Report: Rachel Maddow Thinks Obama Avoids MSNBC Because He’ll Get Asked Tough Questions
If the New Republic's Rebecca Dana is correct, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is more deluded than anyone thought.
In her lengthy piece about MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Dana claimed Maddow believes the reason President Obama hasn't given the cable network an interview since 2008 is because "his people know he’s going to get asked difficult questions":
Many of MSNBC’s hosts are also more liberal than the White House is, particularly on issues like drone warfare, indefinite detention, and relief for the financial sector. And Maddow argues that Obama avoids the network (he hasn’t agreed to an interview since 2008) in part because his people know he’s going to get asked difficult questions. “What MSNBC has done is help create something of a North Star for a lot of progressive opinion to follow,” says Erik Smith, a senior media adviser to both Obama campaigns. “But as quickly as they’re with you, they can be on the left of you. It’s not like it’s a booster club on the air.” Axelrod noted the network’s lack of support after Obama’s poor first debate performance. “I wasn’t terribly happy about it,” he says of the MSNBC backlash, “but there’s no doubt they were opinion leaders.”
Can you imagine any of Obama's biggest cheerleaders in the media - Maddow, Martin Bashir, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Lawrence O'Donnell - asking Obama a single tough question?
The reality is Obama has no reason going on MSNBC.
His shills there are already reading his talking points verbatim 24 hours a day 7 days a week.