Pew: MSNBC’s coverage of Romney more negative than Fox’s of Obama
posted at 1:31 pm on November 2, 2012 by Allahpundit
If you understand MSNBC as an attempt to counterprogram the liberal caricature of Fox News rather than the actual Fox News, this is unsurprising:
According to Pew, four years ago the numbers for Fox and MSNBC were essentially mirror images of each other vis-a-vis Obama and McCain. If you notice the dates in the graphic, you might be tempted to conclude that the negativity was driven by Romney’s fading polls during September. Not so. If that’s the case, then his resurrection after the Mile-High Massacre on October 3 should have cut sharply into the positive/negative gap. And besides, per Pew, his numbers were actually worse on MSNBC in non-horserace coverage:
MSNBC was especially negative in its treatment of Romney’s policy prescriptions. Fully 75% of the stories focused on Romney’s policies were negative compared with 1% that were positive. For Obama, by comparison, 32% of policy stories were favorable while 18% were negative.
I must have missed the one percent that were positive, unless they ran those in the first half-hour of Scarborough’s show at 6 a.m. to clear the way for the rest of the day. Exit question: How is it that Obama’s coverage from late August to late October was nearly even on CNN and positive (of course) on MSNBC when that period overlaps almost perfectly with the drip-drip-drip of Benghazi revelations?