Reddit Revolts Over Maddow’s Scant Answers In ‘Ask Me Anything’

Reddit users were largely disappointed with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s “ask me anything” Q&A on Friday, directing ire at the cable news host for ignoring many of the social news community’s questions. As of Monday afternoon, Maddow had answered 21 questions.

“This AMA was a bust,” user Chafuter wrote.

“Yup, agreed. She only answered soft ball questions. One less viewer here,” user Recall_Coordinator wrote in reply.

“It’s really disappointing considering the whole style and tone of her show,” user jack_spankin wrote on the same thread.

“Yeah, this AMA is quite disappointing,” user twice_as_hard wrote. “I had to scroll down half the page before I saw any of her responses and none of the top rated questions got answers. I like Rachel but this is a big bummer.”

Maddow discussed her book, praised Fox News host Shepard Smith and opened up about her favorite whiskeys.

“I’m starting with the booze question because the very idea relaxes me,” Maddow wrote. “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.”

Read the full thread here.

Update:

MSNBC spokesperson Lauren Skowronski with a statement Monday evening:

“Rachel addressed a variety of topics from the Reddit community – including the war in Afghanistan, Ron and Rand Paul, government spending, gun regulation, her editorial process, media bias, conflicts within the Democratic party, and partisan gridlock. 

Your article singles out only the lighthearted question –  If you’d like to see what actually happened on the AMA, all the questions Rachel answered (and her answers) are here:http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/08/17239276-todays-reddit-transcript?lite

She’s looking forward to being back on Reddit again!” 

 

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