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Someone at the Rachel Maddow Show reads Metafilter.

* Speaking for the skin and the bone
By Will Femia
- Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:16 PM EST

I've been listening and reading through the links on this Metafilter post about old union songs and it's pretty amazing to see the open embrace of words that have been made toxic in today's political discourse.
So congratulations to Hippybear for an awesome post that got mentioned on the Maddow Blog!
posted by mephron to MetaFilter-Related at 7:08 PM (60 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

Cool!
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:33 PM on February 25, 2011


Maybe a year ago I mefimailed Jessamyn asking her if Rachel is one of us, not having realized how inappropriate the question was. But she wisely ignored my query. How could Rachel Maddow not read metafilter?
posted by Hobgoblin at 7:38 PM on February 25, 2011 [5 favorites]


Hey Rachel, Politifact was pretty much right.


Carry on.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 7:55 PM on February 25, 2011


Awesome.
posted by cashman at 8:15 PM on February 25, 2011


That's... really cool. Hi Rachel! It'd be amazing if she ever started contributing to political discussions on Mefi (assuming she doesn't, already... hmm!). Of course she already has a platform to share her thoughts, but one can hope.
posted by empyrean at 8:18 PM on February 25, 2011


Maybe a year ago I mefimailed Jessamyn asking her if Rachel is one of us not having realized how inappropriate the question was. But she wisely ignored my query.

I have no record of receiving this missive from you. I never ignore queries!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:27 PM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Please, I don't think we call them that anymore.
posted by found missing at 8:32 PM on February 25, 2011 [15 favorites]


Yo Rachel, if you're reading this: you are directly responsible for the most awkward voicemail my mother has ever left. So you're either on my Enemies List or you're a Fucking Hero, I ain't decided which.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:08 PM on February 25, 2011 [112 favorites]


I still call them missives. Is it considered more correct to call them msives now?
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:21 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh thanks, now I'm recalling the same particularly awkward conversation with my parents. Luckily, I don't have audio for mine.
posted by mollymayhem at 9:27 PM on February 25, 2011


Greg, can we like swap Moms for a week? I think it would be hilarious and informative.
posted by The Whelk at 9:55 PM on February 25, 2011


I think the preferred nomenclature is dispatch or communiqué and should, if possible, involve a wax seal and a sense of the clandestine.
posted by empyrean at 10:24 PM on February 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Pressed into the max, the privlege, the private law of the filters, it goes off, deep into the woods.
posted by The Whelk at 10:38 PM on February 25, 2011


I dunno, I was thinking synonyms and epistle… anyway, here's Donovan.
posted by klangklangston at 11:35 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


ke mun sha-sha it ke mon and sha itk
posted by clavdivs at 11:36 PM on February 25, 2011


Greg Nog: I'm a little lot of bit drunk right now. You made me almost pee myself.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 11:55 PM on February 25, 2011


E. Lec. Tric al banana.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:56 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


it's pretty amazing to see the open embrace of words that have been made toxic in today's political discourse.

Same toxicity, different pH.
posted by three blind mice at 1:21 AM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Maybe a year ago I mefimailed Jessamyn asking her if Rachel is one of us, not having realized how inappropriate the question was.

How is that inappropriate?
posted by gjc at 5:05 AM on February 26, 2011


There are no inappropriate questions, only inappropriate answers. (With the possible exception if Greg Nog's mom's question above.)
posted by TedW at 5:10 AM on February 26, 2011


By Will Femia

Note: NOT Rachel Maddow, one of her staffers. Not to say she might not be lurking here, too, but maybe a bit premature on the "gooble gobble one of us" chant.
posted by briank at 6:07 AM on February 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yo Rachel, if you're reading this: you are directly responsible for the most awkward voicemail my mother has ever left.

