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The week-long average for Maddow in the 25-54 demographic was 378,000, vs. Sean Hannity’s 352,000. O’Donnell bested Greta Van Susteren 359,000 to 245,000.

The Ed Show continues to lag behind his network companions, but perhaps he should be cut some slack because he is also airing opposite the highest rated program on cable news, The O’Reilly Factor. Even so, MSNBC’s primetime lineup managed to beat Fox News outright on two nights (Wednesday and Thursday).

This is pretty good news.  Especially since, with some cable and satellite packages MSNBC does not come with the basic packages like Fox does.  You have to pay extra to get it.

January 11th is when American women in one American state will lose access to what is supposedly their constitutionally protected right, because Republicans in that state decided that for them

Maddow rips Mississippi Republicans over abortion crack down  (via The Raw Story)

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Why Are Republicans Going After Susan Rice? Rachel Maddow Explains - Video -(via Ezkool)

Particularly impressive were the results of the two powerhouse programs on the MSNBC lineup: Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. Maddow won seven of the eight days against her Fox competition, Sean Hannity. For the 8-day run Maddow beat Hannity by 18% and her 544k average was second to only Bill O’Reilly in all of cable news. O’Donnell won all eight days against Fox’s Greta Van Susteren. His margin of victory over Van Susteren was 17% for the eight days.

This can no longer be considered a temporary blip on the ratings scales. With two weeks having elapsed, the MSNBC programs are showing steady strength against competition that was once thought insurmountable. Only Bill O’Reilly is holding his top position for Fox in primetime. This may indicate that Sean Hannity is wearing thin with viewers who are likely disappointed with his overly confident (and harebrained) assurances that all the polls were wrong and that Mitt Romney would emerge victorious.


Real talk.


Real talk.

Rachel Madow on Obama’s Re-election

Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. And he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately President of the United States. Again. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math. And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes. And evolution is a thing! And Benghazi was an attack ON us, it was not a scandal BY us. And nobody is taking away anyone’s guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. And the moon landing was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And UN election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as Communism.

Listen. Last night was a good night for liberals and for Democrats for very obvious reasons. But it was also, possibly, a good night for this country as a whole. Because in this country we have a two party system, in government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate between those possible solutions. And by the process of debate, we pick the best idea. That competition between good ideas, from both sides, about real problems in the real country should result in our country having better choices, better options, than if only one side is really working on the hard stuff. And if the Republican party, and the conservative movement, and the conservative media is stuck in a vacuum sealed, door locked, spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good, and denying the factual, lived truth of the world, then we are all deprived, as a nation, of the constructive debate between competing, feasible ideas about real problems.

Last night the Republicans got shellacked. And they had no idea it was coming. And we saw them, in real time, in real humiliating time, not believe it even as it was happening to them. And unless they’re going to secede, they’re going to have to pop the factual bubble they have been so happy living inside, if they do not want to get shellacked again. And that will be a painful process for them, I’m sure, but it will be good for the whole country - left, right, and center. You guys, we’re counting on you. Wake up.

There’s real problems in the world. There are real knowable facts in the world. Let’s accept those and talk about how we might approach our problems differently. Let’s move on from there. If the Republican party, and the conservative movement, and conservative media are forced to do that by the humiliation they were dealt last night, we will all be better off as a nation. And in that spirit, congratulations everybody. Big night.

Minnesota hate group leader Bradlee Dean sued Rachel Maddow last year after Maddow quoted Dean verbatim seeming to express support for countries that execute gay people. Maddow successfully called for the silly complaint to be dismissed, and a judge agreed, ordering Dean to also cover Maddow’s legal fees. He requested a stay on that punishment, and yesterday it was denied. He now must pay Maddow $24,625.23 before November 13 or he could be held in contempt of court.

Maddow on Meet The Press this morning: Jeep Falsehood Highlights Romney’s Truthfulness Problem (by DNCClips)

One doesn’t often catch Ms. Maddow in a moment of anger; she is calm, deliberate, and thoughtful at all times, even when an asshole like Alex Castellano treats her like crap.  But last night, as she closed out her show, she delivered an almost Olbermann-like rant against the right wing closed bubble of disinformation. 


