While Olbermann has no true successor (and likely never will), his most obvious legacy at MSNBC is Rachel Maddow, who got her audition moment filling in for Olbermann on "Countdown" where she impressed MSNBC exec Phil Griffin. In July 2008, Griffin became MSNBC's president and the next month he gave Maddow her own show, right after Olbermann's, and she's still in the same time slot, where she hasn't noticeably made waves (despite insults from Bill Maher, Bill O'Reilly, Politico, and Alec Baldwin).
Rachel Maddow calls herself "liberal," evokes Phil Ochs song
Michael Arria wickedly quotes Maddow as saying, "I'm undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I'm in almost total agreement with the Eisenhower-Era Republican Party platform." His chapter on "Maddow's World" especially critiques her apparent infatuation with the American military, including her "ringing endorsement of NATO's attack on Libya." Turning to Iran, Arria takes Maddow to task for omitting the CIA coup of 1953 (Eisenhower era!) from the context for Iranian behavior; for misrepresenting what Iranian leaders have actually said about nuclear weapons; and for applauding the sanctions that, by barring drug imports, have aggravated cancer and AIDS in Iran.
Medium Blue's assessments of other MSNBC hosts are equally trenchant, for example:
" Chris Hayes -- "stands in as what passes as the far-left in today's media
" Ed Shultz -- "satisfying those perplexing progressives who pined for a
Democratic Rush Limbaugh."
" Melissa Harris-Perry -- "To hail a centrist President for following in
King's footsteps flies in the face of nearly everything MLK stood for."
" Ari Melber -- his "connection to the ruling class obscured to the naked
eye" (part of a devastating recital of attorney Melber's conflicts of interest).