very thorough interview with Rachel Maddow
Mon Mar 9 17:55:23 EDT 2009
Given the erroneous posting that "Rachel Maddow's show is
tanking," I wanted to call list-members' attention to a long and
very interesting piece about her in Variety.
6 March 2009
Maddow's unique style spikes ratings:
Smarts, smile fuel MSNBC host's rapid rise
By Ted Johnson
If there was any doubt about MSNBC's faith in Rachel Maddow, look
where they sent her in the past few weeks: She guested on Jay Leno
and visited the ladies at "The View."
And when Keith Olbermann was anchoring MSNBC's coverage of President
Obama's first speech before Congress, she was the first analyst he
called upon for reaction -- a plum position that in the past may have
gone to Tim Russert.
After struggling for years to fill the prime 9 p.m. slot -- with
personalities as disparate as Rita Cosby to Dan Abrams -- the network
has landed a solid performer in Maddow. Her ratings are a vast
improvement over what has been there recently, and she has helped
erase doubts the network could carry over sizable audiences from the
record heights of the campaign season. [rest of article is
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