MSNBC's media bias rating is Left.
Important Note: This page offers a media bias rating for online content on MSNBC.com only. AllSides does not rate the bias of broadcast TV or radio content.
Beginning in the mid-2000s, MSNBC's opinion programming increasingly reflected its concept of political progressivism. In October 2010, it publicly acknowledged this with a marketing campaign it called "Lean Forward." Further, in September 2013, MSNBC launched its revamped official website under the tagline, "What Progressives Have Been Waiting For." [Source: The Washington Times]
According to a 2014 Pew Research Study, "Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum," MSNBC's "overall audience composition skews to the left. Those to the left-of-center make up 49% of its audience."
As of July 2018, 2,118 AllSides readers agreed with this MSNBC.com media bias rating. As of October 2019, the majority of voters (5,580) agreed; 1,891 disagreed. Of those who disagreed, they believed on average that MSNBC has as Center bias, though very close to Lean Left.
A 2007 New York Times article, "Cable Channel Nods to Ratings and Leans Left," explored the channel's left-leaning nighttime cable lineup. It is important to emphasize that AllSides' media bias ratings are based only on the online/Web versions of media outlets. MSNBC's cable lineup is not considered in the AllSides media bias rating, yet MSNBC's online content is still Left.
MSNBC (stylized as msnbc) is an American basic cable and satellite channel that provides news coverage and political opinion on current events. It is owned by the NBCUniversal News Group.
Funding, Financing, and Ownership
Note: Funding and ownership is not taken into account when determining AllSides Media Bias Ratings. While it's true ownership and financial interests can affect what goes to print, our bias ratings are determined by assessing the bias of content only. We provide financial and ownership information as an FYI to our readers.
Updated November 23, 2020