Liberal and liberaler
MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two politically incendiary hosts, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel’s coverage of the election.
That experiment appears to be over. It was impossible to expect evenhandedness from the pair.
Accusations of blatant political bias and simmering animosity between MSNBC and its parent network NBC, caused the channel to reconfigure, placing NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory as anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night. Olbermann, a hero with left-leaning viewers and the contentious Matthews will remain as analysts during the coverage.
The change – which comes in the home stretch of the long election cycle – is a direct result of tensions associated with the channel’s shift to the political left.
The success of the Fox News Channel in the past decade along with the growth of political blogs have convinced many media companies that provocative commentary attracts viewers and lures Web browsers more than straight news delivered dispassionately.
But when GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin decried media bias during her RNC speech, attendees of the Republican convention loudly chanted “NBC.”
Read the New York Times report.