[Note that this part starts about 6:14 into the video clip attached]

Mitt Romney, repeating a story told about this subject on the Right, in a way that is very satisfying to conservatives.  The way this story is told on the Right is a story that tells conservatives exactly what they want to hear and what they want to believe about that bad bad President Obama, a comforting story about how this bad president never used that word “terror” in talking about these attacks until TWO WEEKS after they happened.  This awful guy!  I mean, that story must feel great if you are a conservative, if you’re against this president.

If you only experience reality as mediated through the conservative media, you might think that is really what happened.

That is not what happened.

[VIDEO of PRES. OBAMA in Rose Garden on day following Libyan consulate attacks]  ”No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.  Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.  We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act, and make no mistake, justice will be done.”

RACHEL:  You can count down “3, 2, 1…” until the Right starts saying that that tape has been ‘doctored,’ that that transcript has been ‘forged from a fax machine in Hawaii.’  

[Rachel starts tapping her pen on her paper in an annoyed manner…]

RACHEL:  Mitt Romney, getting it wrong last night because he apparently consumes the Right Wing version of reality, instead of the real reality outside of the Right Wing conserviative media bubble.  That was the story of the night last night when he just face planted on that story…just a shocking stylistic and substantive face plant!  By an excitable candidate who decided to take a leaping roundhouse punch, while his opponent was standing there at his most presidential.  And the guy taking the punch not only missed his target, he punched himself out in the process. Splat!

That was THE story of last night, but the story of today, was that the Right decided that was too painful.  The Right decided that what happened to Mr. Romney there felt too bad, that they were going to make themselves feel better by telling themselves that that did not actually happen.  Telling themselves that Mr. Romney actually DID land that punch.  That he was right and he looked great for it!

Look at the lower third [Rachel is referring to the chyron titles that are used to identify news stories on screen in the lower third of the frame] on Fox News today when they were talking about this.  This was on their dayside programming, which Fox says is supposedly when they are not doing any opinion at all!



Oh darn that Candy Crowley, her pointless interruption ruined Mitt Romney’s big moment when he was just nailing Obama for not saying the word “terror” in the Rose Garden that day.  

[VIDEO of Pres. Obama in the Rose Garden:  ”“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”]

RACHEL:  In Right Wing World, President Obama never said that.  Part of the reason I think this country would be better off if the website Politifact didn’t exist, is because Politifact has encouraged relativism—on the subject of whether or not stuff happened—as a mainstream thing.

So like when Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”, and then he went on CBS News and defended his call to Let “Detroit Go Bankrupt,” including that headline, Politifact fact checked whether or not Mitt Romney said “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”.  And they found that “half true”. Because basically they don’t think that Mitt Romney likes to be quoted saying “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”, or something.

Even though he did. So half true?

Politifact last night looked into whether or not President Obama used the phrase “act of terror” the day after the Benghazi attack when he gave that speech in the Rose Garden.

[VIDEO of Pres. Obama in the Rose Garden:  ”“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”]

Politifact in its assessment said “oh yes, he did say that” but it’s really only half true because people on the Right say maybe he didn’t mean it when he said it.

 This infection is leaving the conservative media, through purportedly neutral arbiters of fact like Politifact.  These baldly false conservative feel-good assertions about knowable facts that come from the Right, end up becoming…just ‘the other side’ of a political issue…’we’re taking an objective look’  And That is BULL.

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.  The unemployment rate is below 8%.   The day after the Benghazi attack, the President called it an ‘act of terror.’  Do whatever you need to do to make yourself feel better, but do not confuse your ‘'World-Net-Daily-caliber-theraputic-conservative-alternative-reality-fantasy-babble for what actually happened.

Because stuff really does actually happen. And eventually, you really do have to deal with it.

Best part?  She ended the rant by throwing her papers at the camera, perhaps a subtle homage to our friend Keith.

(via Rachel Maddow is TICKED OFF)

Obama…has a record he can brag about when it comes to deficit reduction — very few president in American history can boast about having inherited a massive deficit, then cutting it by nearly a fourth in just one term.

(via The death of a talking point - The Maddow Blog)

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Dear Republicans,

If you want to minimize voting fraud, stop committing it. 

Republican budgets like Mitt Romney’s, and like the Republican budgets in the states, do not ignore the poor; they specifically target poor people for higher taxes. The Republican approach to poverty is to say that the problem with poor people is that they have too much money, and the government has to solve that by taking some money away from them.

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Rachel Maddow on Donald Trump’s role in the Republican National Convention and the Romney campaign.