Palin and press bias

The Monday business section of the New York Times always has interesting material regarding media issues.  Today, the issue of media partisan slant (perceived or actual) is examined, showing how NBC News has found it difficult to differentiate itself from its more opinionated cable arm, MSNBC.  Conservatives have long made “liberal media” accusations part of their political strategy, with Republicans specifically singling out one network by shouting “NBC, NBC” when Sarah Palin challenged “the media.”  

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3 Responses to “Palin and press bias”

  1. Alexandria Walters Says:

    If NBC or MSNBC wants to be differentiated then, they might as well not have basically the same name, and not advertise themselves to the public as being part of the same branch of news. Just as ABC is owned by Disney, but is on non-cable as a totally different name, the same thing would have to be done for these two networks.

  2. Oscar Says:

    I’m a fan of Olbermann, but I’ve never thought of him as impartial nor do I think he’s ever attempted to portray himself as such. Having said that, I don’t like the idea of someone so obviously opposed to one of the political parties be an anchor for election coverage. If Olbermann and Matthews could have kept their disagreements under control, or found a better way to discuss them, they might have stayed on the air.

    I guess that NBC/MSNBC figured that if Fox can bill itself as impartial they might try to get away with it as well.

  3. Brian Says:

    Glenn Greenwald on Salon.com made an interesting observation of the article and the history of MSNBC buckling under pressure from the right…I think this mentality of the right dominating any form of the left in terms of media control must date back to the HUAC days of the early 50s when Democrats were generally being prodded along by Republicans because of their weak image, and while the domineering role of the right has fluctuated in power and been rebelled against by Murrow, 60s culture or alternative press outlets since then, the power to shut down dissenters has been left in the Republicans’ hands more or less since then. I guess the question is whether or not the role of Republicans (and certainly some Democrats) in the media (stifling, censoring and generally keeping as on target as possible) is a role that can be given to any other group, or even done away with entirely. It’s interesting to think about, anyway.

    http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/09/08/msnbc/

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