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Marjorie McNeil’s letter to the editor (“Editorial was right-wing bile,” Dec. 4) was well-written and contained both facts and opinion. While one is entitled to an opinion without any research statistics to back it up, when one states facts there should be data to back up the facts.

In November, the Pew Research Center surveyed the information being broadcast on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

The results of the survey (plus or minus 5 percent) are as follows:

• CNN broadcasts consisted of 46 percent opinion and 54 percent news;

• Fox News broadcasts consisted of 55 percent opinion and 45 percent news;

• MSNBC broadcasts consisted of 85 percent opinion and 15 percent news.

In my opinion, it appears that Ms. McNeil has been getting her facts from MSNBC.

Art Denney

North Augusta, S.C.

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Bodhisattva 12/16/13 - 07:07 am
For the historical data

For the historical data regarding the three cable news stations (CNN, Fox News and MSNBC), a large sample of weekday programming was examined during the first five months of 2007 and 2012. That sample included a half-hour sample of afternoon programming (2:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time) along with the first 30 minutes of many of the general news-focused programs during the evening hours. In order to make sure the half-hour sampling of afternoon cable news was representative of daytime cable news, Pew Research examined an additional three full days of cable in late 2012. The data from those three days suggest that the 2:00-2:30 p.m. time slot is representative of daytime programming in general.

For the first five months of 2012, Pew Research analyzed 6,472 stories over the course of 267 hours of cable programming (not including commercials or previews.) In 2007, Pew Research coded 9,655 stories over the course of 377 hours. When that is combined with the three-days of coding in late 2012, Pew Research analyzed a total of 711 hours of cable news, excluding commercials and previews.

jimmymac 12/16/13 - 09:38 am

Most TV news show are mostly opinion. The days of Cronkite are over. The fourth estate is now mostly entertainment and like most second hand stories they must be taken with a grain of salt. O'Reilly usually gives a pretty balanced debate on most topics but he's still injects his opinion on every issue. The days of getting the news and just the news are sadly over.

RMSHEFF 12/16/13 - 10:56 am
According to Obama and the

According to Obama and the liberals, the failure of ObamaCare is the fault of Fox News and Republicans. He was the outsider looking in !

Gary Ross
Gary Ross 12/16/13 - 01:51 pm
My opinion

In my humble opinion, MSNBC and CNN are nothing more than fictional entertainment (something I have very little time for). 100% opinion and 0% news. I reckon I've heard enough of the pro-obama lies and distorted facts that I don't even consider them as news sources anymore. How sad that they used to be so "American" too! Unfortunately they took a sharp left turn somewhere and became hopelessly lost in the dark.

teaparty 12/16/13 - 04:26 pm
'In my humble opinion, MSNBC

'In my humble opinion, MSNBC and CNN are nothing more than fictional entertainment (something I have very little time for). 100% opinion and 0% news.'
Gary, if think CNN in the US is bad you should see what CNN out of Hong Cong is showing the world about the USA. It is nothing but propaganda machine. They tell more lies than the idiot in the whitehouse.

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