Chris Field
From our January cover story "The 50 Most Dangerous Liberals in America":

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#44 RACHEL MADDOW
Host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC

MSNBC's all-liberal, all-the-time primetime lineup is anathema to most conservatives. In this sea of ignorance, partisan invective and unhinged diatribes, a lone commentator manages to remain afloat in a dinghy of relative thoughtfulness and sobriety.

Rachel Maddow was plucked from relative obscurity in 2005, quickly becoming a regular panelist on MSNBC and CNN. By 2008, Maddow's star had risen to new heights, prompting NBC executives to launch "The Rachel Maddow Show."

While several of her network comrades have descended steadily into punditry madness, Maddow has largely evaded the stigma of laughingstock status. Unlike the Olbermanns of the world, Maddow maintains a reputation beyond the feverish precincts of the far Left. Her occasional appearances on respected programs such as "Meet the Press" bolster her gravitas as a measured spokesperson for the American Left. Maddow's ability to cloak leftwing arguments in reasonable-sounding rhetoric distinguishes Maddow from her colleagues. It makes her more persuasive in spreading the liberal gospel and, therefore, far more dangerous.

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Chris Field

Chris Field is the former Executive Editor of Townhall Magazine.