By Terry Ballard from Merrick, New York, USA - Book, CC BY 2.0,

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow showered Fox News star Tucker Carlson with some unexpected praise during a recent Vanity Fair article.

As Variety reports:

Rachel Maddow’s political beliefs stand in direct contrast to her longtime Fox News rival Tucker Carlson, but the MSNBC stalwart refused to outright bash her competitor in a recent Vanity Fair profile. After all, it was Carlson who first gave Maddow a paid TV position when she worked on his MSNBC series “Tucker” nearly 17 years ago.

“Tucker’s doing great right now,” Maddow said. “But look at Tucker’s career. The first show I worked on was his 11 o’clock show on MSNBC that nobody remembers. But he was always kicking around the business and has always been talented. It just — this turned out to be his moment.”

Asked to weigh in on a recent Times’ investigation that reported on how Carlson “weaponizes his viewers’ fears and grievances to create what may be the most racist show in the history of cable news,” Maddow responded, “For me, more than the issue of, you know, how dangerous are Tucker’s ideas, and how do they interact with the growth of the authoritarian right in the Republican Party, more so than that question, which is obviously what the central thrust of the reporting was about, I was interested in how they deconstructed why it works.”

“If you think about baseball players, who are extremely competitive and who are fighting to win and who have rivalries, and some of those rivalries are bitter rivalries, that doesn’t mean you don’t study the pitching technique of their star pitcher,” Maddow added about why she doesn’t reject her Fox News rivals. “It doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate whatever they’re doing in terms of, you know, where they put their shortstop in order to give them a better defense. There’s a sort of, like, respecting the game, in terms of people who are doing well and people who are good at it.”

Maddow remains one of the highest ratings draws for the notoriously liberal network.


  1. Pure, biased and slanderous opinion on Carlson. People follow Carlson’s nightly program and its spinoffs because they get to see many different guests present logically rational views and commentary about everything affecting or potentially affecting their lives and the lives of those they care about, and the welfare of this country. To say Carlson preys on his viewers emotions to whip them into racist frenzy is unmitigatedly slanderous and libelous. His guests are a cross section of every American race and culture and, yes, they mostly come from the center right of American political philosophy, meaning they tend to support constitutional law, societal order, individual freedom and national sovereignty in opposition to the ever-increasing size and powers of the federal government bureaucracy. He’s not always right, and he apologizes for and corrects his errors, but his investigative reporting is arguably more akin to the former likes of Edward R. Morrow and Walter Cronkite than any other American Journalist today… Now, that’s one person’s opinion, the proof of which is in Carlson’s nightly programs. If you don’t watch, listen and interpret for yourself, you really are just spouting others’ biased and slanderous opinions.

  2. Very fair of Rachel. I can respect her for this observation. Even if it’s payoff for what Tucker did for her to help her start her career in TV.

  3. “weaponizes his viewers’ fears and grievances to create what may be the most racist show in the history of cable news,” Is exactly what the commie democrat pedophile racist cult party propaganda media does period.

  4. What a POS. She needs to go the way of that other fool from “Full Frontal”. Talk about propaganda and hypocrisy!

  5. His ratings are his viewers’ endorsement of what they think of what says on a nightly basis. You can disagree with that if you want, but as they say, “The proof is in the pudding” and that’s why he has the highest rated show on cable. If, we the viewers didn’t think so, then his ratings would say as much. Rachel is just endorsing what we already know.

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