The very fact that Rachel calls her show "liberal" is far more than FOX has ever admitted about its network being conservative. That's the difference - Rachel and Keith are honest and up front about where they're coming from. FOX is not.
But it's far more than that.
1. Rachel and Keith don't routinely lie.
2. They're not bat-shit crazy.
3. Rachel's and Keith's liberal views are not echoed in MSNBC's news coverage. On FOX, the "news" hosts push the same conservative talking points as the "opinion" hosts.
4. MSNBC doesn't just have three hours of liberal programming in the evening. The NYT fails to tells its readers that MSNBC also has three hours of conservative programming in the morning, with former arch-Republican congressman Joe Scarborough. Kind of relevant, since it means that MSNBC splits its partisan programming 50-50. FOX has no liberal hosts, period, and when they did have one, for one hour (Alan Colmes), he had to share his show with an outspoken conservative who wouldn't shut up.
If President Obama happened to glance at “The Rachel Maddow Show” last Monday, he might have winced.Howie P.S.: I guess MSNBC really doesn't want to be the lefty's FAUX; it says so in The New York Times. The article is wrong about one thing though: Ed Schultz has never been part of Air America and if you listen to his show today, I'll bet you ten bucks he says so.
Ms. Maddow pretended to celebrate the passage of a health care overhaul bill in the House, calling it “potentially a huge generational win for the Democratic Party” — but then halted the triumphant music and called it an “electoral defeat.”On her show, she has criticized Fox News for seeming to promote tea party rallies denouncing the administration this year, and the Fox host Glenn Beck, who has promoted a “9/12 Project,” intended, he says, to restore the values that Americans sensed immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“I don’t have a constituency,” she said. “I’m not trying to form a — what would it be? — a ‘9/10’ movement.”