MSNBC's recent success is a thorn in the side of its competitors, the politicians who accuse the network of bias, and an unlikely third party—NBC News. The cable network's opinionated anchors and the broadcast sibling's more traditional approach are increasingly entangled, the AP reports, and critics don't share the NBC News president's confidence that viewers can make the distinction.
"The mission of NBC News hasn't changed. The difference is that MSNBC has had some success, and success comes with attention and scrutiny," said Steve Capus. "We must be doing something right if people are squawking on both sides of the aisle."