On Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said he wasn’t surprised by a new Pew Research Center study that found MSNBC is substantially more opinionated than CNN and Fox News.
According to the study, CNN’s ratio of reporting to opinion is 56 percent to 46 percent, followed by Fox News with 45 percent to 55 percent, and MSNBC with 15 percent to a whopping 85 percent.
“That study tells me that the sun rises in the East,” Krauthammer said. “Everybody knows that MSNBC is all opinion. Even the slogan ‘Lean Forward’ is just a way of saying ‘lean left.’”
“People want to believe that [Fox is biased] because Fox has such influence,” he added. “They have to say that it’s nothing except opinion. But, in fact, it’s not. Just watch it for one day. You see the [Bret] Baier show — six o’clock evening news. It’s the best news on television, network or cable.”
Host Bill O’Reilly said broadcast television journalism is suffering, both nationally and locally.
“You are right — part of it is that there is much less money,” Krauthammer agreed. “The other part of it is ideological. You look at Steve Kroft interview with Obama and [Hillary] Clinton. That’s humiliating. You wouldn’t have seen that on ‘60 Minutes’ back 40 years ago. They would have been ashamed to put something on like that.”