Accuracy in Media

Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough sparred Wednesday on whether or not there is a difference between MSNBC and Fox News, with Brzezinski channeling former White House communications director Anita Dunn when she said that Fox was a “mouthpiece for the Republican Party.”

morning joeDunn, as you may recall, called Fox News the “research arm” of the GOP, in 2009.

Brzezinski and Scarborough were discussing RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ threat to deny NBC and CNN access to the 2016 Republican primaries if they don’t drop their Hillary Clinton film projects.

The discussion turned to Fox News and MSNBC when Brzezinski said that the Republicans have their own network and that until Priebus asks Fox to do some “really great” pieces on Democrats, she wasn’t sure his arguments against the Hillary films were valid.

Brzezinski then went a step further:

Because I don’t see MSNBC going after Democratic presidential candidates and trying to hire them, trying to push them into the forefront. And everything that you read is Roger Ailes gets behind Republican candidates, he hires them, he puts them on the air, it is a mouthpiece for the Republican Party and the conservatives. And it is.

That was a little too much for Scarborough, who lit into Brzezinski for her warped view:

Scarborough: …I can’t be quiet here. What do you think MSNBC is at night?

Brzezinski: It’s not the same at all.

Scarborough: It’s exactly the same!

Brzezinski: I don’t think so.

Scarborough: Well of course you don’t think so because you’re a Democrat…where as I am fair-minded and right down the middle…

Brzezinski: Mmmm…

In reality, if MSNBC was exactly like Fox, then they would be a successful cable news network, instead of one that is badly stumbling in the ratings. The real difference, however, is that Fox regularly has on formidable spokesmen for left-wing and Democratic Party points of view, while MSNBC rarely has on formidable conservatives as either guests or paid consultants. In that sense, Fox News is way more “fair and balanced” than MSNBC.


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