Fox News, MSNBC, and Media Bias

It's not how many positive or negative stories a network does, but the quality of the reporting that matters ["Fox News Less Biased Than CNN, MSNBC in White House Coverage," usnews.com]!

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It's not how many positive or negative stories a network does, but the quality of the reporting that matters ["Fox News Less Biased Than CNN, MSNBC in White House Coverage," usnews.com]! If the quality is good, then who cares if there's a disparity in positive/negative stories between certain political leaders?! Fox News does not lead in quality of reporting. Glenn Beck for instance is less of a news spokesperson and more of a "TV personality." The news has always been more about feeding us ideology than facts.

Comment by James of MD

You would have to be a fool to question whether Fox News has a right-wing bias or not. It is so blatantly apparent after spending virtually any amount of time watching it, that it is ridiculous to even debate it. In fact, it would be as ridiculous as suggesting that MSNBC doesn't have a left-wing bias. If you're looking for facts, try the BBC, PBS, CBC, or other organizations that aren't manipulated by corporate intrusion or dominated by talking heads starting every sentence with the words "I think." Also, if your news sources are essentially just cheerleaders for your political beliefs, you need to stop watching them, because they are making you part of the problem.

Comment by G. Dub of AZ

This subject would be laughable if it wasn't so serious. For the federal government to create an enemies list on a news agency is troublesome. I thought Obama was the next JFK or Abe Lincoln, not Richard Nixon! The left-wingers who hate Fox I'm sure think [Keith] Olbermann and his buddies at MSNBC always speak the truth and are never biased for Democrats and that is ridiculous. It is not even close who is more biased. Open-minded and clear-thinking people despise hypocrisy. If the left keeps this garbage up, this country will have another Civil War.

Comment by Joe of MA

The flawed logic is that you can estimate bias by counting up positive and negative stories. People and political parties that do more negative things get more negative coverage. The way to determine bias is to actually look at the content of every report and see whether it is accurate or slanted. The only alternative is to make the absurd assumption that the only truthful journalism comes out with just as many good stories as bad ones for each party or individual. No one really believes that. And can Cary be serious when she describes Fox News as a "news outlet?!" It delivers propaganda, not news.

Comment by James Coley of NC

It is self-evident that Fox News has an ideological agenda that it unabashedly pursues, rendering it anything but "fair and balanced." Fox is certainly entitled to its editorial views but crosses the line when it distorts news coverage to score ideological points. Fox should establish a strong barrier between news and editorial content. Of course, this will not happen if its goal is to cater to right-of-center viewers.

Comment by Paul Kellett of MI

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