MSNBC Runs More 'Opinion' Stories Than Fox News

Only CNN runs mostly straight news: Pew study

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 18, 2013 3:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – Sorry, Fox-haters: MSNBC runs more opinionated programming than its conservative cable-news counterpart, according to a Pew study. Fox News still runs more opinionated coverage than straight news, but that's 55% opinion to 45% news, as compared to 85% opinion and 15% reporting at MSNBC, reports Mediaite. Pew found that of the three cable news giants, only CNN runs mostly straight news (54%). Pew also found that:

  • Live-event coverage has fallen in daytime programming, from 33% in 2007 to 23% in 2012, while airtime for interviews has jumped from 39% to 51%.
  • Story length has fallen sharply since 1998-2002, from 31% of stories lasting more than a minute to only 20% exceeding a minute in 2012.
  • Time given to traffic, weather, and sports has risen from 32% in 2005 to 40% in 2012.
Click for Pew's full study.

In this Sept. 23, 2008 file image originally released by MSNBC, Rachel Maddow from MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," is shown.   (AP Photo/MSNBC, Ali Goldstein)
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