MSNBC is far more reliant on opinion coverage than any of its cable news rivals, a new study found.
The Pew Research Centers annual "State of the Media" study was released Monday. One section of the report — which, when taken in its totality, makes for very gloomy reading — deals with changes in the television news landscape over the past five years.
The studys authors found that, since 2007, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC have all cut back sharply on the amount of actual reporting found on their airwaves. Cheaper, more provocative debate or interview segments have largely filled the void. MSNBC, though, stands out from the pack, Pew said:
Pew found that Fox News spent 55 percent of the time on opinion and 45 percent of the time on reporting. Critics of that figure would likely contend that the networks straight news reporting tilts conservative, but it is true that Fox News has more shows that feature reporting packages than MSNBC does. The networks straight news hours — hosted by Chris Jansing, Thomas Roberts, Tamron Hall and Andrea Mitchell — are usually filled with interview segments or pundit debates.
Kyle Jason, Rachel Maddow and Al Franken during Al Franken CD Release Party for The OFranken Factor Factor: The Very Best of the OFranken Factor at City Bakery in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
DECISION 2008 -- IOWA CAUCUS -- Air Date 1/3/08 -- Pictured: Air Americas Rachel Maddow reports live coverage of Decision 2008 from the MSNBC newsroom in New York, New York on January 3, 2008 -- Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC NewsWire
DECISION 2008 -- IOWA CAUCUS -- Air Date 1/3/08 -- Pictured: (l-r) Newsweeks Howard Fineman and Air Americas Rachel Maddow report live coverage of Decision 2008 from the MSNBC newsroom in New York, New York on January 3, 2008 -- Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC NewsWire
MEET THE PRESS -- Airdate 08/16/09 --Pictured: Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBCs The Rachel Maddow Show appears on Meet the Press with moderator David Gregory in Washington, D.C., Sunday August 16, 2009. (Photo by William B. Plowman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN OBRIEN -- Air Date 07/29/2009 -- Episode 38 -- Pictured: (l-r) Talk show host Rachel Maddow during an interview with host Conan OBrien on July 29, 2009 -- Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: Rachel Maddow, Host, MSNBCs The Rachel Maddow Show appears on Meet the Press in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. (Photo by William B. Plowman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3841 -- Pictured: TV host Rachel Maddow on June 9, 2010 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW -- Pictured: (l-r) -- MSNBCs Rachel Maddow anchors live from Will McDonogh Memorial Park in New Orleans on August 26, 2010 to address the progress and struggles of the city, five years after Hurricane Katrina (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MSNBC SPECIALS -- The Day of Destruction, Decade of War -- Pictured: (l-r) Richard Engel, Rachel Maddow (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW -- The Jon Stewart Interview -- Pictured: (l-r) Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MSNBC Live -- Decision 2010 -- Pictured: Rachel Maddow, host é-·The Rachel Maddow Showé-· during Decision 2010 on November 2, 2010 (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Host Rachel Maddow of the television show The Rachel Maddow Show attends the NBC Universal portion of the 2009 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Universal Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: TV Personality Rachel Maddow attends The 2009 New Yorker Festival: Rachel Maddow Interview at Stage 37 on October 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 19: MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow (L) and Keith Olberman (2L) talk with White House Communications Director Anita Dunn (2R) and Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton (R) on the Circle Drive on the north side of the White House October 19, 2009 in Washington, DC. Dunn accepted the position of communications director on an interim basis only and plans to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to the Washington Post. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ANCHORAGE - OCTOBER 26: Television and radio personality Rachel Maddow (R) speaks with supporters of Republican candidate Joe Miller prior to his debate with write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Democratic candidate Scott McAdams hosted by The Alaska World Affairs Council and Rotary Clubs of Anchorage at the Denaina Convention Center October 26, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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