The folks over at Brave New Films (who put out just fantastic stuff!) sent me a mail today asking if I was planning anything to thank all the folks who signed the Maddow Movement petition. Unbeknownst to me they had posted the petition on their site back when we were pushing it Being a complete boor and social misfit,…….I wasn’t! But thanks to their gentle kick in the posterior….I am! Though I would love to take credit for Rachel getting her own show and Keith did go out of his way (ha!) to thank me personally (ha! The Sequel!) in his announcement diary over at Daily Kos…..
5) Yes, you had something to do with it.
(What, KO, no crosspost??!!??)
…… the lion’s share of the credit (duh!) goes to Rachel herself for kicking serious bee-hind on the tee-vee. And then to the over 1400 people who signed the petition and all the others, on the Net and off, who Yelled Loudly enough to get some attention on this. Then to Keith for ‘sponsoring’ her…and finally to the suits over at NBC for finally realizing what a gem they had on their hands and giving her the show. If there were credits scrolling, I would be under the gaffers and grips.
The main thing of course, is that we ALL win here by getting another sharp, witty, cogent, LEFT WING voice on cable news…and who knows maybe even one day the Mother Ship of NBC itself! As it says in the petition:
As you well know the nation is fed up with the Conservative and Republican way of doing things and is ready for change. 80% of people polled say we are on the wrong track. For the last ten years the track we have been following has been the Conservative track. George Bush and Fox News have succeeded in setting the national media conversation and framing. Now a change is occurring. News consumers are fed up with the with the Conservative spin that has dominated the news. Since your network has rejected this and started broadcasting the incredibly popular Keith Olbermann to provide a counterpoint, you have no doubt noticed his success….and the increased viewership and profitably of your network!
We petition you to continue this trend by promoting Rachel Maddow to her own show.
As the nation changes, so must the media…and you can lead that change by promoting Rachel Maddow and putting the second objective, Progressive voice on the air in her own time slot with her own (increased) editorial control. Thus providing our nation with more real, balanced coverage of the news…and, due to Rachel’s unique and insightful voice and her many fans and admirers, practically guaranteeing a ratings winner!
So thank you all, petitioneers…and you may go to your beds tonight and sleep the sleep of the just….the just plain fantastic!
What should we petition for next???