MSNBC Almost ‘A Bona Fide Organ of State Propaganda’

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

Almost? They’ve been in the bag for years now.


MSNBC has long been as bad as Fox News when it comes to ideological bias. But with the hiring of longtime Team Obama loyalists David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, it’s official: MSNBC is worse.

The cable channel that flies under the banner of NBC News is now all but a bona fide organ of state propaganda, an information channel that speaks in the same dominant voice as the folks running the government–and tries to mask what it is up to.

I didn’t plan on getting all free-press-and-democracy amped up about the hirings until I saw Axelrod with Andrea Mitchell last week in his first appearance on MSNBC. It was Echo Chamber Politics 101 with Axelrod characterizing some Republicans in Congress as irrationally wanting the draconian cuts of the sequester –as “dangerous” as that thinking is.

Mitchell starts out a remote interview with Axelrod, who was in Chicago, by asking about the sequester set to take effect Friday.

“Remember,” he says, “the cuts put into place were so odious it was thought no rational legislator, no rational government official, would allow it to happen.”

Of course as we all know the sequester was Obama’s idea, but why would anyone expect this propagandist to mention that?

As Mitchell starts to pivot to another issue with a new question, Axelrod interrupts her with, “One more thing, Andrea. There is a belief among some Republicans in Congress that maybe this sequester’s all right. Maybe this is another way of shrinking government in a dramatic way. That’s a dangerous idea, but it’s not uncommon in some quarters on Capitol Hill.”

“No doubt,” Mitchell says, placing a cherry atop this propaganda sundae.

Rhetorical Criticism 101:  Republican members of Congress are not rational, they have “dangerous” thoughts and they do “odious” things to the American people.

Shouldn’t we instead be hearing how dangerous Obama is considering the sequester is his baby?

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9 Responses to “MSNBC Almost ‘A Bona Fide Organ of State Propaganda’”

  1. Bias on 25/25/13 at 9:23 am

    Fox News has SOME Republicans viewpoints.
    NBC has 99% Democrat viewpoints.

    Only is psycholand is that the same.

  2. Nick Shaw on 25/25/13 at 9:45 am

    The good thing is, state run propaganda networks lose viewers in direct proportion to the number of choices offered that are not state sponsored.
    Expect to see NBC and MSNBC lose more viewers.
    People may be “stupid” but, even the stupid know when they are being conned eventually.
    Or they get bored.

  3. Steve S. on 25/25/13 at 9:52 am

    The Dems could have proposed alternates, or even debated / amended the ones the Republicans put forward. Why aren’t they irrational, or odious or dangerous? (Yes, yes – I know)

    It isn’t the profound bias that annoys; it’s the lies and the hypocrisy. And the stupidity : to argue with a Proggie, you really have to take them back to about 5th grade. Their lack of comprehension of the simplest things is appalling and disheartening. For instance, the NYT writers churn out tens of thousands of words on AGW and carbon footprints but not once even mention photosynthesis. Arguing with a Prog is truly a case of “Oh God, where do I even begin?”

  4. Barton on 25/25/13 at 10:18 am

    Whay are you people still feeding and promoting these liars? Unplug from the National Ritalin Tube and let them all dry up and die.

  5. DanB on 25/25/13 at 10:20 am

    It isn’t almost ‘A Bona Fide Organ of State Propaganda’, it’s almost ‘A Bona Fide Organ of Democratic Propaganda’. Believe me, once a Republican gets into the Oval Office, criticism and investigative journalism will make an amazing comeback.

  6. JohnInMA on 25/25/13 at 12:00 pm

    One wonders if Comcast will have any influence on the cable station once they finalize the full purchase of NBCUniversal. And one also wonders if the full ownership of MSNBC will influence the decision of other service providers to include it (DISH, Time-Warner, etc.). It’s not like it is a must have given the daily viewership. It’s not as bad as a CNN, but it’s not an FNC either.

    It will be interesting to watch. Well, maybe not watch… will be interesting to READ what comes in the future….

  7. DavidM on 25/25/13 at 1:11 pm

    Our spending today is 20% higher than it was in 2008.

    So I guess we didn’t have policemen, firemen, teachers or air traffic controllers in 2008?

    These cuts are nothing of the sort, they are reductions in spending increases already slated to occur.