"The Rachel Maddow Show" premiered on MSNBC this past Monday, marking a watershed moment for the cable news network - Maddow is the first ever openly openly gay woman to host her own primetime news program. The show promises to offer its viewers "a smart look at politics, pop culture and all the day’s top stories."
Reviews of Maddow's show have been positive overall, with TVSquad complimenting Maddow’s interviewing style and guest choices. Ratings for the show were solid. According to TVNewser, "[t]he premiere of Maddow's show finished in 2nd place in cable news at 9pm ET, beating CNN's Larry King Live in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo (behind FNC's Hannity & Colmes)."
However, Tim Graham of the anti-gay Media Research Center made an insulting jab at Maddow while being interviewed on the September 9 edition of Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends. Speaking about the “damage done” to MSNBC by having Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews host the channel's election coverage, Graham said:
"Not only is the damage already done, the damage continues. I mean, not only are they keeping these people on for an hour a night, they're adding this lesbian Air America radio host, Rachel Maddow, on every night. So, I mean, they're really entrenching and solidifying a left-wing agenda on this network, not just, you know, pulling something back."
Fox News Radio host John Gibson also mocked Maddow earlier this year. Gibson played an audio clip of Maddow discussing politics on MSNBC and instead of debating or refuting her points, he aired a clip of someone saying, “Oh, lesbians! Yummy!” Gibson's behavior earned him a spot on GLAAD’s "Best & Worst of National News" in May.
As media coversations about Maddow and her show continue, we will be keeping a close eye on these and other talk show hosts and commentators.