Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rachel Maddow gets her own MSNBC show

Openly lesbian media presenters such as Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel Maddow, are really making headway in America. However, it seems that having an openly gay man in a similar media role in near impossible. In fact, I can't think of anyone. Anderson Cooper? Nope, he's not publicly out. My mind is drawing a blank. Can you think of an openly gay man in a similar media role?

Washington Post reports:
Rachel Maddow, who lives with her girlfriend Susan Mikula in Manhattan and Northampton, Mass., may also be the first openly gay woman to host a prime-time program. Her appointment is certain to draw criticism that MSNBC is moving further left in an attempt to compete with Fox News from the opposite side of the spectrum. John McCain's campaign has repeatedly assailed the network's campaign coverage as biased.

Maddow, who leavens her barbs with humor, is something of a heroine on the left. New York Magazine recently ran an item headlined "Why We're Gay for Rachel Maddow," and a Nation article said: "Maddow didn't get here by bluster and bravado but with a combination of crisp thinking and galumphing good cheer. Remarkably, this season's discovery isn't a glossy matinee idol or a smooth-talking partisan hack but a PhD Rhodes scholar lesbian policy wonk who started as a prison AIDS activist." READ MORE