The androgynous host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” stepped into the lion’s den (aka Reddit) for an hour today. Here’s what we learned:
She loves booze.
“I love most rye, but if I had to pick a desert-island one, I would probably pick Michter’s. There’s a great one called ‘Pikesville’, too, but it’s really hard to find. I wouldn’t kick Sazerac 6 or Rittenhouse out of bed for eating crackers, though.”
She loves Sheppard Smith.
“Some of us can pull off seeming like human beings on TV, some of us can pull off V.O.G. authority, but Shep is really very good at both.”
She and MSNBC are not allowed to cover Bradley Manning.
Cricket. Cricket. Cricket.
She and MSNBC don’t want to cover Chris Kyle.
“We have not yet covered those killings, mostly because I’ve been following the story as a crime and a tragedy, but not one that I felt like we could add much to, beyond what’s already out there.”
She thinks Rand Paul is full of it.
“I love to see a real talking filibuster. I love that it was on an issue of principle. It’s too bad that Senator Paul — while doing all those things that I think are great and having real guts — doesn’t always have a clear grasp of the issue he’s talking about. And he makes Hitler references.”
She likes gun.
“Gun appreciation, even gun enthusiasm (which I confess to in a small way!) is absolutely not inconsistent with a belief in rational gun-safety reform.”
She would go back in time to cover the presidential election of 1800.
“All that weird campaigning they had never done before! I find electoral politics mostly enervating, but that one sounds like it would have been a blast.”
She was obsessive about Husker Du, and also liked Meat Puppets and Black Flag, but really would have done anything for Bob Mould.
“My parents were very very horrified by the appearance of Dead Kennedys records in the house. I don’t remember a particular song that made them crazy — I think the band name itself did all the work there.”
She would rather one horse sized duck than 100 duck sized horses.
“The idea of waves of dozens of matching adversaries seems claustrophobic. Also, smaller things are harder to aim at and I’m not that coordinated.
She wears awful turtlenecks.
But, in true Reddit fashion, the questions with the most upvotes got ignored.
“I hardly even care about these high-profile AMAs anymore, because I know they’ll dodge all the actually important questions,” said Reddit user TheRealLilSebastian.
Added ZanderPerk: ”This AMA is just like her show: ignoring the big questions at hand.”