Gross returned again and again to the impressiveness of Maddow. She cited, for example, Maddow blaming an American anti-gay spokesman for an execute-the-homosexuals bill in Uganda. After playing a long clip from Maddow on MSNBC, Gross proclaimed she had witnessed broadcast excellence.
"Well, you talked to him about how he's using fake authoritative stuff, and I think finding fake authoritative stuff is one of the things that you really excel at," she oozed. "When people are offering themselves as experts, but the information that their expertise is based on is just wrong, you're very good on your show about finding the actual facts out and challenging the fake authority's credibility."
Fake authority? Gross might have been talking about herself.
Then Gross complimented Maddow's show-opening essay -- which shamelessly copycats O'Reilly's format: "You kind of put it together like you're taking different pieces of a puzzle and putting it together, and by the end of the essay, you see a picture emerge, you see a pattern emerge. ... What is the process for you of writing that opening essay? Because it seems to me that an extraordinary amount of work must go into that."
This allowed Maddow to joke humbly, "Essentially, the process of working on my show is grinding your bones to dust each day an inch at a time." Genius is such hard work.
The ending was the most preposterous. Gross informed Maddow that "some people equate Fox News and MSNBC" as "flip sides of the same coin." Maddow disagreed, claiming that while Fox was founded to "advance the interests of the Republican Party," MSNBC "isn't a unified political project to accomplish the goals of any external political body."
Conservatives, I told you that you wouldn't like reading this. All of this was taxpayer-funded.