with his panel guests and those discussions.  Maddow goes for absolute, no doubt type of a story wherein she will take a doubter on a journey and end up squarely in the believe column.  Yeah, she strings a story out, but I find when she does, the punchline hits harder.  I think she has the power to convert, if you will.

      1. What does it mean? 2. And then what?

      by alwaysquestion on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 12:31:15 PM PDT

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      •  can't watch Hayes (2+ / 0-)
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        He was good on the weekend but watching him is tedious. To be honest all anyone needs is one cable news show a night, I choose Rachael.
        You can watch from Ed to Lawrence and they just all recycle the same thing but with there own style. Also I am just burnt out on news and the political games, Rachael does it the best.

        •  Burn out. I'm there too. (1+ / 0-)
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          I have to raise a daughter in her impressionable years.  The years of indoctrination are gone; now she needs a reason.  She questions, not believes.  So I go through the exercises I think will give her more to think about without becoming overwhelming.

          I will say that I do have her watch Ed sometimes and I explain that this country got built on the backs of blue collar labor, both men and women.  She is a brain for the most part, and I need her to understand that for every idea at the table she draws up, there is a multitude of brains out there that like working with their hands and take so very seriously their responsibilities to get it right.  When the electricity goes out in a winter storm, for example, I am quick to point out to her the sacrifice and hard work those men and women are giving to the rest of us.  So Ed helps me put the heart in my child.

          Hayes is too wonkish for my daughter but I like him.  I can get in the weeds when I am in the mood.

          But, I have to say that I am really exhausted and burned out too.  (on the news as well as other)

          1. What does it mean? 2. And then what?

          by alwaysquestion on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 05:12:01 PM PDT

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        •  we like Martin Bashir -- that English tradition of (1+ / 0-)
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          plain-speaking, calling a moran a bloody frackin' idjit (but more elegantly than that) is just a pure pleasure to listen for.

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 11:45:26 PM PDT

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