Dylan Byers, Politico’s media reporter, admitted there is a left-wing bias in most political journalism and warned about the “radical, somewhat irresponsible opinion” routinely peddled by liberal cable news network MSNBC.
Byers spoke Tuesday night with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about Karl Rove’s recent comment suggesting that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage from an earlier fall. Journalists from a variety of outlets condemned the remarks, but Hewitt noted that left-wing commentators often get away with points that are far more offensive.
“Look, I’m not denying it,” Byers agreed. “There is a different sort of reaction among the mainstream media to when conservatives do things, and you know, when liberals or progressives do things.”
“And so I think you could easily have written 30 stories on outrageous things,” Hewitt said. “Ed Schultz posted some crazy thing about gays and Nazi Germany yesterday. Did you see that?”
“No, I did not, but I don’t doubt it,” Byers replied (Schultz tweeted that “Gay people were really the ones being persecuted in Hitler’s Germany”).
“Every day you can go to MSNBC and find just canned crazy, right?” Hewitt asked.
Byers pulled no punches. “Oh, yeah, well, especially I think once you get into the, once you get into that sort of late afternoon hour and you’re talking about your Ed Schultz and your Al Sharptons,” he claimed. “You’re getting into very, very dangerous, very dangerous territory.”
“I mean, you know, it’s terrible,” the media reporter continued. “And I think MSNBC is trying to keep some semblance of news earlier in the day, but it’s just sort of like radical and somewhat irresponsible opinion is invading more and more of their daytime lineup.”
Byers isn’t the first mainstream journalist to criticize MSNBC’s radical left-wing turn. Last month, Time magazine columnist Joe Klein called the network out for employing Al Sharpton — “who I still consider to be a major criminal” — and claimed that the only place to get real news at 6 PM is Fox News.
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