Maddow: “We Don’t Debate The Ratings Very Much”

By SteveK Comment

maddow_4-22.jpgMSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is back in the news today on several fronts.

The LA Times picks up on a story first reported on TVNewser about Maddow’s ratings drop. The “breakout star on cable” has seen her “numbers cool,” writes Yvonne Villarreal.

Maddow says she’s not concerned how the new administration may affect ratings. “My job of asking questions and being critical doesn’t stop depending on who is in the White House,” she says. “My main concern is keeping the quality of the show high. We don’t debate the ratings very much.”

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik gives his take on the LAT story: “I am just as troubled by Maddow’s brand of ideologically driven partisan propaganda as I am by that of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity on Fox,” he writes.

Maddow also spoke with Rick Bentley for McClatchy Newspapers about the style of her show: “I certainly have give-and-take with my guests,” she says. “But it’s going to be one-on-one. It’s going to be civil. I’m not going to tell anybody to shut up unless they say something about my mom or something else that I can’t control myself about.”