Maddow: Our Show Decided to Cover Trump WH Like a ‘Silent Movie’ and Ignore the Tweets
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow gave an interview to TheWrap out today talking about taking a different approach to covering President Trump.
Maddow expressed that she’s basically done with covering “what they say” and focusing on what they do instead:
“We developed sort of an informal, internal mantra… which is that we basically cover them as if they are a silent movie. I stopped covering the Twitter feed…
“It is an unusual thing that the White House and its chief spokespeople have been called out saying stuff that’s not true over and over and over again,” she said. “It’s the petty stuff but it’s also important stuff that they’ve not told the truth about.”
She hosted Kellyanne Conway on her program back in December, but describes talking to her as conversing with “a pro-Trump political operative” as opposed to a White House official.
More generally, she says that when surrogates are caught lying, “we no longer go to that person for factual information.”
Maddow talked about this approach to her broadcast last month, and a bump in viewership in the Trump era recently gave Maddow her best ratings week since 2008.
She also weighed in on the state of the conservative media and how telling consumers “you can’t trust anybody else” has been “taken to a high art at Fox.”
You can read the full interview here.
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