Conservative Media Bias in Inaugural Coverage?
Liberal press watchdog Media Matters counted noses on the cable news networks and found No room for progressives on primetime in inauguration coverage:
Republican and conservative guests and commentators outnumbered Democrats and progressives on FOX News, CNN, and MSNBC during primetime inauguration coverage on January 20, just as they had done earlier in the day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, as Media Matters for America documented. Appearances made by Republicans and conservatives outnumbered appearances made by Democrats and progressives 25 to 4 on FOX, 7 to 1 on CNN (not including a Republican-skewed panel featuring Ohio voters), and 9 to 5 on MSNBC.
Could it be that this was because it’s the inauguration of a Republican president and considered a day for political pageantry rather than partisan bickering? Had Kerry won, I certainly would not have expected equal time for Republican commentators saying what a dark day this was for the Republic. There’s a time and a place for everything. Funerals, inaugurals, and wedding days are times when equal time for opposing viewpoints is inappropriate.