Rachel Maddow vs. "Dr. Evil": Smackdown over Rick Berman's Corporate Funding (VIDEO)

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Art Levine Contributing Editor, The Washington Monthly

Rachel Maddow last night took on corporate PR maestro Rick Berman. Berman has established a bevy of anti-reform "non-profit" websites that enable him to attack everything from ACORN to unions to Mothers Against Drunk Driving while defending trans-fats, lowering the minimum wage and high fructose corn syrup as good for you and the economy. But most critically, Maddow notes, "We're not allowed to know who picks up the bill" for his hit jobs.

Berman, proudly known as "Dr. Evil," still refused to answer who pays for his attack websites, even as he's served as a leader in generating what critics say is misinformation about virtually all reform initiatives of the last 20 years, including union organizing rights and the Employee Free Choice Act.

Take a look at the first part of her interview, and judge for yourself who came out ahead: