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As I have stated here in abundance, I was thrilled to hear that Air America Radio's Rachel Maddow landed her own show on MSNBC. Feel free to type her name into the search box above to see the many superlatives I've given her if you wish. But in the wave of joy heard across the blogosphere over the event, is much (mostly conservative) hand wringing.
They lament that MSNBC is now officially "the liberal channel," and that Maddow's hire is some sort of death knell of "objective news." News flash: cable news--at least the prime time shows--haven't been objective in a very long time. And they have been overwhelmingly conservative. I don't recall such strife over Tucker Carlson or Joe Scarborough. But they're conservative, something we're used to in cable news.
Get something straight, people. The "liberal media bias" dealie is a myth. There is exactly one liberal show in all of cable news right now, and that is Countdown with Keith Olbermann. And he's been known to skewer more than one liberal. Maddow brings the total to two (and I ain't buying that Chris Matthews' Hardball is liberal.)
The decay of serious journalism and Rachel Maddow's new show
. . .Over the past seven years, the following people have hosted prime-time cable news shows: Joe Scarborough (MSNBC), Michael Savage (MSNBC), Glenn Beck (CNN), Tucker Carlson (MSNBC), Nancy Grace (CNN), Bill O'Reilly (Fox) and Sean Hannity (Fox). None of that seemed to bother the likes of Zimmerman. None of that was depicted as the downfall of objective journalism or the destruction of civil, elevated, high-minded discourse. Quite the contrary, Zimmerman practically went into mourning when Tucker Carlson's MSNBC show was canceled. . .
Read more at: Salon.com