MSNBC has experienced a significant drop in its viewership, with a 24 percent decline in overall viewers for the four days from October 7 to 10, coinciding with the Israel-Hamas conflict. Meanwhile, Fox News saw a 42 percent increase in its audience, and CNN also noted a 17 percent rise in viewership. This decline in MSNBC’s ratings is indicative of its biased coverage of the situation.
One of MSNBC’s hosts, Andrea Mitchell, faced criticism for her handling of an interview with an Israeli mother whose two children were taken hostage during the Hamas terror attacks. Mitchell’s questioning appeared to be aimed at eliciting a response that aligned with her own equivocal stance on the issue. However, the mother responded with justified anger, stating that she couldn’t sympathize with “animal human beings” who had invaded her home, stolen her belongings, and abducted her children, clearly distinguishing between the actions of Hamas and Israel.
The discrepancy between the coverage on MSNBC and the reality on the ground is evident. MSNBC’s coverage, which appears to run interference for Hamas, contrasts with the fearless reporting by Fox News correspondent Trey Yingst. Yingst’s reporting from the Middle East has garnered praise for providing an unvarnished view of the ongoing events. He and his crew visited Be’eri, a kibbutz close to the Gaza border, where they witnessed the aftermath of a Hamas attack that had taken place over the weekend.
While MSNBC’s biased coverage has contributed to a decline in viewership, other news outlets, like Fox News, have been recognized for their more objective and comprehensive reporting of the situation in Israel and Gaza. The discrepancy between the networks reflects the broader debate over media bias and its impact on public perception of complex global events.