Reading Timothy Carney's opinion article - I would like to highlight the word opinion - for the New York Times was very, let's say, interesting. I'm going to start off by stating the obvious but it sometimes isn't said. Fox News is a conservative outlet and MSNBC is a liberal outlet. There's no denying that and we do ourselves a disservice when we begrudge the fact that these networks have an agenda to push. They've been like that for years and there isn't an end in sight, until the more than likely fall of the 24 hour news networks as they are now. Now with that being said, let's take a look at the so called "liberal" media that Carney says is running rampant.
For 10 years in a row, Fox News was the most viewed of the three major cable networks. Having more than 3x the viewers of CNN and MSNBC separately. Looking at that, how could the TV media's most viewed network - by a landslide - be conservative, but yet have a liberal agenda? My answer to that question would be a confused sounding, "I don't know," with an upside-down smiling emoji. But that is TV media. Carney was mostly arguing that print media like the New York Times and the Washington Post are supporting the liberal agenda. Which I agree, because they are more left-of-center. But that doesn't take away from the fact that there are right-of-center outlets as well. The people who actually take time out of their day to read a whole article already have their minds made up. They know if they're conservative or liberal, and one article they read is not going to change their mind. In fact, if a liberal is reading an article and they have a feeling it's conservative, they'll just stop reading and find something else that will appease their political appetite.
So if we are talking about actually molding minds and leading the public a certain way, print media does not do that. The medium that actually yields that power is TV. Which brings us back to Fox News having more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined.