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Rachel Maddow Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension at MSNBC

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 2nd 2011 2:00PM
Now that the debt ceiling debate is settled, MSNBC has turned its attention to more important matters. The network has signed Rachel Maddow to a multi-year contract extension that runs through the 2012 election, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. MSNBC chief Phil Griffin confirmed the news at MSNBC's TCA Panel.

Since it premiered in late 2008, 'The Rachel Maddow Show' has occupied MSNBC's 9PM hour, and has gradually gained prominence, and ratings. It now consistently averages over 1 million viewers per night and ranks 2nd in the 9 PM cable news standings, behind Fox's Sean Hannity but ahead of 'Piers Morgan Tonight' on CNN.

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Joan Rivers Tells Rachel Maddow She'd Look 'Hot' With Long Hair (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 8th 2011 6:38PM
Lawrence O'Donnell and Rachel Maddow usually have a brief on-air conversation as 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 8PM ET on MSNBC) ends and 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (weekdays, 9PM ET on MSNBC) begins.

During their chat Monday, Maddow made reference to something Joan Rivers -- O'Donnell's last guest of the evening -- had said. This pulled the irrepressible Rivers, who was still in the studio, into the conversation.

"Tell Rachel to grow her hair," Rivers said, from off camera.

"No Joan, have you ever seen me with long hair? I look like one of the Hanson boys grown up and gone bad," Maddow explained.

"You'd look very hot," Rivers disagreed.

Maddow appeared a bit embarrassed at first, but eventually seemed pleased that Mrs. Red Carpet Critic herself was complimenting her (potential) looks.

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Rachel Maddow Praises Fox News' Shep Smith for Calling Out Republicans Who Don't Support 9/11 Health Care Bill (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 22nd 2010 4:10PM
"Now let us praise the Fox News Channel," declared Rachel Maddow dramatically, on "The Rachel Maddow Show" (Weekdays, 9PM ET MSNBC.)

And the often-sarcastic Fox-critic was being completely serious -- she was impressed with the way Fox News anchor Shepard Smith had angrily called out by name every Republican senator who hadn't pledged support for a bill that provides medical coverage for 9/11 first responders.

"All hail Shep Smith," she added, explaining that when a Fox News personality criticizes the GOP they take notice, whereas Republican politicians likely just ignore any criticism directed at them from her and her MSNBC colleagues.

Take notice they did: Wednesday, the 9/11 First Responders Bill passed the Senate unanimously.

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Rachel Maddow Implores Her Audience Not to Eat Cocktail Garnish (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 1st 2010 9:56PM
Apparently a bunch of bees in Brooklyn have turned red after feeding from the waste at a local maraschino cherry factory. On 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (weekdays, 9PM ET on MSNBC), Maddow used this odd tale to warn her viewers that cocktail garnish shouldn't be consumed by humans either.

"Cocktail garnish is not meant to be a tiny wet meal, served conveniently inside your drink glass. Cocktail garnish is there to visually amuse you, and/or to augment the taste or smell of your drink," Maddow explained, before demonstrating how one applies a citrus twist to a cocktail.

While Maddow is correct in stating that nothing good will come out of eating cocktail garnish, anyone who's ever come face-to-face with a maraschino cherry after a long bout of drinking on an empty stomach can confirm that they are darn near impossible to resist.

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Jon Stewart: I'm More Like Jerry Seinfeld Than I Am The News (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 12th 2010 1:05PM
Despite suffering from a stomach virus, Jon Stewart sat down for an hour-long interview with Rachel Maddow on Thursday night's 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on MSNBC).

During their discussion, Stewart was very critical of the hyper-partisan nature of cable news, and also drew a distinction between what he does, and what somebody like Maddow does.

"I feel more of a kinship to Jerry Seinfeld, than I do to what you guys do or to what CNN does or what NBC does," Stewart said. "(Seinfeld's) the best at being able to craft those moments of sort of these intangible esoteric things and put them together into something that really connects with people. We try to do the same thing but with a more political, social avenue."

Stewart went onto argue that the role he occupies in civil discourse -- "a comedian, who with political and social concepts criticizes from a haughty yet ultimately feckless perch" -- has always existed. However, he believes the role Maddow and the other partisan, yet entertaining talkers on MSNBC and Fox News play is a relatively new, and not particularly helpful to the political process.

Maddow respectfully disagreed, saying she thinks what she and Stewart do are similar. What do you think? Do you associate Jon Stewart with cable news pundits like Rachel Maddow? Does the modern media landscape require that lines be drawn between partisan pundits, opinion journalists, and political satirists? This discussion raises many questions, which fortunately can be debated on a 24-hour-loop simultaneously on three different cable news channels.

