Maddow, Set for MSNBC Debut, Aims to Avoid 'Homogenized'

Lefty has own ideas for mainstream medium
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2008 2:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rachel Maddow’s own show debuts at 9 EDT tonight on MSNBC, but the liberal pundit doesn’t sound so much excited as worried. TV has “homogenizing tendencies,” she tells the Boston Globe. “It’s like being put through a meat grinder.” But worried or not, the Air America host is making the leap, bringing another lefty to the brink of mainstream pundit stardom.

Maddow brings an unusual mix—the daughter of an Air Force officer, she came out as a lesbian as a teen, has been a Rhodes scholar, and is working on a book about military politics—to her show, and promises to hit topics off the beaten path as well as on. "Where's the left and right on that?" she says of troop levels in Afghanistan. "Let's hash it out."