Last night, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC led her show, “The Rachel Maddow Show”, with a defense of her network’s coverage of the “Bridgegate” scandal surrounding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Was she defending herself against Fox News attacks? Against the National Review? Against RedState.com or Breibart?
No, Rachel Maddow was defending her coverage of Bridgegate from criticism coming from her own network, the “liberal” option, MSNBC. You see, most people would describe the three networks like this- FOX on the right, MSNBC on the left, and CNN either in the middle, or not knowing where the hell it is, depending on who you ask.
But that’s not really at all what we have. In FOX, we have a true cable conglomerate of the right. From the time when news anchors “accidentally” began reading a lists of talking points that, it turned out, were actually verbatim Republican party talking points released by the National party, to the time FOX hyped and funded Tea Party rallies to get the ball rolling on the organization, nobody doubts that FOX is the channel for the Republican party.
On the left, MSNBC is supposed to be the same thing. Throughout the Bridgegate scandal, whenever the Christie people have been looking to show themselves as the victim, it has been the liberal media that was blamed, and MSNBC that was singled out above the rest.
But as the link above shows, in no way does MSNBC compare with Faux news. Lets start with the morning program, where Maddow did last night.
That show, entitled “Morning Joe”, is hosted by former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough. Scarborough, though more moderate than nearly any elected Republican these days, is still far, FAR, more conservative than anyone on Fox is liberal. Furthermore, unlike Fox, which will openly root for Republican causes and candidates, Scarborough regularly takes the Obama administration to task, as a good journalist should. Fox, on the other hand, brought us repeated features on how helpful torture is as a tactic to glean information, showed us how well the Iraq war was going, and then later on decried the brutal terrorist attack and cover up that took place in Behghazi.
The fact that people compare MSNBC and FOX News is an absolute joke. In FOX, you have a “news” station that exists solely to pump up the Republican party and the conservative ideology. The head of the station, Roger Ailes, is a well-known, major Republican donor, and his news anchors actually read their party’s talking points VERBATIM on air. In MSNBC on the other hand, you have a station that seeks to cover the news, from a center left perspective.
What’s more, MSNBC allows a former elected member of the OPPOSITE PARTY to HOST their all-important morning show, and that Republican uses his medium to criticize the President and the Obama administration regularly. At the same time of day, Fox news is also criticizing President Obama, but they did NOTHING OF THE SORT when their own man, George W. Bush, was in office.
I could go on an on about other ways that the conventional wisdom of MSNBC being the liberal equivalent of FOX news is dead wrong. There’s the time MSNBC apologized profusely and fired an employee about insensitive Tweets towards the right wing. There’s the fact that MSNBC fired its most liberal newscaster, Keith Olberman, basically for being too liberal. Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Mike Huckabee, Chris Wallace, Bill O’Reilly, and Neil Cavuto, though? They’re still safe over at FOX, they don’t have to worry about being too conservative. And there’s the fact that, Fox, NBC, or CNN, all of these stations are owned by major corporations who donate to the party of big business, so the bosses at ALL of these channels are conservatives. But I won’t go on and on like that, because you already know that I’m right.