(Liberty Bell) – The mainstream media had a very hard time hiding their contempt for the Republican National Convention as they were forced to cover it. Of course, they had a blast gushing over the snooze-worthy Democratic National Convention, but the RNC triggered them to tears.
Newsbusters reports that of all the networks, MSNBC interrupted the RNC 600 times more than they did during the Democratic National Convention; some 201 minutes vs. just 21 seconds for the DNC.
Meanwhile, on CNN, the analysts and advertisements spent 78.5 minutes of the GOP convention, vs. just 12.5 minutes during the Democrats’ show, which the outlet says is a five-to-one disparity.
Because the Republican convention included about 100 minutes more content (682 minutes total) than the Democratic program (583), broadcast viewers actually saw more of it: 222 minutes on ABC and NBC, vs. 191 and 173 minutes for the Democrats, respectively. CBS showed 226 minutes of the GOP convention, vs. 159 for the Democrats. On average, the three broadcast networks let their viewers see about 33% of the Republican convention, vs. 30% for the Democratic convention — a pretty balanced scorecard.
Cable news networks like CNN and MSNBC, however, “essentially shut down” to let viewers see the whole span of the DNC, taking breaks only for short commercial break or musical performances and closing prayers (perhaps opting to avoid displaying the sheer irony of the DNC offering prayers for anything.)
During the key two hours of the Democrats’ show, CNN dropped out for 12 minutes, 31 seconds of advertising over four nights. MSNBC didn’t even do that, never once taking a commercial break; their only “interruption” was a 21-second mistake on Night Two, for which co-anchor Rachel Maddow profusely apologized: “We’re actually not interrupting. We’re going right back to it. We were just having a moment. Sorry! Right back. Sorry!”
Of course, if they had wanted to, these networks could have tried to protect their audience from Democratic misinformation. FactCheck.org, for example, found misleading claims emanating from Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. But the “watchdogs” at MSNBC and CNN never felt the need to break in.
But with the Republicans, CNN busted into the show 16 times for “analysis,” while MSNBC interrupted 28 times to mock or deride what had just been said. Add it all up, and CNN viewers missed out on 78.5 minutes of the convention program, while MSNBC concealed 201 minutes of the show.
CNN’s first night, for example, saw four interruptions for “analysis,” all of which was negative. MSNBC broke in six times to challenge the GOP program; co-anchor Rachel Maddow justified the rudeness: “It is our responsibility to not broadcast potentially dangerous misinformation.”