- “The Rachel Maddow Show” ended May with its worst ratings since President Trump took office, losing 500,000 viewers after the release of Attorney General William Barr’s letter.
- In April, viewership for Maddow’s show fell 13% when compared to the same time period in 2018. In the first quarter of 2019, she averaged 3.1 million viewers, but that number plummeted to 2.6 million in May.
- Recent reports also say that “The New York Times” prevented its reporters from appearing on her MSNBC show because the paper felt that Maddow “was too far left, even for them.”
- NYT reportedly felt that the show was “too partisan” and didn’t want its reporters to participate.
- A source said: “I do think Maddow, and others on MSNBC, have very strong opinions that affect their ability to tell stories in an accurate way sometimes. You don’t get tainted just by appearing [on the show], but it’s better to err on the side of trying to maintain objectivity and caution.”
- The editor from Accuracy in Media, a non-profit media watchdog, Carrie Sheffield said Maddow has “ignored basic journalistic, fact-checking practices and the presumption of innocence in our legal system by relentlessly pushing unproven conspiracy theories about supposed Russian collusion.”
- Sheffield also said that Maddow has a credibility issue due to her “lapse in journalistic balance.”
- Sheffield added: “This was a long time coming, and we hope MSNBC will allow for greater balance moving forward. We hope that Maddow’s programming will include substantive fact-checking, balanced debate and dialogue, rather than an echo-chamber monologue that further divides Left and Right.”