If you are looking for the number one cable news channel, turn to MSNBC. MSNBC is number one in opinion based news.
A Pew Study examined Cable news and found that MSNBC (who calls Fox News the Media arm of the Republican Party) is clearly the most opinionated (see graph).
If you’re like most cable news viewers, you probably think the channel you favor has a monopoly on the facts and the other ones are nothing more than a bunch of ranting. In fact, which cable network is the most opinionated is not a matter of opinion. It’s MSNBC.
A full 85% of the Comcast-owned network’s coverage can be classified as opinion or commentary rather than straight news, according to the authors of the Pew Research Center’s annual State of the News Media report.
CNN and Fox News Channel, meanwhile, fall much closer to a 50/50 distribution, with Fox News skewing somewhat more heavily toward opinion. Here are the breakdowns:
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MSNBC, meanwhile, was still smoothing out the implications of its embrace of a liberal point of view to complement its traditional newsgathering and reporting, leveraged by the resources of NBC News. In September, MSNBC.com was renamed NBCNews.com to clarify some branding issues. The MSNBC.com name was a holdover from the days of the website’s joint ownership with Microsoft, though the content on the site represented all of NBC News, not just the cable channel. As the MSNBC news channel became associated more and more with a liberal point of view, there were concerns among NBC News executives that their web presence would be viewed as deriving only from the more ideological cable network. The rebranding was an effort to promote the more established newsgathering institution as distinct from the progressive cable news channel.34
But judging from the programming decisions at MSNBC in 2012, the discomfort of mixing openly opinionated hosts with traditional newsgathering roles had eased. During the 2008 campaign, opinion hosts were barred from anchoring convention coverage, and at the time, some NBC News personnel expressed concern that the ideological flavor of MSNBC was tainting NBC News over all. By 2012, those concerns seemed to lessen, with openly liberal hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews anchoring convention coverage without any visible handwringing at the network. And MSNBC’s daytime programming, once the domain of more traditional news reporting, gave way to more panel-style opinion shows such as The Cycle.