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Maddow Acknowledges Ratings Boost From 'Terrible People' at Fox

Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 02:53 PM

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How lame, and lamestream, is this: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow seems to have a certain fondness for the folks over at Fox News, as evidenced in a confession in which she also flatly labels them “terrible people.” At least, ratings for “The Rachel Maddow Show” rise when she disses Fox talking heads, she acknowledged during a Harvard University speech, according to a report in the Harvard Crimson.

Rachel Maddow, Fox News, 'terrible people'The "terrible people" grenade came as little surprise, given the traditional MSNBC-Fox acrimony and the mortars she lobbed at Fox over the recent two-day suspension of MSNBC colleague Keith Olbermann for his ethical lapses in donating to Democratic candidates.

Her admission of her own disdain for Fox came during her talk as part of the Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Even as she noted that political conflict is one of the driving forces in the news business these days, she could have echoed the argument and applied it to the media, seeing that right-left conflict is a driving force for news outlets, too.

Political coverage is one of the reasons that people hate the press, she said, suggesting that the term “lame-stream media” is an example of the public’s abhorrence of reporters, the Crimson reported.

The public antagonism toward media personalities rears its head in her ratings, she acknowledged.

“Am I particularly more exciting when I talk about Fox News?” she said. “The numbers rise because there is an appetite for hearing that commentators from the right are terrible people.”

One of her points was that the polar opposites in the media are increasing the gap between the political campaign process and the act of governing itself. As if labeling professional opponents “terrible people” would bridge the gap.

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