Which news channel is better: MSNBC or CNN? | The Tylt
Which news channel is better: MSNBC or CNN?
MSNBC and CNN broke viewership records in 2017, pulling in an average of 1.62 million and 1.06 millions viewers respectively.
For the period beginning Dec. 26, 2016 and ending Dec. 17, 2017, Fox News was on top in both primetime and total day viewership, but MSNBC posted the biggest percentage gains in the key measures. CNN also posted its highest ratings on record in total day in the demo and total viewers for the year. In primetime, CNN had its second most watched year since 2008, also in both measures.
President Trump has repeatedly attacked both CNN and MSNBC, labeling the networks as "Fake News."
Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day - Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting.
Many are excited to see the liberal-leaning MSNBC break records. Last year Rachel Maddow became the most popular primetime news host in television, tripling her audience from 849,000 in 2014 to 2.3 million in 2017. Maddow's coverage of the Trump administration has been well-received by many, and her unapologetic liberalism hasn't gotten in the way of her success.
Maddow–a self-declared liberal and the first openly gay anchor to host a major prime-time news programme in the US–said her rule for covering the Trump administration was: “Don't pay attention to what they say, focus on what they do...because it's easier to cover a fast-moving story when you're not distracted by whatever the White House denials are."
Many new viewers are choosing MSNBC over CNN. In Vox, Carlos Maza argues this is in part because CNN "treats politics like a sport" and "cares more about fighting and drama than it does about serious truth telling."
CNN has played an important role in mainstreaming and normalizing Trump’s misinformation, thanks in large part to the small army of Trump surrogates the network has hired to defend the president during panel debates... That politics-as-sport approach has placed a heavy emphasis on drama, with much of CNN’s programming revolving around sensationalist arguments between hosts, guests, and paid pundits.
MSNBC, on the other hand, has far less panel-based news with commentators shouting talking points. Their primetime line-up includes programs that contain solid reporting, fewer talking heads and in-depth analysis. It is no wonder MSNBC is the favorite of many liberals.
That being said, CNN has received the lion's share of attacks from President Trump, which is why many have bunkered down in defense of the network. Trump infamously tweeted a meme of him physically attacking CNN with the hashtag #FraudNewsCNN, and has gone after multiple CNN journalists. For these reasons, CNN fans have become more vocal in defense of the news channel.
“It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” the network said in a statement. “Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”
Sure, CNN isn't as liberal as MSNBC, but they do their best to be fair and take their "Most Trusted Name In News" slogan seriously. Some argue MSNBC is just the liberal version of Fox News, and CNN at least includes conservative commentators on their shows regularly. Unlike MSNBC, their primetime spots typically rely on interviews and guests, rather than a single left-leaning individual giving a monologue. As explained in The Wrap:
[MSNBC’s] lineup of Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell hold Trump accountable on a nightly basis. While CNN isn’t exactly pro-Trump during primetime, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon are anchors who typically rely on interviews and guests, as opposed to the MSNBC hosts who have been attracting viewers by opening shows with powerful left-leaning political monologues.
CNN may not be as openly liberal as MSNBC, but that it precisely what CNN fans love about it.