Monday, November 3, 2008

Maddow-mania Continues

From New York, another article for my geeky sister to add to her collection of Rachel Maddow press clippings. My favorite quote comes from Rachel's partner, photographer Susan Mikula:

They’re both nonchalant about the fact that Maddow is the first openly gay woman to host a prime-time news show.

“We kind of forget we’re gay,” says Mikula. “We live in western Mass and New York and it’s very accommodating. Every once and a while I’ll say, ‘Oh my God, we’re gay.’ ”

“I’ve been out most of my life,” says Maddow. “I don’t feel like I have a choice about it. I look gay.”

I have moments like that myself sometimes, and every time it happens I'm kind of surprised for a minute, and then I'm surprised at my surprise. And then I think to myself, "What the fuck is wrong with you? This isn't exactly a breaking news bulletin." It's not like I ever stop what I'm doing to say, "Holy crap, I'm Jewish!" or "Jesus Christ, I'm a liberal!" It's only the gay thing that ever slips my mind.

There's also a lot of Keith Olbermann-y goodness, for those of you who like such things, plus the obligatory rundown of MSNBC behind-the-scenes grudgefest gossip that accompanies articles about so much of its (and CNBC's) programming. Personally, I'm a little sick of all that "So then Dan was like, Excuse me?! and Keith was like, Oh no he di'n't" business. It makes the guys at MSNBC sound like "Desperate Housewives" characters.

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