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.
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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