In 2021, MSNBC’s Deadline: White House mentioned former President Donald Trump’s name 2.5 times as often as it did President Joe Biden’s, despite the fact that Biden spent much more time in the Oval Office last year, Fox News revealed in a Saturday report.
A Grabien transcript search conducted by Fox revealed that the name “Trump” was said 11,668 times on the show between Jan. 20 and Dec. 31, 2021, while “Biden” was only said 4,710 times.
Most of the Biden references on Deadline: White House were positive, while the Trump ones mostly revolved around the January 2021 Capitol breach and whether Trump would ultimately be held responsible, either criminally or by the public, Fox said.
According to Fox’s report, the word “insurrection” was said 2,260 times on the MSNBC program during the year, an average of nine times per show. “Only major news stories like the Derek Chauvin murder trial, the chaotic Afghanistan troop pullout, or significant COVID-19 updates could take Wallace away from her preferred story of the day,” Fox reported.
A clear bias
Wallace, for her part, used to be a Republican and worked on George W. Bush’s staff as well as the John McCain campaign. But you would never know that by the way she speaks of Republicans on her MSNBC show.
She is reportedly an ally of the Lincoln Project, which has conducted a virulent campaign against Trump.
“I don’t think anyone should describe these love-bomb segments as ‘interviews.’ Telling someone that everyone thinks you’re awesome isn’t really a question,” Tim Graham of the Media Research Center said of Wallace in a June 2021 interview with Fox.
In perhaps the most egregious example of her fawning over Democrats, she famously asked Democrat Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke in 2019 what the press could do better to support his candidacy, Fox noted.
Could Wallace replace Maddow?
If Rachel Maddow leaves MSNBC as has been rumored, Wallace may be in a good position to take a prime time slot in her place. Wallace’s show now airs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET on weekdays, Fox reports.
Maddow is the highest-rated host on the left-leaning network, which isn’t saying much. Sure, she was beating out some of the Fox hosts when Trump was in office and she could use him as a nightly punching bag, but ratings quickly collapsed after Biden took office and the public furor over Jan. 6 died down.
But Maddow has said since last summer that she doesn’t plan to keep doing nightly shows, even if she does stay on at MSNBC.
In any case, it seems MSNBC will be pretty much on life support unless and until Trump announces a bid for a second White House term in 2024. Whether they make it that long is anyone’s guess.