Have you noticed that Rachel Maddow, the newly en-scheduled MSNBC Cable News Show host, has a lot of interesting and rather endearing mannerisms of speech and presentation? Of course you have. But have you also noticed that Rachel also has a large and growing influence on the manersisms of others on both radio and TV? She is a trend setter in this regard.
There is a woman who has a radio talk show on Air America (as does Maddow) who has stolen all of Maddow’s mannerisms. If you tune her in, you’ll think it is Rachel Maddow. Lately I’ve begun to notice TV anchors and presenters emulating some of Maddow’s style. Keith Olberman did it first, I think. I’ve seen a couple of minor reporters do it.
Today, when I saw David Shuster deliver a line in a pure Rachel Maddow style, I knew the phenomenon was for real.
I predict that in the near future we will see Bill O’Reilly doing the Maddow. (Well, maybe not.)