Back in May, the New York Times told their reporters they were no longer allowed to appear on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show.
She had jumped the shark on the Russia conspiracy and the Times allegedly didn’t want their reportage to be associated with her.
In response, Maddow has been doing penance by repeatedly praising the New York Times on the air, and many people think that’s no coincidence.
FOX News reports:
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has a one-sided love affair with New York Times
MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” appears desperate to get back in the good graces of The New York Times, constantly touting its headlines and praising its reporters on the heels of her far-left show being shunned by the paper.
Maddow — and occasional fill-in hosts — have mentioned the New York Times at least a whopping 41 times on her show since May 30, when Vanity Fair reported that the paper wanted its reporters to stay far away from far-left and far-right programs. That included Maddow’s, because it was too liberal, even for the paper that is often considered left-leaning itself. The staggering 41 mentions over only 13 episodes does not include guests, who have also evoked the Times on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
Maddow’s obsession to make nice with the Gray Lady reached new heights on Monday night, when she mentioned the paper 18 times in one hour. While Maddow has promoted the paper at every turn, her boss, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, has reportedly been busy trying to rekindle the relationship himself.
Griffin spent a prolonged lunch with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet following the Vanity Fair bombshell, attempting to hash things out, to no avail. Times reporters have not yet returned to “Maddow.”
Poor Rachel. At least she can take comfort in the Democrats’ decision to allow her to moderate one of the debates.
Hot Air has more on this:
Rachel Maddow Mentioned The NY Times 41 Times Over 13 Shows
DePauw University professor Jeffrey McCall told Fox News, “Maddow likely wants to stay visible in front of the New York Times hierarchy in hopes they will at some point reverse course.” I think that was pretty much Lloyd Dobler’s motivation in Say Anything. Can you picture Maddow standing outside the Times’ building in New York holding a boom box over her head that is playing Peter Gabriel’s ‘In Your Eyes.’ There’s nothing quite as bittersweet as unrequited love.
I wonder if this attempt to win back the Times might have also played into NBC’s decision to give her a slot co-moderating the first Dem debate. Maybe if she can come off as thoughtful and not terribly partisan she’ll impress someone at the Times and all will be forgiven.
Ironically, Russia wasn’t Trump’s undoing.
It was Maddow’s.