August 19, 2008
Rachel Maddow Gets Own Show, Replaces AbramsIt's about time:
Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election, MSNBC is shaking up its prime-time programming lineup, removing the long-time host –- and one-time general manager of the network — Dan Abrams from his 9 p.m. program and replacing him with Rachel Maddow, who has emerged as a favored political commentator for the all-news cable channel.Abrams will stay on as general manager, daytime anchor and MSNBC correspondent.
Rachel on her new gig:
“This is great; getting a regular cable show is something I’ve wanted,” Ms. Maddow said. She acknowledged that the intensity of the presidential race meant that will remain the focus through the election and probably for the first 100 days of a new administration.A month ago, the New York Times dubbed Maddow the "host apparent". Rebecca Traister's article for The Nation two weeks later also explained why so many are gaga about Rachel:
Her specialty was making Tucker Carlson's head explode, or getting under Buchanan's skin until all he could do was gibber at her about socialism...Wow, an actual liberal with her own tv show, imagine that. Congrats, Rachel!
More reactions at Memeorandum.
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