In an interview with the left-wing British newspaper the Guardian, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow said that she thinks her generation is uneasy at the idea of a politically neutral media and that there is no political agenda at MSNBC.
Fox News is the most notorious example of nakedly political cable news and MSNBC represents the other end of the political spectrum. And Maddow insists this is no bad thing: “I think a lot of people of my generation are discomfited by the assertion of neutrality in the mainstream media, this idea that they’re the voice of God. I think it’s just honest to say, yes, you know where I’m coming from but you can fact-check anything I say.”
Of Fox News, she says simply “When it starts to seem like you have popped into bed with a specific party, it makes it difficult for people to believe you are not doing someone else’s bidding for them.”
At MSNBC, on the other hand, “there are people here who are identified as liberals, but there is no political agenda”.
That will come as a surprise to viewers at MSNBC who tune in specifically to hear Matthews, O’Donnell, Maddow and Schultz pound away at conservatives and the Republican controlled House every night. And the network rarely disappoints as the prime time shows are loaded with guests that only reinforce the hosts liberal views, which often serve as Democratic talking points.
Maddow and her fellow anchors are entitled to express their views, and MSNBC encourages them to do so. But for her to say that there is no political agenda at MSNBC, while accusing Fox of being in bed with the Republican Party, is both dishonest and disingenuous.