In the info-tainment recipe that mixes news with a hefty helping of opinion, MSNBC is solidly ahead at delivering the latter ingredient.
Politicoinforms 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.
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I gave up on MSNBC a long time ago. I watch the news. I don't need translation. I don't want slant. These on air talking heads irritate me no end. I try with FOX but it doesn't take long for me to get fed up again. And I think CNN is less interested in news reporting all the time. Of the broadcast networks, CBS is the only one I can take for any length of time and I wind up disgusted in too quick a time there. Did HLN for quite a while but it's becoming the same as the rest. You know what would be nice? The news. Just the news. No slant. Just a report of what is going on.AND I DON"T CARE ABOUT JUSTIN BIEBER!!!!! He's not news.
Fortunately, the America people have shunned MSNBC. Their ratings are consistantly at the very bottom of the barrel. MSNBC is the only network that has full panels of guests all spouting the same point of view. At least Fox has opposing panelists.
I don't watch any of them anymore. I make every choice based on the merit of the arguments which sometimes takes me to the left and sometimes to the right.....but, most ALWAYS somewhere in the middle.
Cable news networks like MSNBC and Fox have become an extension of the Political Party they represent and they target an audience of like-minded viewers.....nothing wrong with that, just the way it is......kinda like cartoons for grown-ups.
@Realthinker That is true. Even if the newsreaders stay away from opinion, the selection of stories is still biased. The absence of stories about Benghazi on the alphabet networks probably won Obama the election.
I like to watch "Deutsche Welle". The newscasters just report news. They don't offer their opinions, make smart-ass, clever clever comments, or giggle at each other's jokes. They barely even smile. They remind me of the way news in American was reported before "60 Minutes" got started.
The fourth estate is supposed to hold those in power responsible for their actions on a non-partisan basis. It's no secret that MSNBC is in the tank, and a mouth piece for O'Bysmal. And their (Neilsen) ratings show it -- lower than any other television news broadcast.....and well earned!
In the grand scheme of things it's all about ratings and making bank. I'm not sure if being overly opinionated will accomplish either but maybe the folks at MSNBC know something that I don't. BTW, didn't Shultz just get booted from that 8pm time slot because O'Reilly was destroying him?
Schultz being exiled to weekends (too good for him by half, I think) makes room for Chris Hayes, a very bright up and coming host. There's some talk that Ezra Klein may also have take up hosting duties, which would make for a very wonky lineup.
MSNBC is a bad network and most people know it. The problem is almost everyone intentionally or unintentionally doesn't give all the facts and puts their opinion in their report. What we need is a news station that only gives the facts. For that to work they would need to give ALL the facts and nothing else. Since everyone has an opinion I think all news sources will be biased to some degree. If you want to know what is happening then use sources like Fox and NSNBC together and use a foreign newspaper like one from Canada. Watching as many news stations as possible will give you the most accurate picture.