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Rachel Maddow on the Presidential Election, Media Coverage and More

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By Sharon Oliver

When MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow speaks, millions of viewers listen. The host of the show bearing her name, has a base of devoted fans who not only appreciate her nightly newscast coverage of hot political topics, but millions also tune in to see what archival footage she will retrieve tying in parallels and historical comparisons with today’s events.

She’s plainspoken and refuses to bow down to certain things, including repeating tweets of Donald Trump’s or allowing guests on her show who are known to spin facts. Variety recently conducted a phone interview with Rachel Maddow to get her views on the presidential election.

Can Trump Be Re-Elected?

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When asked if she felt Donald Trump could be re-elected, Maddow pointed out that from a political science perspective, most presidents tend to get re-elected more often than they don’t. And whether or not a president is truly responsible for a humming economy, they also tend to benefit from such by getting re-elected.

She also stated it would be foolish to be too confident about making predictions on what will happen in November, especially when no one knows who the Democrat nominee will be or what kind of campaign they will run.

The Challenges Faced with Coverage Under Media Attacks

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As far as covering a president who constantly attacks a press that’s not in line with always speaking favorable of him, Maddow claims her work is sort of the same and does not depend on whether the country is having a good day or not. She says her goal is to increase the amount of useful information in the world.

Maddow does admit that some days feel more fraught than others because of the peril this presidency has placed on the country, but day-to-day work continues.

On Personal Safety

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Over the past 3 and ½ years, journalists, especially those viewed as being liberal, have been the target of attacks for doing their jobs. Variety asked the 46-year-old if she ever felt her personal safety was at risk. Maddow responded with “not in a newsworthy way.” She added that journalists are used to it to a certain degree. But when the President of the United States singles out individuals and slyly call for his supporters to wage a kind of war on them, then that’s an attack on all journalism and on all of them.

Rachel Maddow said she didn’t feel she was in any worse position than anyone else, but the environment Trump created makes journalism feel like a threatening profession to be in.

‘The Rachel Maddow Show’

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Maddow’s show launched in 2008 to mediocre ratings, but since the Trump presidency she has become somewhat of a media darling for deep reporting on matters regarding the Trump administration whereas other anchors never touch a variety of topics or lesser known news.

For instance, in 2018 Maddow showed video footage of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s aircraft being spotted in the same airports as Trump’s airplane at the same time, whatever city Trump was in.

More so than any other anchors, including those on CNN who Trump has berated often, Maddow has revealed questionable shenanigans, yet the president rarely targets her with nasty tweets.

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