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  1. #1 Anon
    October 26, 2009

    Rachel’s pronunciation of “dachshund” ruins the near-rhyme!

  2. #2 Rob Jase
    October 26, 2009

    (sound of snorted tea)

    dachshund!

  3. #3 Oran Kelley
    October 26, 2009

    Is it just me or does Maddow do a completely terrible job of channeling John Stewart?

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    October 26, 2009

    Oran, Maddow does a wonderful job at being herself.

    As for the pronunciation of the dog, I assume that is a local dialect thing …

  5. #5 Oran Kelley
    October 26, 2009

    Oran, Maddow does a wonderful job at being herself.

    No, there’s something pretty contrived about the presentation here–contrived in a specifically Stewartian way that really rings false with her.

    It seems obvious to me that she doesn’t see the kind of humor that Stewart sees and she ends up seeming kind of smug as she assumes this attitude of a satiric co-participant but utterly fails to add one iota to the humor of the video itself.

    (Which, BTW, really isn’t all that funny. Done with brio? Yes. Funny?)

    She really ought to just let the people who do this sort of thing just do it. And laugh if she thinks it’s funny. She isn’t John Stewart and really ought to stop trying to be.

  6. #6 Elizabeth
    October 26, 2009

    Oran, I think you have other issues you need to work out. Rachel is brilliant. Maybe she is just not your type.

  7. #7 Oran Kelley
    October 26, 2009

    If not worshiping at the Church of Maddow is an issue to be worked out then, yes, I’ve got work ahead of me.

    I like her–I liked her on the radio, and I like her most of the time on TV (admittedly I haven’t seen her all that much–I don’t have a TV, either), but she’s really got to find her own comedic shtick if she’s going to work that vein.

  8. #8 Elizabeth
    October 26, 2009

    Or other people have to stop copying her.

  9. #9 peter
    October 26, 2009

    why do Americans have to mutilate a perfectly good German name like dachs hund, pronounced :”ducks hoond” = badger dog,
    or “dackel” for short, pronounced “duckl”.

    If you guys can’t pronounce the name properly – invent your own for the breed.

  10. #10 Diane G.
    October 26, 2009

    OK, I’ll dodge the brickbats & agree with Oran that that was my first (and continuing) impression of Maddow as well. (And listening to this clip, I found her voice a bit reminiscent of Diane Sawyer’s. Aaack.) But then I’m really not much for vids; & greatly prefer the most subtle,understated irony over sit-com like breaks for applause lines..

    But since most of America disagrees with me, Rachel seems to be doing a great job in the manner most popular. Not to mention the Billionaires for Healthcare! Been following them since the Bush administration (when they were for tax breaks, etc.). Considering the “showmen” on the right, I guess one has to fight fire with fire. (Not to mention facts, science, and other little details.)

  11. #11 skeptifem
    October 26, 2009

    A quick trip to Maddow’s youtube videos will reveal the source of the opposition to her. Its extremely difficult to find a video of hers that does not contain the words “dyke”, “bitch”, or “cunt” multiple times in the comments. A lesbian who doesn’t serve to titillate dudes causes a surprisingly strong negative reaction within dude nation.

  12. #12 Greg Laden
    October 26, 2009

    Thanks, Skeptifem. This is the sense I had but I had not looked at that source. I think this probably occurs at several levels, not all as profane and as blatantly stupid as the remarks on uTube.

  13. #13 Jason Thibeault
    October 26, 2009

    Yeah, Oran, it’s pretty obvious you haven’t watched much of her. This is her. It’s not her imitating Jon Stewart or anyone else — it’s just her. She’s like that, all the time. If that’s not your cup of tea, then whatever — don’t watch, don’t “worship at her church”.

  14. #14 Kate
    October 26, 2009

    And she’s been just like this since way before Jon Stewart was generally known of.

  15. #15 marilove
    October 27, 2009

    Because she’s on TV, makes political commentary, and sometimes uses humor to make that commentary, she must be trying to emulate Jon Stewart, right? *eye roll*

    I’m with skeptifem on this one.

  16. #16 Oran Kelley
    November 1, 2009

    And she’s been just like this since way before Jon Stewart was generally known of.

    Stewart’s Daily Show debut: 1999. And Maddow’s Air America producer came from . . . the Daily Show! Think of that!

    Just because Maddow is a lesbian, doesn’t mean she is a faultless paragon in every other aspect of her life and career, and the implication that she’s a lesbian and therefore immune from all criticism is demeaning to her, frankly.

    She’s a broadcasting professional and as such she looks at other practitioners in the field (even before they are terrifically famous) and borrows & adapts where appropriate. Everyone does it, sorry to harsh your idol worship buzz.

    What I’m saying is this doesn’t work as well enough for her, and she’d do better NOT to do the snarky Stewartian cut-ins and the sardonic gaze into the camera bit.

    And the REASON I make the suggestion is a like her and I think she can be a fair deal better and a lot bigger than she already is.

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