Do you remember the song? Some of you will.
The song I’m referring to is “Cover of the Rolling Stone” by Dr. Hook. For decades, being featured on the cover meant you had “arrived” in the world of music.
But this week, the cover of the Rolling Stone belongs to MSNBC host and one of the intellectual stars of the progressive movement, Rachel Maddow.
As part of an interview she gave to Rolling Stone, Maddow talked about the fact that she’s currently dominating in the cable news ratings, drawing more viewers in the coveted 25-54 age bracket than any other show. And she noted that she doesn’t worry about how her show is received by either supporters or detractors:
“I don’t think much about how the news is received, or whether or not it is moving people. The news is the news, whether or not people are feeling it. The scandals of the Trump administration, I’d argue, are the most serious scandals that any president has ever faced, not even just since Nixon.”
There’s also been some criticism along the way, such as when Maddow hyped the unveiling of a couple of pages of President Trump’s 2005 tax returns. Again, Maddow doesn’t apologize for the way she treated the story:
“I felt like I did exactly what I wanted to do. You can’t really do any worthwhile work if you’re hoping for a specific response from people. This is what I do and some people like it and some people don’t, and some days you’re up and some days you’re down in terms of whether people think you’re a good person or a bad person.”
As for journalism itself, Maddow says it’s more important than ever:
“I am a cheerleader for the American media and I feel like the free press is going to be what saves us from the political crisis that we are in. We just need to keep doing what we’re doing … news doesn’t just happen – people need to appreciate that news comes from people digging it up and that journalism is a noble thing, and we’ve got to cheer for it when it succeeds.”
Keep doing what you do, Rachel. It’s working and we need more brave voices like yours.
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