In promoting her biography, Rachel Maddow, her author and her publisher are not only hyping her status among the cable news personalities – they are outrageously lying.
Here is the Amazon promo for her biography (emphasis added).
The first biography of the most popular anchor in cable news.
Rachel Maddow has beaten the odds in a way that’s novel in today’s America: She uses her brain.
In a world of banal and opinionated soundbites, she regularly crushes Sean Hannity’s ratings thanks to her deeply researched reports. And in our highly polarized world, Maddow amiably engages the staunchest conservatives, while never hesitating to expose their light-on-facts defenses.
As a result, she’s become the top anchor for MSNBC and a beloved representative for all that progressive America holds dear. The news that Maddow was the first publicly-out lesbian to anchor a prime-time TV news show seemed almost anticlimactic to her millions of viewers, who will be surprised and intrigued by little-known details of her life, as written by New York Times best-selling biographer Lisa Rogak.
While the promo states that Maddow never hesitates “to expose (conservatives) light-on-facts defenses,” she is selling her book with total disinformation. Maddow is NOT “the most popular anchor in cable news.” No. No. No. Maddow does NOT “regularly crush Sean Hannity’s ratings.” No. No. No.
Here is the official cable news rating report.
“The Five” finished October as the most-watched cable news program, averaging 3.1 million viewers. It was the first time that Fox News’ signature roundtable program finished a month with the largest audience in cable news, an accomplishment that is even more significant when considering it airs at 5 p.m. ET and is competing with primetime programing that historically draws larger audiences.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 3.1 million to finish second, while “Hannity” averaged 2.7 million to finish third. “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “The Ingraham Angle” rounded out the top five as Fox News offerings made up 13 of the 15 most-watched programs on cable news.
MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” settled for sixth place, finishing as the most-watched program that isn’t on Fox News.
Among the highly coveted “25 to 54 year olds” demographic, Maddow fell to twelfth place.
Amazon should be more sensitive to such outright fraudulent claims by folks abusing their platform. What Maddow is claiming is an easily outright provable lie. And her accomplice is the author who undoubtedly knows her book is being sold on lies.
One could also challenge the truth of her claim that Maddow’s success(?) is due to her “deeply researched reports.” She has often been challenged on the accuracy of her strident opinions and the dubious “facts” she uses to support them.
Which brings up another fib. The promo claims that Maddow “amiably engages the staunchest conservatives.” In reality, Maddow is one of the most strident, acerbic and harshly opinionated anchors when it comes to all things Republican or conservative. In fact, she rarely engages with conservatives at all.
Unfortunately, the promo is typical of Maddow’s devotion to lies and false narratives.
So, there ‘tis.