Accuracy in Media

A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism shows just how extreme MSNBC became as the presidential election wound down, with its overwhelming support for President Obama and negativity towards Mitt Romney.

In a previous study by Pew that covered the period of August 27 to October 21, MSNBC reported favorably on Obama by a margin of 39% to 15%, and negatively about Romney by a margin of 71% to 3%. From October 29 to November 5, the positive Obama reporting shot up to 51% with no negative stories, and the negative Romney mentions dropped slightly to 68%, with no positive reporting about the Republican challenger.

That compares to Fox News, whose segments on Obama were negative 56% of the time versus 5% positive, while the Romney segments were positive just 42% of the time and negative 11%.

While both networks reported more positively on their preferred candidates—Obama on MSNBC and Romney on Fox News—the fact that MSNBC didn’t report negatively on Obama at all, while saying nothing positive about Romney, is the network displaying its liberal bias at its most extreme.

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