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Rachel Maddow’s obsessive devotion to the facts: somewhat less than obsessive or devoted

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Remember this? You probably don’t, but I really enjoy it:

This ad tells us two things about Rachel Maddow:

  1. She owns a thesaurus.
  2. She does not watch her own show.

Sometimes, the reason no one else is talking about a story is because the story didn’t happen. Spreading papers on the floor with a pen in your mouth is all well and good, but apparently that’s where Maddow’s fact-checking process begins and ends. Take it away, Atlantic Wire:

The Internet’s finest satirists hooked a big fish in the media world last night. In an embarrassing segment on her MSNBC show, Rachel Maddow slammed conservatives for attacking President Obama’s Egypt policies. Her targets included Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former ambassador to the UN John Bolton and Stephenson Billings at ChristWire.org. Only problem is Stephenson Billings is not a real person. He’s a fictional byproduct of a website that also warns readers that the Xbox Kinect is a terrorist training tool and the Japanese have created scary robot babies which “threaten humanity.”

The article that caught Maddow’s eye called for an “American-led invasion” into Egypt and begged former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to lead the war cry…

In the following clip (which MSNBC scrubbed from its website) Maddow falls for the article hook, line and sinker:

MSNBC pitched this clip down the memory hole, but Maddow did acknowledge her latest journalistic triumph on Twitter:

The bad news about a free and open internet? Sometimes you get had by brilliant satirists. Christwire: 1 TRMS: 0

…or even mediocre satirists who confirm your prejudices. Apparently Maddow thinks “rigor” means “lazy, fact-free sneering.”

Couldn’t ya just listen to that voice all day, though? Instead of me, I mean. Please?