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    How's this for Fair and Balanced? A new Pew study in the US shows that in the final stages of the US Election Campaign, liberal MSNBC was even more pro-Obama than Fox was pro-Romney.

    Throughout the campaign, the two most popular cable news channels, Fox News and MSNBC, stood out from the rest the media coverage. Fox News was much more positive about Romney than the press as a whole and substantially more negative about Obama. MSNBC was even more overwhelmingly negative about Romney and offered mostly positive coverage about Obama.

    During the final week of the campaign, those differences became even more pronounced.
    That week, when the media overall were more positive about Obama than negative, Fox News went a different direction and became more negative about him. From October 1 to 28, 4% of Obama's stories were positive and 47% were negative (a difference of 43 points). In the final week, however, that tenor changed so that 5% of Obama's stories were positive while 56% were negative-a difference of 51 points.
    At the same time, when Romney was receiving negative coverage in the final week from the rest of the press, Fox was different; 42% of its segments about him were positive while only 11% were negative. This was more positive than the earlier part of October when 34% of Fox News' Romney coverage was positive and 9% negative.
    MSNBC moved in the other direction. MSNBC's coverage of Romney during the final week (68% negative with no positive stories in the sample), was far more negative than the overall press, and even more negative than it had been during October 1 to 28 when 5% was positive and 57% was negative.
    For Obama, meanwhile, the coverage improved in the last week. From October 1 to 28, 33% was positive and 13% negative. During the campaign's final week, fully 51% of MSNBC's stories were positive while there were no negative stories at all in the sample.
    Final Weeks in the Mainstream Press | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

    Here in Democrat-loving Ireland, Fox News is a byword for media bias. The sort of ar$eholes who think reading the Irish Times makes them sophisticated will stroke their chins and tell you how, like, terribly right wing FNC is. I wager that many of those people don't know that there exists a left-wing equivalent of Fox in MSNBC, although I have to admit to being surprised to see that it is even more biased than its rightly derided rival. There's a scathing attack on the 'progressive' media's obsequiousness towards Obama in (of all places) The Guardian that's well worth a read:

    Hendrik Hertzberg proclaims that they will now be even "more respectful" of Obama than they have been. Short of formally beatifying him, or perhaps transferring all their worldly possessions to him, is that even physically possible? Is there a reverence ritual that has been left unperformed, swooning praise left to be lavished upon him, heinous acts by him that have not yet been acquiesced to if not affirmatively sanctioned in the name of keeping him empowered? That media progressives will try to find ways to be even "more respectful" to the president is nothing short of scary.
    Progressive media claims they'll be 'tougher' on Obama now | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

    The fact that MSNBC more closely accords to the prejudices of the majority of Irish people (including myself) shouldn't blind us to the fact that it is as active in the propaganda game as Murdoch's station.

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    Media objectivity does not always occur. The listener has to educate themselves as to the bias of the different media operations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum View Post
    How's this for Fair and Balanced? A new Pew study in the US shows that in the final stages of the US Election Campaign, liberal MSNBC was even more pro-Obama than Fox was pro-Romney.



    Final Weeks in the Mainstream Press | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

    Here in Democrat-loving Ireland, Fox News is a byword for media bias. The sort of ar$eholes who think reading the Irish Times makes them sophisticated will stroke their chins and tell you how, like, terribly right wing FNC is. I wager that many of those people don't know that there exists a left-wing equivalent of Fox in MSNBC, although I have to admit to being surprised to see that it is even more biased than its rightly derided rival. There's a scathing attack on the 'progressive' media's obsequiousness towards Obama in (of all places) The Guardian that's well worth a read:



    Progressive media claims they'll be 'tougher' on Obama now | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

    The fact that MSNBC more closely accords to the prejudices of the majority of Irish people (including myself) shouldn't blind us to the fact that it is as active in the propaganda game as Murdoch's station.
    The reason MSNBC is so liberal is as a counterbalance to Fox, who started it all. And you can't deny it's objectively true that Fox are more biased in favour of stupidity and ignorance, represented by right of the Republican party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titmouse View Post
    The reason MSNBC is so liberal is as a counterbalance to Fox, who started it all. And you can't deny it's objectively true that Fox are more biased in favour of stupidity and ignorance, represented by right of the Republican party.


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    Someone had to do a study to figure that out? These channels don't do news they do partisan ego massaging for people who want to think they are well informed but never what to hear anything that might contradict they shallow misconceptions. MSNBC are the worst - even Rachael Maddow, who should know better.
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    This comes as no surprise but I don't expect to hear too much about it here.

    Regardless of the bias, people actually watch Fox, nobody watches MSNBC.

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    What exactly is this evidence of? Is 'non-biased' reporting the same number of 'positive' and 'negative' stories about someone? What if there are more 'positive' stories about Obama to report?

    Can I make a complaint somewhere that the BBC are being biased about Jimmy Savile? Can't remember the last 'positive' story written about him.

    'Project for Excellence in Journalism'? Pathetic, really.

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    Interesting article here on a once promising network. Maybe it's not too late for them.

    As ratings plunge, MSNBC faces shakeup - Dylan Byers - POLITICO

    The low turnout wasn’t a fluke: Year-to-date, MSNBC’s daytime viewership is down 21 percent overall and 41 percent in the coveted 25-to-54-year-old demographic, putting it in fourth place behind Fox News, CNN and CNN’s sister network HLN. Its prime-time ratings are down 24 percent and 42 percent, respectively. In both daytime and prime time, MSNBC is bringing in its smallest share of the demo since 2005
    The network had become so partisan it has even turned off its core audience.

    Lack, a former NBC News president, is likely to rein in MSNBC’s ever-leftward drift and focus instead on creating more news-driven programming, with more involvement from NBC News talent.
    This would be a welcome change. Last year, the coverage of Bridgegate and Christie was relentless and the viewers voted with their remotes.

    In an ironic twist

    Despite its own ratings setbacks, “Morning Joe,” the three-hour morning talk show anchored by former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, is among the network’s most influential — and lucrative — programs.

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    It's no surprise that would turn out like that, since majority of media is biased and ran on political agendas.

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    Who cares

    Both parties are funded by the same corporate and financial vested interests and essentially support the same policies with minor cosmetic differences

    Then the idiot US public keep playing along with the kabuki theatre for the masses that is the US electoral process by voting them in.

    George Carlin sums the latter part up quite well!


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