MSNBC's media bias rating is featured on the AllSides Media Bias Chart™.
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.
Table of Contents
- MSNBC Spread False Story About a Capitol Officer's Death
- MSNBC's Self-Proclaimed Progressive Bias
- Pew: MSNBC Audience Makeup as of 2014
- AllSides Community Feedback
- Third Party Claims of Bias
- About MSNBC
- Funding, Financing and Ownership
MSNBC Spread False Story About a Capitol Officer's Death
In 2021, MSNBC repeated the false story that Capitol police officer Brian D. Sicknick was beaten to death with fire extinguisher by Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. The story spread rapidly through the press after initially being reported by The New York Times. Some accused the outlet of spreading disinformation. AllSides details the charges of disinformation here.
MSNBC's Self-Proclaimed Progressive Bias
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]
Pew: MSNBC Audience Makeup as of 2014
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."
AllSides Community Feedback
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.
Third Party Claims of Bias
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.
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.
Financing and ownership information last updated February 22, 2021. If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.