Give me your mom's number. I'll tell her what Teabagging is. She can't disinvite me from Christmas.
posted by ColdChef at 6:37 AM on February 26, 2011 [8 favorites]


Cool! Anything that helps the public learn more about the (now largely suppressed and/or ignored) history of the American labor movement and how it helped create the conditions necessary for the emergence of the American middle class is good in my book. The fact that MeFi is playing some role in keeping the knowledge of that history alive is gravy.
posted by saulgoodman at 8:15 AM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Aren't we all, in some way, Rachel Maddow?
posted by The Whelk at 9:13 AM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


How is that inappropriate?

Well, it's not How Dare You inappropriate or anything, but "please tell me if person x who, if they have an account, may not want to have it known that they have an account, has an account" is pretty much a non-starter of a question. Puts us in a slightly weird position at best.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:20 AM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


So just out of curiosity: if I asked you whether, say, Stephen Fry was a Mefite, and you happen to know he is, but aren't sure whether he would like to be revealed as such, how would you respond to my missive?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:44 AM on February 26, 2011


This is one of those things where it would depend on who was asking, our relationship with them, the likelihood that they'd tell other people, etc. For the most part if we thought someone was trying to keep it a secret, we wouldn't tell. If someone had a pretty good idea and wanted to confirm it [we have a few celeb MeFites who you could figure out of you followed them on other social media, for example] or wanted to know if the person was pretending to be that person, we'd probably confirm.

I can't remember what the thing was that I was watching, where people were talking about how Coolio plays WoW or something and every time he'd show up, people were all like "Oh yeah there's that guy who thinks he's Coolio..." and he was like "WTF I AM Coolio!"
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:56 AM on February 26, 2011 [8 favorites]


Someone on the show? How about Will Femia, the MSNBC web producer? He's who posted about the thread.
posted by Ideefixe at 10:01 AM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


[we have a few celeb MeFites who you could figure out of you followed them on other social media, for example]


whew, thanks for keeping my cover, I owe you a coke
posted by The Whelk at 10:07 AM on February 26, 2011


There was no indefinite article in that sentence when we shook hands on it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:13 AM on February 26, 2011 [16 favorites]


Does Maddow still do those Goldline commercials? I lost a lot of respect for her over that.
posted by klangklangston at 10:15 AM on February 26, 2011


Actually, MSNBC's blogs have been of interest here before.

MSNBC.com Launches Weblogs 6-3-2002

Not to be a party-pooper, but I don't understand all the fan squee. I think most for-pay bloggers read Metafilter, even if the news anchors don't.
posted by Ideefixe at 10:21 AM on February 26, 2011


I thought everybody knew that Rachel Maddow, Matt Drudge, Jay Carney, Marilyn Tucker Quayle, Dennis Kucinich and Justin Bieber are all active Mefites, and that Steve Wozniak, Adam Savage, Caspar Babypants and jonmc all have sockpuppet accounts so they can participate without drawing a crowd.
posted by Balonious Assault at 11:26 AM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wish George Clooney was the real George Clooney. I got excited at first, then angry, then depressed.
posted by anniecat at 12:32 PM on February 26, 2011 [6 favorites]


anniecat: "I wish George Clooney was the real George Clooney."

Wait, so you're telling me MeFi's Own George Clooney is not the real George Clooney? NO! IT CANNOT BE!
posted by mwhybark at 12:53 PM on February 26, 2011


Wait, so you're telling me MeFi's Own George Clooney is not the real George Clooney? NO! IT CANNOT BE!

excited, angry, then depressed....I've been there. I hate him for it now.
posted by anniecat at 1:38 PM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


And to be honest, I don't know why the mods allow it. He's doing it on purpose. If he didn't want to purposely depress people, he'd have a username like Scott Baio or Mickey Rourke or Gary Busey. He's just getting our hopes up and dashing us down. I WANT TO BELIEVE.
posted by anniecat at 1:40 PM on February 26, 2011


Clooney's great and all but I'd personally be a lot more up-and-dashed by a fake Garey Busey appearance.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:53 PM on February 26, 2011


Clooney's great and all but I'd personally be a lot more up-and-dashed by a fake Garey Busey appearance.

