Eagle columnist Brent Castillo wrote today about a study that found that the media has been more favorable in their news coverage of the Democratic presidential candidates than the Republicans. Conservatives are touting it as more evidence of liberal bias. That likely may be, but it may also partly reflect news that was happening at the time. For example, the study noted how much negative coverage Republican John McCain received. But the study examine a time period during which his campaign was falling apart.
The study focused on news coverage, which is expected to be neutral, not opinion and commentary, which arenâ€™t supposed to be neutral. But that format may lean more to the left soon.
MSNBC is planning a shift to a left in its evening talk shows, driven by ratings. â€œCountdown With Keith Olbermannâ€ (in photo) has been such a success that the cable network plans to showcase other hosts who take on the administration, the New York Times reported. One horrifying possibility: Network execs have been talking with Rosie Oâ€™Donnell about a prime-time show, though those talks have stalled.
Just as Fox News has made hay with conservative talk shows, MSNBC is realizing there is a big market for opposing views.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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