06 October 2008

MSNBC liberal bias

We've been watching a lot of CNN lately for coverage of the presidential and vice presidential campaign. Generally, CNN seems to be fairly balanced, although it's occasionally apparent CNN's mild bias for Obama. At least CNN tries to be balanced, including Ed Rollins, David Gergen, and other Republicans in their analyst panels.

Tonight, I flipped the channel to MSNBC for variety's sake. I've known about the liberal bias on MSNBC, especially given their on-air personalities like Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, and Rachel Maddow. What surprised me tonight, though, was how blatant the bias is. There's very little balance. Including Pat Buchanan every once in a while doesn't offset the continual bias you can easily detect.

I find the sarcastic comments regarding Palin and McCain to be refreshing, but I have to remind myself that this is supposed to be a news channel.

I'm almost thinking Fox News, with its conservative bias, at least comes across as a quality news organization. The concept of balance is even in their slogan, "We Report. You Decide."

Well, we'll probably be back watching CNN again, with MSNBC an interesting side show on occasion.