Michael Calderone, Huffington Post - In the final week of the 2012 election, MSNBC ran no negative stories about President Barack Obama and no positive stories about Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
...Former President Bill Clinton remarked earlier this year that MSNBC "really has become our version of Fox," the conservative cable network owned by Rupert Murdoch and run by veteran Republican operative Roger Ailes.
... Clearly, there are differences, such as Fox News giving significant airtime to contributors like political consultant Dick Morris, who acknowledged after the election that he had tailored his analysis to cheer up Republicans, and Karl Rove, perhaps the most powerful Republican operative.
.... "If the Democratic National Committee were to own a network and
produce news programming designed to promote the party, it would look
exactly like what MSNBC has become," said Glenn Greenwald, who writes on civil liberties and national security for The Guardian.
In an interview, Greenwald acknowledged that Hayes and Maddow have
challenged the Democratic establishment position on occasion, but said
the latter seemed more willing to do so in the past as a host on Air
America, the defunct liberal radio network, and early on in her MSNBC
career. "She used to criticize Democrats from the left constantly,"
Greenwald said. "Now she does extremely rarely."
....Matt Stoller, a fellow at the progressive Roosevelt Institute who had
consulted for Dylan Ratigan's former MSNBC show, similarly said that the
network's evening line-up is now "just part of the Democratic Party"
and serves primarily as a "partisan organizing vehicle."
If there are issues the Democratic establishment doesn't want to
discuss, Stoller said, it's unlikely MSNBC's hosts will either -- from
the financial system to foreign policy. "It's a pro-Wall Street, pro-war
narrative," he said. "It just happens to be the blue version of it."