Thank you for the list of videos that you presented for my consideration. I haven't gotten through them all yet, but I have gotten through several:
This video presents as two separate reels. One is a version specifically edited to show Ms. Maddow and Mr. Phillips butting heads. The other proports to be the complete video but in fact is not. There are evident pieces edited out where Ms. Maddow begins to tell Mr. Phillips that she has in fact tackled some of the issues internal to the Democratic party that he has just told he that she hasn't. The film at that point stops and continues where Ms. Maddow is thanking Mr. Phillips for his appearance.
The only insults that I can see are where Ms Maddow tells Mr. Phillips that his presentation of his organization as a grass roots organization is somewhat confused by the fact that it is staffed by political professionals from the RNC, and that the speaker they feature, the former governor of Virginia, who now works as a professional lobbyist, refuses to state whether he has any health care organizations on his client list. She also confronts Mr. Phillips about his refusal to say where his funding comes from — presumably a grassroots organization would have grassroots funding, while a party front organization would have funding coming from sources within the party and from large party donors.
Should you wish to respond to the sort of insult this sort of thing involves, I'd be interested in hearing. To me it sounded like unwavering questioning and skillful examination. The "unedited" version was one I found particularly interesting.
I also saw the video you described as,
"# Rachel Maddow Goes After WorldNetDaily For Post About An Obama Impeachment."
This seemed to me to be an interesting set of speculations about 1) WorldNetDaily and how the RNC was apparently taking a lively interest in this organization. I don't think this was the reason for your upset, however, though I might sympathize if it were. Ms. Maddow has a discussion with a Princeton Professor about the nature of the battle for control for the political narrative in this country. To me, this sort of discussion is lively, important and interesting. It ties in with some of the current developments in Psychotherapy, psychology, family therapy, social work, sociology and political science having to do with narrative frames. Some of the work goes back to what was called at the time, The Palo Alto Group. One of the members wrote a pretty accessible book that covers some of the basic theory in an interesting way. The author is Jay Haley, the book is The Power Tactics of Jesus Christ.
I also watched,
"# Rachel Maddow Goes After Blackwater Trying To Distract From The Large Scale Fraud Of ACORN."
Actually, Ms. Maddow characterizes ACORN as a fairly flawed organization. She points out how the law that the two houses of congress passed creates a good deal of trouble, and why. She is in fact correct about the material she brings up. It does not distract from ACORN and whatever problems that it may or may not have, especially, I think, with finances. It does point out how this particular attempt to bring ACORN to heel will have unintended consequences that may not be so popular a little bit down the line.
You will be aware of that; having of course seen these videos already, you will be aware that they show Ms. Maddow as a thoughtful and well centered woman who acknowledges the flaws in her allies and the virtues in the opponents. What puzzles me is why you might have thought these videos would have shown shortcomings in Ms. Maddow to anybody who actually watched them from beginning to end with an open mind. They certainly confirmed my personal admiration for the woman.
I hope to have a chance to see the other videos over the next day or two. Thank you for bringing them to my attention.
Sincerely, Bob Kaven