Choices like Rachel Maddow and Samantha Power seemed obvious to me. Valid too, of course. Rachel Maddow's cable news show on MSNBC is informative, intelligent, well-contextualized, and daring. She is definitely one of the true media stars of 2008. MSNBC made the right decision with her and, in the process, hit the jackpot too, as Maddow's ratings have skyrocketed in a matter of months.
Here's a bit from Rachel Maddow's show.
People like Samantha Power make me wish I moved faster and accomplished more. Power has managed to get tenured at Harvard by the age of 38. In addition to that, she's also a Pulitzer prize winner and a high profile political adviser. Here's a bit that features Power in action.