Imagine campaign events happening in 22 states at the same time, and that at such contests, two liberals, two conservatives, and one moderate candidate are vying for the public's votes.
You would expect the words "liberal" and "conservative" to be equally interspersed in media coverage of these events if indeed press outlets were impartial, right?
Well, count MSNBC out of this logical calculus, for on Tuesday evening, the unabashedly left-leaning cable news network actually used the word "conservative" tens times as much as "liberal."
In fact, the actual tally for these descriptives during MSNBC's Super Tuesday primary coverage was (h/t NBer Gary Hall):
- Liberal -- fifteen
- Conservative -- 155
Now, for the cynical that might think anchors Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann used the code word "progressive" to disguise the real political leaning of those they clearly esteem, this word only showed up once in the entire transcript.
Regardless, the good news -- other than the abysmal ratings of this disgrace of a network -- is that at least the folks at MSNBC aren't trying to hide their biases.
To paraphrase Carl Spackler, "They've got that going for them, which is nice!"