MSNBC's left turn not obvious to everyone

MSNBC’s decision, announced Tuesday, to remove legal analyst and former network GM Dan Abrams from its 9 pm time slot in favor of commentator...

MSNBC’s decision, announced Tuesday, to remove legal analyst and former network GM Dan Abrams from its 9 pm time slot in favor of commentator Rachel Maddow, was analyzed by The New York Times’ Brian Stelter as a move to the left in search of higher ratings. Stelter noted that ratings of Keith Olbermann’s Countdown have nearly doubled since he began delivering “special comment” on-air editorials, usually criticizing President Bush. Therefore, placing the generally liberal Maddow in a coveted spot where MSNBC could conceivably gain ground on ratings leader Fox News Channel, would seem to be a logical – some would say obvious – step.

The Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar, for the most part, concurs. However, the management of the Huffington Post, curiously, did not. Sklar’s column was published on a Poynter Institute forum by media blogger Jim Romanesko because the post was not “congruent with HuffPost’s editorial position against the media’s penchant for viewing everything through a left/right prism.”

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