Red and Blue Cable News…
The LA Times’ Scott Collins writes about the viewing habits of the Democrat and Republican Conventions and interview Phil Griffin. I’ll just skip on down to the kicker quote at the end…
Whatever they say publicly, viewers don’t seem to mind the news media’s partisan divide, at least according to the numbers. Executives, however, tend to insist that the division is one-sided — and it’s all coming from the other side.
Fox News, not wanting to be branded a right-wing network, frequently points out that its election coverage features news anchors as opposed to pundits and its analysis includes commentary from liberals such as Juan Williams.
MSNBC, meanwhile, argues that Romney and other top GOP notables reliably appear on Fox News. MSNBC hasn’t even gotten an interview with Obama, Griffin says, although the president has sat down with Fox News, CNN and every broadcast network.
Viewing MSNBC as the liberal version of Fox News especially irks him. Griffin sees Fox News as ideological and MSNBC as more, well, fair and balanced. (Fox News declined to speak on the record.)
“When people say there’s some kind of equivalency there,” he said, “I go, ‘Really?’”
Echoes of the false equivalency arguments of Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes. But Griffin is kind of right that in certain aspects the two aren’t equal. FNC would never have its pundits anchor news events. FNC wouldn’t phone in the bulk of its primetime convention coverage from New York.
Not that either of those points is going to resonate with Griffin. Why would they? MSNBC just had its best ratings week in years doing things that way.