Rolling Stone interviewed MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and the leftist pundit declared she will save America “from the political crisis that we are in.”
Unsurprisingly, there were plenty of softball questions, as Rolling Stone obviously adores Maddow. Not only did it slap her mug on the cover, but it included dripping descriptions of her “riveting” commentary and “brilliant” mind at making sense of the news. But after the ego boost, the progressive rag got down to business and asked why so many Americans distrust the media. Maddow’s response was more revolting than riveting:
“It's a convenient foil. I don't really care. I am a cheerleader for the American media and I feel like the free press is going to be what saves us from the political crisis that we are in. We just need to keep doing what we're doing.”
And since journalists are going to save the world from Trump, they ought to be paid more, Maddow added:
“I think the media needs to be protective in terms of its business model. There needs to be a remunerative vocation, which is called reporter, which is called editor, which is called publisher.... We need to do what we can to make sure that we defend people that are attacked for doing that work, and [also] that there are journalism jobs that pay above minimum wage so we get good people doing this work.”
Good people like her, seems to be the suggestion.
“Amen,” agreed Rolling Stone.
“Right? I mean, news doesn't just happen – people need to appreciate that news comes from people digging it up and that journalism is a noble thing, and we've got to cheer for it when it succeeds,” Maddow said.
Maddow didn’t defend against accusations of being partisan, but clarified what that means to her:
“Oh, I'm a liberal for sure. I'm just not a candidate person. And I'm not a huge fan of the Democratic Party. I'm also less interested in the Democratic Party as a topic – the Republican Party is more fascinating to me.”
She explained… rather oddly:
“I'm like a sociological student of the Republican Party – even absent Trump. There is a robust, well-funded, decades-old, superorganized, focused, competent conservative movement that exists outside the Republican Party that yanks the party's chain whenever they want to. The Republican Party is like an old burned-out husk of a Ford Pinto that blew up 'cause its gas tank was in the wrong place, but it's attached to a giant jet engine. The Democratic Party is like a Honda Civic. It putters through the world in a predictable way, and you like it or not depending on if you find small, unpowerful things cute. But the Republican Party has this incredible propulsion and no way to steer it.”
Maddow doesn’t describe the kind of crap car she thinks she is, but with so many journalists in the pockets of Democrats, including her no matter what she says, it's a Honda Civic that will ultimately save America. Riveting.