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Rachel Maddow Explains the Typo That Will Put 'Rich Whitey' on the Illinios Ballot (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 15th 2010 3:30PM
Rich Whitney is perfectly good name for a political candidate. If you remove the 'n' from that equation, however, you have a problem.

On 'The Rachel Maddow Show,' (Weekdays, 9 PM ET on MSNBC) Maddow explained how a typo had made Illinois Green Party Candidate for governor Rich Whitney into Rich Whitey.

"It turns out that not all 'N's' in the middle of words are created equal," Maddow quipped. "The Green Party candidate for governor is on the ballot as "Rich Whitey" in 23 wards, 11 of which are in predominately African-American communities."

Whitney is understandably furious, but it should be noted that the "Whitey" typo -- which they will not be able to fix before the election -- only comes up on the ballot review screen. So it will only cost Whitney votes if folks who had already punched his name then have second thoughts because they notice he is being referred to as 'Whitey.'

Maddow had advice for anyone who finds themselves in that situation:

"It is a typo, not a comic book-style dramatic unveiling."

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Rachel Maddow's Search For Christine O'Donnell in Delaware Comes Up Empty (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 6th 2010 12:28PM
Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has been making headlines in recent weeks for her history of bizarre statements and positions. Responding to the heavy media scrutiny, O'Donnell vowed to stop doing national press so she could focus on local Delaware issues and voters. But as Rachel Maddow discovered when she took her show (weekdays, 9 PM on MSNBC) on a field trip to Delaware, O'Donnell appears to have gone underground even there.

Maddow sent her producers to O'Donnell's campaign headquarters, but their efforts to snag an interview with the unusual candidate were rebuffed as "unacceptable" by a campaign staffer once the producers revealed they were representing 'The Rachel Maddow Show.'

"'That's unacceptable' was his response to you saying the name of the show," Maddow repeated back to her producer, upon hearing the bad news.

"Yup," said the producer. "And then he said that you have been classless (toward O'Donnell.)"

O'Donnell might be confused about evolution, but at least she has hired people smart enough to realize that O'Donnell probably wouldn't have come out of an interview with Maddow looking good.

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Joe Biden to Progressive Democrats: 'Get in Gear, Man' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 16th 2010 10:52AM
Joe Biden's blunt manner of speaking can get him in trouble sometimes. But appearing on 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (weekdays 9 PM ET on MSNBC) the Vice President used that trait to effectively hammer home the point that progressive Democrats need to get more involved in the 2010 election, or risk having everything Biden believes the Obama Administration has accomplished get undone.

Addressing the "enthusiasm" gap that seems to exist between the revved-up Tea Party and the sleepy Democratic base, Biden offered progressives a stark pep-talk. "One of the reason I want to be on your show, is to tell progressives out there to get in gear, man," Biden told Maddow. "First of all, there is a great deal of stake."

Biden then listed the regulation of tobacco, hate crime laws, and insurance for kids as Obama administration accomplishments that could be undone if the GOP takes over the Congress.

"Our progressive base, you should not stay home," Biden continued. "You better get energized. Because the consequence are serious for the outcome of the things we care most about."

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Rachel Maddow Airs Abstinence Tape by Delaware Senate Hopeful (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 15th 2010 5:43PM
Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell shocked the Republican establishment by beating nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in the race to become the GOP's nominee for the Delaware Senate seat. O'Donnell is avidly pro-life and supports efforts to defund and repeal health care reform legislation.

This, of course, ticks off Rachel Maddow, so on Tuesday's 'Rachel Maddow Show' (weekdays, 9PM ET on MSNBC), Maddow played a tape of O'Donnell's appearance on the 1996 MTV show 'Sex in the '90s IX: The Safest Sex of All.'

On the show, a young O'Donnell takes the position that abstinence includes saying no to masturbation.

"My name is Christine O'Donnell. I am the president and founder of The SALT. The SALT stands for the Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth," O'Donnell says as she introduces herself on the tape.

"The bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery, so you can't masturbate without lust," O'Donnell argues, with a giggle.

"You're going to be pleasing each other, and if he already knows what pleases him, and he can please himself, then why am I in the picture?" O'Donnell wondered, as Joan Osborne's alternative rock hit 'One of Us' played in the background.

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Lady Gaga's VMA Date Interviewed on 'Rachel Maddow' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 14th 2010 1:28AM
If you got get past Lady Gaga's distracting outfits at the MTV Music Video Awards, you would have noticed that her red carpet entourage was a group of men and women in military uniform.

On 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (Weeknights, 9PM ET on MSNBC), Maddow interviewed one of those women, Katherine Miller, a lesbian who had recently resigned from West Point because she believed serving under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" compromised her integrity.

