MSNBC show host Rachel Maddow has suffered some steep audience erosion in recent months, down more than 40 percent in viewership from her peak last fall during the election.
According to the Los Angeles Times,
Click to view image: '76235a92510f-400_f_5860588_nkfm9zemblk0fo95mcpecqjmtij5sxi6.jpg' Maddow's audience has gone from a high of 1.9 million viewers in the fall to just over 1.1 million in March. That's a big drop.
Readers of this blog know I am just as troubled by Maddow's brand of ideologically driven partisan propaganda as I am by that of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity on Fox. Maddow was at her worst last week, falsely minimizing the tea parties held across the country as "the fizzle in the drizzle" and mocking the participants.
You could hardly have a better example as to how an ideologue distorts an event or facts to fit her or his worldview -- the opposite of journalism.
Maddow was not much better than Hannity, whom I criticized here, for his rabble-rousing on behalf of the tea-bag protesters in Atlanta, whom he was supposed to be covering.
"I think Rachel is a rock star," Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, told the Times.
That's one of the problems with MSNBC: It's looking for "rock stars" instead of journalists or analysts to host its shows. If a rock star's CD sales dropped by 44 percent, believe me, the record company would be worried.
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