Maddow’s Pro-Fani Electioneering, Disguised As A ‘Sermon’ on Democracy

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow indulged her desire to electioneer for Democrats, disguising it as an impassioned defense of Democracy™ and rule of law. The beneficiary of this electioneering was none other than Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

This sample, from the end of Maddow’s indulgent pre-interview screed pretty much sums up the entire venture:

RACHEL MADDOW: And in the, you know, noble, alternate version of this history that we’d like to imagine we would be part of, the whole country would be up in arms about Georgia and about new York and about all of these cases, telling these people to back off the judges, back off the witnesses and the jurors. Back off the prosecutors. Back off Fani Willis. Protect these cases. Protect the rule of law. We imagine that’s who we are as a country, but we are not showing it. We are not standing up to defend these people. At least not yet.

The underlying idea behind this monologue is that it is un-American to question the weaponization of government against the president’s chief political opponent. This is a far cry from the anti-war left of the early 2000’s, which asserted time and again that dissent was the greatest democratic virtue. That virtue has devolved to unquestioning obedience.

The interview itself offered little more than a platform for Willis to air her grievances. Maddow offered superficial questions such as: 

  • What has life been like over the past year?
  • What is it like to be a national lightning rod?
  • Have you (Willis) changed?
  • Is former Governor Roy Barnes representing you against the oversight commission?

One question missing from this softball session: whether Willis regretted hiring her lover, and the ethical entanglements that emerged subsequent to this decision. Maddow preempted that by musing that people fall in love in the workplace. And when you think about it, what is an ethics scandal when DEMOCRACY ITSELF IS ON THE LINE?!11!!11!?

The motive for this interview, far from any defense of Fani Willis or the legal system or Democracy™ and rule of law, becomes clear on X, several minutes before Willis comes on the air:

The interview served little purpose other than to provide Willis a platform from which to electioneer ahead of the Georgia primary election, wherein she faces a challenger- an in-kind political contribution disguised as an interview.

This is Regime Journalism at its worst.

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