It’s difficult for actual activist progressives to get a show on the teevee. MSNBC kind of backed into backing progressives when the sports guy they hired, Keith Olbermann, turned out to be critical of George Bush. Who knew? It was back when the traditional media was trying to cover for Bush, so Olbermann got a lot of attention for speaking out. I still think of him more as an outraged moderate than an activist progressive. Like Jon Stewart, Olbermann was prompted to start pillorying conservatives when they turned away from all common sense.
But Rachel Maddow is a bona fide progressive, for whom the cause has always come first, before sports or comedy…although humor is one of her strengths. You can see it in this short clip of Ed Schultz congratulating her on her show starting its fifth year. (It debuted on September 8, 2008.) Sure, Schultz’s Eastwood impression isn’t that great, but who cares, as Maddow makes it fun to talk about politics and fight for what’s right.
Thanks to Maddow and new pundits like Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry, there’s an actual liberal media out there.
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