Rachel Maddow Full of Shit, Judge Confirms, and No One Reports
So I'm minding my own business today, engaged in a little work avoidance and procrastination, watching videos of Joe Biden on Twitter that pretty clearly show how far his dementia has advanced (I won't even bother to link to it, but I've spent 15 minutes watching the same clip to determine if he actually did exclaim "my butt's been wiped!"), and I learned that Glenn Greenwald is over at Substack. Well, well, well, well, well, I said to the cats, hie me over there! What do I find but this tantalizing headline:
I truly cannot do this piece justice, so I strongly recommend reading it for yourself. The TL;DR version is that One America News sued Russiagate Maddow, MSNBC, and Comcast for defamation (Maddow proclaimed on air that OAN "really literally is paid Russian propaganda." Any evidence or investigation was present only in a fictionalized reenactment using hand puppets. In other words, right on par with the rest of MSNBC's programming). An Obama-appointed judge dismissed the lawsuit because (allegedly), Maddow's audience knows that her botched abortion of a show is rife with what Glenn called exaggeration, hyperbole, and pure opinion (and what Le Frog calls lies), and therefore the audience knows she's bullshitting.
I wish I had a fainting couch to collapse onto, because the vapours are coming fast and hard. (Disclaimer that my comments are full of exaggeration, hyperbole, and pure opinion, so I'm not really reaching for a fainting couch, and you can't sue me!) Mercy me, I do recall! Tucker Carlson and his clown hour, along with Fox, faced a similar lawsuit, also dismissed, also featuring lawyers arguing that the audience knows Carlson and Fox are brimming with it, so no one really believes every single word. If you're paying attention, you'll notice that the Carlson lawsuit was argued and dismissed after the Maddow lawsuit... meaning... could it be... that the lawyers for Carlson and Fox simply used the same argument that Maddow's and MSNBC's lawyers used... and were successful in their endeavour too?
I'd read about the Tucker Carson/Fox lawsuit; it was much ballyhooed at the time, and even in my disconnection from the hustle and bustle of American political carnival, I remember what a Big Deal it was. I do not remember a peep about the Maddow lawsuit though, and couldn't find very much about it after doing some quick online searching (nothing strenuous, but the pitchforks were sharpened and the torches lit for Carlson); again, Glenn does a better job of explaining why corporate media actors are hypocritical scumbags than I can.
Everyone involved with these programs are terrible people, and my blood boils knowing Maddow and Carlson get paid beyond handsomely for their garbage, and so little daylight exists between them in terms of integrity, journalistic practice, and honesty (none. None exists). It also angers me that independent reporting is subject to all kinds of scrutiny on platforms like YouTube and Twitter, while these two utter losers can shitspray anything they want on television to millions of viewers and not only face no consequences, but actually get protected for their efforts with the declaration that *everyone knows* these two are lying liars who lie, okay, so what's your problem?
Well, I've got a smirk a mile wide reading this. Insufferable Russiagate Maddow's ratings have been circling the drain and her tabloid show can't recover (I guess some of us really did need Donald Trump, eh?), and here I am, just learning that a judge has confirmed a full litter box has the same credibility as Maddow. I feel the way one would have when, as a callow youth, one waved an extended middle finger to the turned back of a parent, teacher, or other authority figure. They didn't see it, no one else saw it, only you know it happened, it didn't register, but my goodness, the satisfaction of the moment is *chef's kiss* delicious.