Accuracy in Media

Politico’s Dylan Byers reports that MSNBC does in fact have news shows as opposed to “point of view shows.”

MSNBC considers everything from 3 p.m. into primetime to be “point of view” shows. That includes Martin Bashir, Dylan Ratigan, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell.

Meanwhile, the shows that run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. are not “point of view” shows. That includes Chuck Todd, Chris Jansing, Alex Wagner, Andrea Mitchell, and Tamron Hall.

That may surprise viewers of the network, as anyone who has actually bothered to watch the network of the liberals will attest to the fact that Todd, Jansing, Wagner, Mitchell and Hall’s shows do have a point of view too, though they may attempt to disguise it more than the others. There are subtler ways to reflect a point of view, such as who you interview, what you ask, the stories you choose to report on and the angles to those stories that are presented.

Just take a look at MSNBC’s description of NOW with Alex Wagner:

Every morning we wake up to a blitz of news and events. Alex and her NOW contributors give a fresh perspective on the day’s headlines, and help audiences go behind them to better understand our culture and politics. NOW With Alex Wagner airs at 12 pm ET Monday through Friday on MSNBC.

That sounds a lot more like an opinion show than a news show if they are giving a “fresh perspective” on the news and going behind the headlines to help audiences better understand them. While she does have more conservative viewpoints than the other shows, the guests are predominantly liberal, and the topics are generally presented in a way that favors the liberal viewpoint.

MSNBC is free to offer their liberal opinions all day long if they wish. But to try and disguise opinion shows as news is patently dishonest. Yet what else should we expect from a network that brings us Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow?

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