"How did you end up going to the VMAs with Lady Gaga?" Maddow wondered.

Miller said that Gaga had invited a group of soldiers -- who had either been discharged or had resigned because of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- to one of her concerts.

After the concert, Miller and the other ex-soldiers "had the opportunity to speak with (Gaga) ... we told her our story, and she was really touched by that, and she wanted to do something bigger, so she proposed the VMAs and we all accepted."

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Phil Davison's Epic Freak-Out Speech Entertains Rachel Maddow (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 10th 2010 1:25PM
On 'The Rachel Maddow Show', (weekdays, 9PM on MSNBC) Maddow played video of a speech from Phil Davison, a candidate for the position of treasurer in Stark County, Ohio.

Describing the speech, Maddow said it "practically bled with raw gut churning passion that definitely could not have been faked."

In the speech, Davison immediately falls into an uncontrolled -- but ostensibly motivational -- freak out. The type of which is generally only heard when a commander is about to lead his troops into a battle that there is no coming back from.

"He didn't win," Maddow deadpanned after the clip was done. However, a few moments later, Maddow couldn't help but mimic Davison's infectious -- if politically unsuccessful -- speaking style.

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Rachel Maddow Fights Embarrassment to Highlight Christine O'Donnell's Anti-Masturbation Stance (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 8th 2010 11:06AM
"It is an issue that has led to many a Sunday School threat that an angry God will strike you blind, or make you grow hair on your arms." Rachel Maddow teased, on 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (Weekdays, 9 PM ET on MSNBC).

"It is an issue that is very difficult for a person who blushes easily to discuss on television without the help of extra heavy-duty makeup. But it is an issue that is becoming unavoidable in one very high profile race for the United States Senate."

Then, about fifteen minutes after this breathless introduction, Maddow ran a quote from Christine O'Donnell, a Tea Party-backed candidate for US Senate who has an outside chance of upsetting GOP-establishment candidate Mike Castle in the Delaware primary Tuesday.

So what did O'Donnell say, on the salacious topic of self-love? Well, she once said this:

"The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can't masturbate without lust."

A wacky take on things, sure, but probably not blush worthy -- even for a self-confessed easy blusher.

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Conspiracy?! Rachel Maddow's Mic Cuts Out as She Criticizes Bush Iraq War Policy (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 1st 2010 11:41AM
On 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on MSNBC) Maddow used the occasion of the President's Oval Office speech on the Iraq War to reexamine how she believes the Bush administration deceived the country into the war.

As she was detailing the ways they did so, a sinister thing happened: her mic cut off.

After an unplanned commercial break, her audio was restored.

"It's really weird. It is not like I'm on a satellite feed or anything," Maddow explained. "I'm in my home studio in New York, and what I lost was the audio of the hard wired mic that I wear that pins me to my desk ... nothing like that's ever happened before. I'm such a conspiracy theorist I can't tell you what I'm thinking right now, it would discredit me forever."

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Rachel Maddow Blasts Afghan War-Based Reality Show 'Bomb Patrol' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 26th 2010 4:46PM
The new reality show 'Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan' was a topic of discussion on last night's 'Rachel Maddow Show,' (weeknights, 9 PM ET on MSNBC) and Rachel is not a fan of the concept.

The ten episode reality series, which will follow a bomb squad unit in Afghanistan and run on G4, is being produced with the blessing of the U.S. Navy. Still, Rachel worried that packaging the war as entertainment is a dangerous line to cross.

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Major FAIL on 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 14th 2010 11:50PM
Major FAIL on 'The Rachel Maddow Show'Ah, there's nothing better than live TV. On the latest installment of 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (weeknights, 9PM ET on MSNBC), host Maddow was attempting to discuss how current Republican proposals would massively increase the size of the U.S. deficit.

Unfortunately, her presentation involved sticking giant red pieces of something-or-other onto a display screen. And those pieces kept falling off the screen, over and over again. "I knew that was gonna happen!" Maddow said.

So Rachel had to have a crew member named Rich come out and physically hold the big red whatever-they-were things up. She was in good spirits about it, though. But then, everything still fell down again afterward. Oh, Rachel. In Internet-speak, this is all a major FAIL. You have been PWNED ... by pieces of red felt.

When she segued to a talk with Senator Sherrod Brown, the senator had this to say: "You're having too much fun."

"I am having fun!" she replied. "Whenever things fail visibly on television, I enjoy myself." Aw, Rachel, we love you.

At any rate, the point that Rachel was trying to make was that current Republican proposals would add more than three TRILLION dollars to the deficit. That's interesting, considering that the GOP is supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility. Do you think Rachel is right? Are the Republicans acting a little crazy with their current proposals? Feel free to leave your replies in the comment section.

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