Rachel Maddow’s Brilliant Reporting on Trump and Russia Has Upset the Snowflakes at Fox News

For the past several weeks Rachel Maddow has been enjoying record ratings for her MSNBC program. Not only that, in the Key 25-to-54 demographic, Maddow is beating her direct Fox News competition, Tucker Carlson. The surge in viewers can be attributed to the “gift” of endless atrocities and absurdities courtesy of Donald Trump & Company.

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As a result of the program’s accelerating success, Fox News is exhibiting signs of anxiety and desperation. This week Fox News lashed out to criticize Maddow by featuring an analysis of her coverage published by The Intercept. Fox’s headline complained “Report Calls Out Just How Much Time MSNBC’s Maddow Spends on Trump & Russia.”

Oh my. We certainly can’t have that. In addition to beating Fox in the ratings she’s bringing attention to the most damaging scandal of the Trump administration. No wonder Fox is worried. It’s bad enough to be losing to a liberal network, but they’re also failing to protect their boss in the White House. A boss who regards the whole Russia thing as fake news.

The criticism that Maddow is spending too much time on Trump and Russia is ironic. It’s exactly that coverage that is propelling her ratings growth. Clearly there is an audience that’s thirsty for the truth on this subject. And Maddow is well aware of that. In a recent interview she told the Hollywood Reporter that:

“We’ve put a lot of effort into the Russia scandal and I don’t regret that, and I intend to be as aggressive as I possibly can on that story because here is a scandal that is of transcendent, historic importance and is existentially about whether or not this presidency should exist or whether it is the product of a crime.”

The article in The Intercept is actually a well researched and written examination of Maddow’s choice of topics. And reasonable readers can agree or disagree with its conclusions. While it does fault her for overdoing the Trump/Russia story, it does so from the perspective that other stories important to progressives were getting short shrift. For example immigration, the Obamacare repeal effort, and Trump’s Muslim ban.

That’s probably not the same position Fox News is coming from. After all, it’s unlikely that Fox wants Maddow to forgo Russia and spend more time on Trump’s other failures. Fox’s only interest is in bashing Maddow and taking back their ratings crown. That may be why Fox left out The Intercept’s acknowledgement that “Maddow’s focus on Russia has helped her ratings, which are at their highest level since 2008.” Or that Maddow is “A supremely gifted journalist who Vanity Fair has dubbed ‘the smartest person on TV.'”

That Fox News would cherry pick bits of this article that they could frame negatively is evidence of their nervousness. They obviously have little to support their position and are stretching for ways to disparage their competition. But linking to an article that’s largely complimentary in order to squeeze out a mild rebuke is a desperation move. Look for more of that going forward as Trump continues to be a fountain of material for Maddow and other liberal journalists. At the same time Fox is having to deal with the fall of serial sexual harasser Bill O’Reilly. The fate of the network’s star attraction is currently hanging by a thread.

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Here’s a sample of some of the Trump/Russia coverage that Maddow has been doing so well:

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7 thoughts on “Rachel Maddow’s Brilliant Reporting on Trump and Russia Has Upset the Snowflakes at Fox News

  1. She’s only doing for Trump what Fux News did to President Obama for eight years.

    • Not exactly. She’s telling the truth about Trump. Fox Lied about Obama.

  2. Trust and respect are earned, by those who are trustworthy and become respected. Just because a person demands ‘respect’, does not mean it’s been earned. Where is Steve Bannon’s Birth Certificate? How many in total on Trump’s cabinet do have/had financial contacts with Communist Russia? We do know both Flynn and Sessions Lied under Oath about their personal contacts with Vladimir Putin’s Intelligence Services. If nothing to hide, why Lie?

  3. Go Rachael! Traitor trump is in so deep he’s sinking no matter how hard he tries. Deflecting onto something else is what guilty criminals do when caught. And now there’s a money laundering connection. Trump laundering money for Putin. Way before the election. Great blackmail info.

  4. I am not a fan of Rachel Maddow but anything bothering the alt.right, Fox newsless, or Trump is worth supporting.

  5. Rachael Maddow is brilliant. She is a critical part of getting to the Trump relationship with Russia. She illuminates scandals that other news organizations are discussing the next day. She gives me hope that truth is still possible, and that with it we will find our way out of the dark and scary place our world has become.

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