Are some CNN and MSNBC shows too partisan for the New York Times? Yes, it turns out…

Vanity Fair wrote a piece yesterday evening that reveals how some of the opinion shows on CNN and MSNBC are so partisan that they are preventing some of their journalists from appearing on them:

On Sunday, May 19, New York Times finance editor David Enrich got a request from a producer at MSNBC to appear on Rachel Maddow’s show the following night. Enrich had a red-hot front-page story for Monday’s paper, about anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank flagging suspicious transactions involving Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, and Maddow wanted to bring him on air to talk about it.

Maddow is MSNBC’s ratings queen, jostling with Sean Hannity every night for the crown of most-watched time slot in cable news. That’s why reporters tend to relish the exposure they get from doing her show. Enrich said yes, but after mentioning the planned appearance to the Times’s communications department, he was told he would have to retroactively decline. The reason? The Times was wary of how viewers might perceive a down-the-middle journalist like Enrich talking politics with a mega-ideological host like Maddow. The producer, who was informed that the Times asks members of the newsroom not to appear on opinionated shows to discuss political subjects, was miffed about the cancellation, sources said. Enrich declined to comment.

It’s not just Maddow. The Times has come to “prefer,” as sources put it, that its reporters steer clear of any cable-news shows that the masthead perceives as too partisan, and managers have lately been advising people not to go on what they see as highly opinionated programs. It’s not clear how many shows fall under that umbrella in the eyes of Times brass, but two others that definitely do are Lawrence O’Donnell’s and Don Lemon’s, according to people familiar with management’s thinking.



If the New York Times, a left-wing paper, is preventing its reporters from going on these left-wing opinion shows, what does that say about CNN and MSNBC?

The Times feels the same about opinion shows on Fox News, right? Well maybe. But as Vanity Fair points out, the New York Times doesn’t normally send people to opinion shows on Fox News:

Hannity’s or Tucker Carlson’s shows would likewise make the cut, but it’s not like Times reporters ever do those anyway. I’m told that over the past couple of months, executive editor Dean Baquet has felt that opinionated cable-news show are getting, well, even more opinionated. Baquet and other managers have become increasingly concerned that if a Times reporter were to go on one of these shows, his or her appearance could be perceived as being aligned with that show’s political leanings.

The point is that these big prime-time opinion shows on CNN and MSNBC have become so toxic in the age of Trump that even the New York Times is worried about their reputation if their reporters appear on these shows. Wow.

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14 thoughts on “Are some CNN and MSNBC shows too partisan for the New York Times? Yes, it turns out…

  1. If the New York Times is worried about their reputation, then they’d quit lying so much.

  2. Pot calling the kettle black. I don’t think it’s the bias that irks them. They have the same bias. It’s how it’s presented. The NYT is always professional while CNN and MSNBC have some wackos on them that don’t even attempt to appear objective. I think it’s more a case of lefties not wanting to associate with the far lefties that are overcome with TDS.

  3. I really thought this would get more comments. I’m kinda surprised that it isn’t.

    1. I think everyone is just not surprised about anything anymore. When you’re numb to all of the false flags and fake news, there isn’t much to get excited about.
      We all know you have to think for yourself now and that everyone you listen to and everything you read has an agenda behind it.
      There is no mainstream source for honest journalism anymore. Period.

  4. The New York Slimes has no reputation to worry about. They gave up their integrity a long time ago.

  5. This is the NYT trying to hide the ball. They’ll keep hiring and employing people like Sarah Jeong (yes, I know that she’s on the opinion side), but they want to be able to claim that they’re objective.

  6. We saw this during the Reagan years. Liberal news outlets like the NYTimes got tired of being called out for their liberal bias, and eventually changed slightly to give less extremely biased coverage of the Reagan administration.

    Trump’s all-out assault on the liberal media and the fake news industry is working, it just takes time and persistence on his part. Trump should not handle it like Bush Sr. or GW Bush – who really gave up on combating the liberal press, and let the MSM craft most of the narratives.

  7. Pot calling the kettle black. I don’t think it’s the bias that irks them. They have the same bias. It’s how it’s presented. The NYT is always professional while CNN and MSNBC have some wackos on them that don’t even attempt to appear objective. I think it’s more a case of lefties not wanting to associate with the far lefties that are overcome with TDS.

  8. The New York Slimes has no reputation to worry about. They gave up their integrity a long time ago.

  9. This is the NYT trying to hide the ball. They’ll keep hiring and employing people like Sarah Jeong (yes, I know that she’s on the opinion side), but they want to be able to claim that they’re objective.

  10. I really thought this would get more comments. I’m kinda surprised that it isn’t.

    1. I think everyone is just not surprised about anything anymore. When you’re numb to all of the false flags and fake news, there isn’t much to get excited about.
      We all know you have to think for yourself now and that everyone you listen to and everything you read has an agenda behind it.
      There is no mainstream source for honest journalism anymore. Period.

  11. If the New York Times is worried about their reputation, then they’d quit lying so much.

  12. We saw this during the Reagan years. Liberal news outlets like the NYTimes got tired of being called out for their liberal bias, and eventually changed slightly to give less extremely biased coverage of the Reagan administration.

    Trump’s all-out assault on the liberal media and the fake news industry is working, it just takes time and persistence on his part. Trump should not handle it like Bush Sr. or GW Bush – who really gave up on combating the liberal press, and let the MSM craft most of the narratives.

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