Liberal blogger gone wild: Yesterday, Kevin Drum made a crazy statement.
In a truly outrageous post, he discussed last year’s decline in cable news viewership. Why might cable news be down? In the course of a semi-explanation, one of our favorites went wild:
DRUM (3/15/11): I don't really know what to make of this, but in a weird way I blame MSNBC. For a while, Fox was sui generis, and their viewers basked in the idea that they were part of an exclusive fraternity of insurgents fighting the liberal media monolith. Then MSNBC became the Fox of the left, and suddenly the liberal monolith was unmasked as.....Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann. Once prime time explicitly became just a battle of Team Right versus Team Left and Team Nothing, that made all the blowhardery just a little less special than it used to be in the good old days.
People, can Kevin Drum say that?
For ourselves, we wouldn’t call MSNBC “the Fox of the left.” We would say that MSNBC is rapidly adopting the strategies and tactics of Fox, while engaging in occasional conduct that looks a bit like lying. And yes, MSNBC is driven by “blowhardery” too! Indeed, some of Kevin’s commenters showed how effective this approach can be; they flew into action, reciting the various points which have been designed to reject such claims of moral equivalence. (Inevitable: “Fox News broadcasts misleading right wing propaganda, and MSNBC tries to set the record straight.”) That said, let’s note one of the Fox-y ways MSNBC can dumb us all down.
That's from Bob Somerby's piece today. And I disagree with him, I think the 'entertainment' from Fox and MSNBC are the exact same. (I draw a line between the night time nonsense and the actual reporting MSNBC does during the day.)
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