Accuracy in Media

MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews said the New York Times is “still the liberal paper” during an interview about the media and the Trump administration.

The interview was conducted by Edward-Isaac Dovere for Politico’s “Off Message” podcast, which was posted Tuesday. He described how newspapers have evolved since his time as an aide to Democratic Speaker Tip O’Neill in the 1980s.

Matthews compared the Post’s coverage of President Nixon, who he said would “play down any good economic news,” as opposed to the now-defunct Washington Star, which did the opposite since it leaned conservative.

“The Post has changed now … It’s not as exciting a paper as it was, but it’s definitely not ideological anymore,” he said. “The New York Times is ideological. The New York Times is still the liberal paper. The [Wall Street] Journal has always been pretty straight in the front pages.”

Matthews added newspapers were more straight now as opposed to the polarization he sees on cable news.

“People go to their own sources and their own media, and politicians do too,” Matthews said.

Matthews described himself as center-left, scoffing at conservatives who think he is left saying that he’s only left-wing on two issues — wars and civil rights.

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