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as television journalist RACHEL MADDOW transitions away from CABLE NEWS and into more DELIBERATIVE vehicles like BOOKS, DOCUMENTARIES and PODCASTS, she has come to be an arbiter of NUANCED research and an EFFECTIVE presenter of CORROBORATED FACTUAL INFORMATION in an age of HYPE, MEDIOCRITY, and MISINFORMATION. it is almost like her and her small team of producers are attempting to become PBS in terms of attention to DETAIL.
such is the case with her recent RACHEL MADDOW PRESENTS: DÉJÀ NEWS PODCAST (MSNBC, 2023) that connects HISTORICAL ANALOGUES to the modern-day tactics and conscious AGGRESSION of the AMERICAN RIGHT and the CREEPING and ever DEVOLVING FASCISTIC leanings of the GLOBAL CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT. its definitely a COGNITIVE BIAS (and probably a bit narcissistic as well) that people feel like today's PROBLEMS are specific to us and our CURRENT historic moment. what this PODCAST conveys is how we can look to the past to see the thinking behind reactions and strategies to OPPRESSIVE measures by REGRESSIVE governments and political parties in order to inform our decisions in the current political atmosphere. for me personally, i find it OVERWHELMING and DEPRESSING to watch the NEWS, mostly because it feels beyond the influence of the population. i lived through the IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN wars, even saw some of its cost upfront during my time growing up in KUWAIT, and can palpably remember how the whole affair felt like a predetermined forgone conclusion and the HELPLESSNESS that instilled in me. with DÉJÀ NEWS it feels EMPOWERING to the individual because there are concrete steps communities employed to combat events like REVERSE FREEOM RIDES in the 1960s, or the eradication of ABORTION RIGHTS in MODERN POLAND or the lack of political (and frankly military) will from NATO to confront RUSSIA head on with its AGGRESSION in UKRAINE. REGULAR people making a difference in the face of major human events.
again i found it all incredibly EMPOWERING. and i definitely encourage everyone to check it out.