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  •  I like Rachel (9+ / 0-)

    and watch her regularly.  But she does something that drive me nuts.  She frequently pushes a point way beyond where it needs to be pushed--six examples instead of two or three, saying something in six ways, going over the same material.  Then she brings on her guest, who says,  "Yeh, what you just said, that's my point."  She beats the guest to his point, and then they kind of go over it again, maybe in a bit more depth.  

    Other than that, she is great!

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    by Leftleaner on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 07:31:20 PM PDT

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    •  I agree (5+ / 0-)
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      It's almost like an OCD-type thing, her need to say things in threes, to repeat the same point three times, to be redundant twice over. See what I mean?

      She strikes me as suffering from a sort of insecurity where she seems to be afraid that people aren't paying attention to her or understand what she's saying, so she needs to be super-through to be heard and understood. It's really a tic and I too find it annoying. We get what you're saying Rachel. We're smart too. Don't linger, move on, keep the storyline flowing.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 09:25:12 PM PDT

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    •  This is what I like about Rachel . She's thorough (6+ / 0-)

      like a lawyer she builds a case.

      •  Necessary and effective (3+ / 0-)
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        Yes, we who have drunken the Kool-aid are annoyed by the repetition of what is obvious to us.  But her calm, patient, and pedantic discourse is what is slowly educating more and more people.  That is why she and other MSNBC shows are making inroads on Fox.

        And for the few times I've watched Bill O'Reilly's show without losing my lunch, I found interesting similarities in how he communicates with his audience.  The big difference is, Rachel tells the truth.  

        So, thanks to Rachel, the public has a better understanding of shadowy organizations like "C Street" and how what they do is dangerous to our Democracy and dangerous to the lives of people in countries like Uganda.  

        Thanks to Rachel's first hand reports, we understand how BP stonewalled the United States Government in their so called clean up of the Gulf of Mexico.

        Thanks to Rachel's methodical reporting, we understand the underlying players that led up to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

        And unlike most news reporters when she has made a factual error she raises her hand and owns up to it.  

        That is why I like Rachel.

        --Mr. President, you have to earn my vote every day. Not take it for granted. --

        by chipoliwog on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 07:35:17 AM PDT

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    •  radio technique maybe? the repetition (5+ / 0-)
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      JanL, elektra, dotdot, sidnora, luckylizard

      drives us crazy too, and how sometimes she'll go over something 3 times today and 2 times tomorrow!

      My husband thinks it may come from her having started in radio, where you KNOW that people are always dropping in and need orientation.

      this would also explain the re-caps she does when they get back from commercial breaks...

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 01:40:41 AM PDT

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      •  I agree, (2+ / 0-)
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        I think it comes from radio, not only constantly having to orient new listeners, but also (I hate to say this because otherwise I love her hugely) to fill airtime. Randi Rhodes also uses this technique (on the radio, obviously).

        One of these days I'm going to do a little survey, to see whether Rachel does it less on big news days. I bet she does.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 08:04:54 AM PDT

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