January 06, 2013

This won't change any minds ...

... but here goes: MSNBC really is more partisan than Fox, according to Pew study.

But here's one of several fascinating smaller findings of the study that are kind of stunning -- even if they seem obvious and ho-hum to some of my more jaded, postmodern, aren't-we-cleverly-ironic colleagues:

ON MSNBC, the ratio of negative to positive stories on GOP candidate Mitt Romney was 71 to 3.

That's not a news channel. That's a propaganda machine, and owner Comcast should probably change Phil Griffin's title from president to high minister of information, or something equally befitting the work of a party propaganist hack in a totalitarian regime. You wonder how mainstream news organizations allow their reporters and correspondents to appear in such a cauldron of bias.

The ratio of negative to positive stories in Fox's coverage of President Obama was 46 to 6.

That was written by David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun, hardly a bastion of conservatism. And from the Pew study directly:

The study also reveals the degree to which the two cable channels that have built themselves around ideological programming, MSNBC and Fox, stand out from other mainstream media outlets. And MSNBC stands out the most. On that channel, 71% of the segments studied about Romney were negative in nature, compared with just 3% that were positive -- a ratio of roughly 23-to-1. On Fox, 46% of the segments about Obama were negative, compared with 6% that were positive -- a ratio of about 8-to-1 negative.

And some graphics regarding overall media coverage of the last campaign:

Posted by Hube at January 6, 2013 11:01 AM | TrackBack

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Even more significantly 48% of Obama stories on Fox were considered neutral. Compare that to 26% of Romney stories on MSNBC. So MSNBC is highly partisan and slanted. Fox is somewhat partisan and slanted.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at January 6, 2013 08:17 PM