In Profile: Maddow, Huntsman, Brzezinski

By Brian Flood 

Rachel Maddow recently spoke with Variety as part of its marriage equality special issue. She discusses marriage equality and being a gay anchor in prime time.

Friday’s ruling is about marriage, which is an important aspect of equal rights. But the fact remains that in many places, you can still get fired or evicted if your boss or landlord knows you’re gay — or even thinks you’re gay. Basic discrimination issues can have a material impact on the lives of many gay people; a lot of those fights will remain. There’s been a self-congratulatory, easy narrative — how gay rights have won, the issue is settled, the battle is over. The progress is true about the country as a whole. But we have a 50-50 divided political system, and one party is rabidly anti-gay, like it’s 1985.

The Cycle co-host Abby Huntsman was featured in The Hill about her celebrity crush, most embarrassing moment (she ran for class president but got one vote—herself) and her favorite food.

I love cheese. Put a cheese plate in front of me, I’m the happiest person in the world. Also, chocolate. I think cheese and chocolate are my favorites, but I try to be, I’m a pretty healthy eater.  I cannot touch mayonnaise — everything about it. My dad doesn’t eat mayonnaise, so I think I grew up having no mayonnaise in the fridge.

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski was featured in the July/August issue of Fast Company and talked about getting fired from CBS back in 2006.

Awkward moments are often rich with truth. Usually in an awkward moment, when you find people incapable of or afraid to go there, that’s exactly where—as a journalist or analyst or lawyer—you should go. Moments that make you sweat and feel completely vulnerable and almost unhinged with fear, those are the moments you can carry with you and be 10 times stronger in the future.

Brzezinski is also featured in the July issue of Glamour, in which she also discusses her firing during a revealing Q&A with Cindi Leive.

For anyone who loses a job, it is personal. Having said that, you can’t walk into interviews wearing that firing across your face and in your posture, and I did. My way of reinvention was to start at the bottom again. I begged for a job at MSNBC doing news cut-ins, which was a huge departure from being a top CBS correspondent. Then Morning Joe came out of the blue because I was in the right place at the right time.