A new report from the media watch group FAIR graphically documented that MSNBC’s bias against Bernie Sanders is so pronounced that it seems to undermine the channel’s ability to do basic math when Sanders and polls are discussed. On-air progressive analysts would counteract these errors.
Many liberals and Democrats watch MSNBC, but the Comcast-owned channel seems to have a bias against the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Segment after segment features contributors and pundits who are clearly allied with establishment, corporate Democrats — including an MSNBC legal analyst who recently proclaimed that “Bernie Sanders makes my skin crawl!” (though she couldn’t and didn’t explain why).
MSNBC and other mainstream outlets readily acknowledge the divide among Democrats between the establishment and progressive wings of the party. But MSNBC gives continuous voice to one side of that divide and rarely features contributors or analysts who support the party’s progressive side — represented by such leaders as Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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A recent commentary by a former MSNBC host persuasively criticized the channel for hurting Democratic chances against Trump by devoting months and months of coverage to “Russian conspiracy theories” while marginalizing “stories that a broad swath of people might actually care about -- healthcare, wages, the teachers movement, whether we’re going to war with Iran.”
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>> Katie Halper, FAIR: “MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias Makes It Forget How to Do Math”
>> Daily Beast: “Ex-Host Krystal Ball: MSNBC’s Russia ‘Conspiracies’ Have Done ‘Immeasurable Harm’ to the Left”
>> Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams: “Corporate Media Bias on 2020 Democratic Race Already in High Gear”
>> Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams: “Do U.S. Oligarchs Exist? Not in Mainstream Media”