In the info-tainment
recipe that mixes news with a hefty helping of opinion, MSNBC is solidly ahead at delivering the latter ingredient.
us that while all the major networks have been tilting further away from straight news and towards op-ed in recent years, liberal outpost MSNBC is nearly dominated by it. 85% of the network's content was opinion-oriented, according to the Pew Research Center, compared to 55% for FOX and 46% for CNN.
"A Pew Research examination of programming in December 2012 found MSNBC to be by far the most opinionated of the three networks, with nearly 90% of its primetime coverage coming in the form of opinion or commentary," writes
Pew. "Host Rachel Maddow, for example, often begins her show with a lengthy segment combining a monologue with video clips that can last for seven minutes or longer."
The analysis invites us to remember a time not so long ago when the network was a mixed bag of viewpoints:
"In 2007, the airwaves were split between liberals and conservatives (Joe Scarborough and Tucker Carlson); now, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz are linchpins in an ideologically reconstructed liberal lineup."
Via Politico and the Pew Research Center