''Those people should just watch the show. We're hiring Rachel because she's a smart person. Rachel goes far beyond politics. She's an expert on military affairs. She was a Rhodes scholar.''
Phil Griffin, President of the cable network MSNBC, jumping ahead of Republican critics who may say that the addition of Dr. Rachel Maddow as a regular news show host proves that NBC is leaning toward a liberal bias. Dr. Maddow, who is replacing Dan Abrams' show, is very open about being a lesbian and has contributed to news programs on CNN and MSNBC as well as her own show on Air America Radio. (The New York Times)