MSNBC darling Rachel Maddow has spent month after month pushing any number of anti-Trump conspiracies to her hungry anti-Trump viewers but with the sudden and decisive collapse of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, (of which Maddow helped big-time to instigate) her ratings are plummeting and her on-air antics are getting so downright embarrassing/disturbing that even her far left colleagues are starting to notice…
Rachel Maddow’s Conspiracy Brain
I tuned in to Maddow’s show after the Mueller investigation ended. It has not been pretty.
On Monday night, the first night that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show aired after Attorney General William Barr released his four-page memo on the Mueller report, Rachel Maddow was skeptical. Like, extremely, extremely skeptical. In fact, she had 15 questions worth of skepticism about the “the Barr Report,” which she displayed in remarkably tiny font behind her head. The questions started with the basics—Had Robert Mueller expected the attorney general to jump in and make a no prosecution, no collusion announcement? Was it appropriate for the attorney general to make that kind of determination at this point in the process?—before taking sudden swerves into the conspiratorial. Robert Mueller had chosen not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment in his report. “Well,” Maddow wondered, “why did Mueller make that determination and was it, in fact, a choice?” Was it possible that the special prosecutor had not explicitly described the president’s behavior as a crime in his report because there were plans to indict him as soon as he left office?
…I’ll admit that I haven’t watched Maddow regularly for the past few years. Turning on her show this week was like discovering a Facebook friend is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She looks the same as she did, she even sounds the same, but 15 minutes into a conspiratorial rant with no sense of proportion or, honestly, responsibility, you realize that something has gone wildly wrong: She wants to believe the instantly impeachable truth is out there more than she wants the truth, as gnarly and corrupt as it is. It’s easy to understand why this might appeal to the 4 million or so Trump-sick viewers who regularly watch Maddow’s program, but her audience is being served an alt-reality…
As of this week Maddow’s ratings have fallen by nearly 25% even as her reaction to the Mueller report that vindicated President Trump and his tens of millions of supporters, becomes increasingly strident. It will be interesting to see if MSNBC’s #1 personality can fully recover or if this is the beginning of the end of her time near the top of the 24/7 cable news ratings.