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Rachel Maddow Performs Her Victory Lap

We’ve generally avoided those year-(and decade-) in-review pieces that usually saturate the media this time of year. But we aren’t knocking anyone who does. Particularly Rachel Maddow, who in the past year has accomplished more as a reporter and pundit that even we could have imagined. And then there’s the little matter of her breaking through a glass closet barrier: Commanding a primetime cable news program, and succeeding at it. Great year, Rach.

On:           Dec 31, 2009
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    • JRD

      Dear Miss Maddow,

      I love you. Wanna get gay married the legal way – 1 lez & 1 queer man? I’ll play sports with you and everything. ;-)

      -Jerrold in Los Angeles

      P.S. – Happy New Years Queerty and all of its readership.

      Dec 31, 2009 at 10:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • james_cambridge

      I love her…I don’t watch her or Olbermann enough. They will be among my new year’s resolution.

      Dec 31, 2009 at 10:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      She has more balls than all the Faux News nutbags combined…..

      Dec 31, 2009 at 11:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • merkin

      Sorry, 2009 was the year I fell out of love with Rachel. She’s smart and has integrity, but I find her uncomfortably smug. And her one-sided investigations into only conservative/Republican wrongdoing makes her sound like a Democratic operative.

      There’s plenty of sleaze and misdeeds on both sides of the aisle, and I would sooner trust a journalist who doesn’t play her hand so obviously

      Dec 31, 2009 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      No. 4 · merkin: Oh, so she should be “fair and balanced”
      like Faux News??

      Dec 31, 2009 at 11:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RomanHans

      “Smug”? That’s the reason you don’t like a reporter? She exposes stories nobody else does, she alone fights the bad guys, but you don’t like her because she appears self-satisfied?

      Merkin, sweetie, why don’t you just sit there and look pretty, and leave the politics to us men?

      Dec 31, 2009 at 12:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries

      I adore her. On election week she worked with Pat Buchanan, and despite obvious philosophical differences, I think Buchanan couldn’t help but like her. She actually made HIM look better, which was something of a miracle.

      I don’t think any female news anchor has warmed me to her like this since Linda Ellerbee was working for NBC.

      Dec 31, 2009 at 12:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • unclemike

      Frankly, with all the incredible and insightful reporting and commentary she does, I don’t think she’s smug enough.

      Go, Rachel, go!

      Dec 31, 2009 at 12:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • benlayvey

      @ Merkin

      She will say [as any Bill O. or Beck would] that she is merely “a Commentator” therefore not liable to the ethical constraints of Journalism.

      Dec 31, 2009 at 12:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JOHN

      “I’m reading it from your book dude!”…she IS awesome, I wish the world had more Rachels.
      Glad to have her on TV and in this life time.

      Dec 31, 2009 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • merkin

      I’m willing to debate how open-minded she is, but why is it wrong to complain about Maddow being smug? If she’s just a “commentator” and something of a performer, why can’t I be turned off by her smug delivery? I wouldnt like self-satisfaction coming from anyone, even a personal hero.

      Dec 31, 2009 at 6:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Perry MacNeil

      John, the “No! I’m reading it from your book, Dude!” line is my favorite Maddowism of all time. Period.

      The fact that Maddow’s investigations into all the nefarious right-wing propaganda haven’t completely turned her off on politics altogether is amazing in itself. Let alone the fact that Rachel still finds stories exposing such nonsense just as incredulous as the rest of us do is reason enough for me to tune in every day. As to her critics? Feel free to watch Fix News, (you do still have a choice!)and enjoy those sour grapes!

      Dec 31, 2009 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sean

      I would go straight for her. She’s awesome.

      Jan 1, 2010 at 12:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz

      No. 6 · RomanHans

      And, I’ll just bet that Merkin also believes that Obama will come through for us gays…that is, if Amelia Earhart doesn’t make an appearance first!

      Jan 1, 2010 at 2:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz

      No. 7 · dvlaries

      I thought Linda Ellerbee was way cool too.

      Jan 1, 2010 at 2:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein

      She OWNs the Uganda “Kill the Gays” story. No one else in the “Mainstream” will go anywhere near it.


      (Merkin has my express permission to crawl back up Rush Limbaugh’s ass.)

      Jan 1, 2010 at 9:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter

      David”’ should that have read “back up Rush Limbaugh’s SMUG ass?

      Jan 1, 2010 at 10:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cheryl

      Re: Merkin
      I don’t see her as smug. She’s wicked smart and has a good sense of humor. You’re turned off because she’s able to present obsurdities with a smile? As someone with their own sarcastic streak, it makes me love her even more. I feel like I’m in on the joke. Furthermore, if you think she hasn’t been beating up the Dems, you haven’t been watching.

      Don’t change a thing Rachel, you’re the best!

      Jan 1, 2010 at 11:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nick

      Easily one of my favorite people on the planet. Yeah it’s opinion journalism- so what? Her coverage of LGBT issues is OUTSTANDING. Can we please elect her queen of the gays?

      Jan 1, 2010 at 11:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      Sorry guys there isn’t room for anything but young latino hustler cock in Rush Windbag’s lard ass. He is one of the most pathetic self hating fags in this world…………

      Jan 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom

      I loved the two whistled cuckoos in her story. She does indeed rush in where other news people fear to go. All Hail Rachel; a hero in any time, but especially in ours.

      Jan 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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