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Even CJR Can Say Something Important (Even if it is 30 paragraphs deep)

Posted by iusbvision on March 15, 2010

As you all know, I am hard on Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) they claim to be the standard for the journalism profession, but as we have reported here several times using CJR’s own content, they are nearly a public relations disinformation arm for the Democratic National Committee, most obviously so near election time.

After pointing some of these things out, CJR removed me from their mailing list, which I find rather amusing.

In CJR’s 438, 234th piece trashing Fox News by Tery McDermott they actually said something important about 30 paragraph’s in about MSNBC:

In essence, MSNBC has no news operation whatsoever. It has about half the total staff that Fox employs, roughly one-sixth that of CNN, but none of these people are reporters. It is almost purely a talk network. It regularly runs even less news content than Fox. In primetime, it runs none at all. At 7 p.m., when Fox and CNN are running hour-long newscasts, MSNBC airs a re-run of Chris Matthews’s interview show, Hardball. Even when it puts news on the air, the content is almost entirely drawn from its corporate big brother, NBC, and NBC’s news operation pales compared to that of CNN.

What I find amusing that the commenters pointed out examples of the the gross misconduct of MSNBC and took CJR to task:

One commenter pointed to when MSNBC did THIS.

This is clearly opinion and partisan at that, which makes you guilty of what you accuse Fox of doing. Rather amusing.

Pot… kettle.. black..


“The national Republican Party has shrunk to a narrow base with no apparent agenda other than to oppose everything the Obama administration proposes.”

I’m gonna make a wild guess – call it a hunch – that our reporter Terry is not a Republican. Probably for him spending one night watching Fox is worse than having root canal.

Flip Terry’s statement the other way and this is exactly the sort of thing that Hannity espouses every night. The difference is that Terry actually fancies himself as an unbiased observer.



By the way, the BIG story that CJR and other media critics keep ignoring is this: MSNBC and NBC curry favor with the Obama administration with fawning stories and commentaries 24/7.

And it is no secret that, a year ago, Jeff Immelt and Jeff Zucker met with many of the journalists/editors at CNBC and told them to back off on their hard-hitting criticisms of the Obama administration. Since that time, the CNBC have added more liberal analysts and take extra care to get the liberal perspective on economy/market issues. I know, because I watch it quite often.

Now, why hasn’t anyone questioned this HUGE conflict of interest? GE, the parent company of these networks, wants to get billions of dollars worth of contracts from the Obama administration for carbon trading, education consulting, and so on.

This could be the biggest conflict of interest in financial terms ever in the nation’s history, and our media watchdogs simply yawn and look the other way. Amazing.



“It’s worth noting that MSNBC languished in the cable news ratings competition until becoming more sharply opinionated, in that way becoming a left-leaning analog to Fox. It’s highly doubtful this change was due to political considerations. In other ways, though, MSNBC is not a Fox analog at all. Although its overall operation is sharply to the left of Fox, it offers a wider array of guests and doesn’t completely shut out Republicans. Matthews, for example, on the day in question conducted a friendly interview with two Tea Party Republican activists. The existence of Morning Joe, starring outspoken conservative Joe Scarborough, on MSNBC’s morning air offers further evidence.”

This paragraph propounds several falsehoods. First, MSNBC’s ratings for its left-wing ranter Kieth Olbermann are worse than ever, and MSNBC consistently ranks third and fourth among the cable news networks while Fox News consistently ranks first and has done for many years.

( March 8, 2010

P2+ Total Day:
FNC – 1,401,000 viewers
CNN – 425,000 viewers
MSNBC –379,000 viewers
CNBC – 215,000 viewers
HLN – 317,000 viewers

P2+ Prime Time
FNC – 2,863,000 viewers
CNN – 651,000 viewers
MSNBC –930,000 viewers
CNBC – 308,000 viewers
HLN –544,000 viewers


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