Ew. Especially compare to this.
posted by anniecat at 2:48 PM on February 26, 2011


I work w Will Femia at MSNBC.com. Good guy. He is not Rachel Maddow.
posted by GaelFC at 6:57 PM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]



Yo Rachel, if you're reading this: you are directly responsible for the most awkward voicemail yt my mother has ever left. So you're either on my Enemies List or you're a Fucking Hero, I ain't decided which.



Holy shit, I just ruptured something. I think the whole atmosphere of the video, with the focal point being two cats whacking at each other, really sends it over the top.



So...what did you tell her? I must know.
posted by louche mustachio at 7:01 PM on February 26, 2011 [5 favorites]


"You see, Mom, sometimes when two people love each other, and balls, very much..."
posted by santaslittlehelper at 7:20 PM on February 26, 2011 [6 favorites]


"You see, Mom, sometimes when a n00b gets a headshot..."
posted by NoraReed at 7:31 PM on February 26, 2011 [4 favorites]


"Mom, maybe it's time we all sit down as a family and watch Pecker."
posted by louche mustachio at 8:32 PM on February 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Greg Nog's voicemail was infinitely better than my actual conversation with my mom where she proudly declared that she was a TEABAGGER and loved that Glenn Beck. I had to excuse myself from that call rather quickly.
posted by TooFewShoes at 8:58 PM on February 26, 2011


I work w Will Femia at MSNBC.com. Good guy. He is not Rachel
Maddow.


Could you ask him to log on here and pretend? On the internets, etc.
posted by Ideefixe at 9:01 PM on February 26, 2011


I can't remember what the thing was that I was watching, where people were talking about how Coolio plays WoW or something and every time he'd show up, people were all like "Oh yeah there's that guy who thinks he's Coolio..." and he was like "WTF I AM Coolio!"

Please track this down. I love the idea of "Yeah, my guild's pretty cool, we've got this one guy who keeps pretending he's Coolio but he does good dps for a warlock so whatevs".
posted by graventy at 9:01 PM on February 26, 2011 [4 favorites]


anniecat: "I hate him for it now."

You can't hate George Clooney! YOU CAN'T!
posted by mwhybark at 12:28 AM on February 27, 2011


Aren't we all, in some way, Rachel Maddow?


I thought so, but try telling that to the squares who raise a fuss when you try to use her stolen credit cards.
posted by Atreides at 7:20 AM on February 27, 2011 [3 favorites]


Which one of us is Lady Gaga?
posted by Beardman at 9:24 AM on February 27, 2011


That's easy, Beardman. Mccarty.tim is Gags.
posted by pxe2000 at 11:14 AM on February 27, 2011


I thought Rory Marinich was Gaga.
posted by box at 2:09 PM on February 27, 2011


I think we're all a little Gaga.
posted by dg at 5:15 PM on February 27, 2011


I'm the only one who isn't Lady Gaga. Which actually makes this a private chat, IF YOU DON'T MIND
posted by shakespeherian at 6:49 PM on February 27, 2011


Rah rah oh la la rah rah oh ga ga la la ga ga la la la
posted by The Whelk at 8:14 PM on February 27, 2011


At Oscars. Colin Firth just won. Everyone is calling Jeff Bridges Dude. Will flash MeFi hand signal if I can.

Sent from my iPhone
posted by George Clooney at 8:31 PM on February 27, 2011 [25 favorites]


Rah rah oh la la rah rah oh ga ga la la ga ga la la la

Damn that is some earworm.
posted by bdave at 9:58 PM on February 27, 2011


Ack! I step away from my computer for a few days, and this happens in the meantime!

It's a nice welcome back after a much needed long weekend not online. I'm glad she liked that post. I felt like I needed to do it after a few union songs were quoted in other threads and I was doing my own research and found what I found.

Very cool indeed.
posted by hippybear at 8:51 AM on February 28, 2011


I'm the only one who isn't Lady Gaga.

I dunno, I'm pretty sure I'm not Lady Gaga either.
posted by nickmark at 12:15 PM on February 28, 2011


I know I'm not Lady Gaga.

Everyone can read my poker face.

It's why I no longer play poker.
posted by mephron at 9:07 PM on February 28, 2011


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