An MSNBC reporter asked a question in a recent interview that at first blush looked like a mere observation. But a media watchdog says it really shows the bias, condescension, and laziness that characterizes much of the mainstream media.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes was interviewing Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) after she implied during a recent committee hearing that her Republican colleague from North Carolina, Rep. Mark Meadows, was a racist. In the course of the interview, Hayes asked this question:
Hayes: "What is the bigger lesson here? One of the things that happens every day in Congress now, the House minority, the Republican Party, is overwhelmingly white and male. I mean, you know, really – you really see it. The majority [Democratic Party] is a much more diverse coalition of folks from different ethnic backgrounds, different races, female representation is higher."
It was a softball question for Talib, who could have piled on Hayes' question – but, to her credit, she took the high road:
Tlaib: "We [women of color] didn't come just to make Congress look differently, which I think is important; but also we want to speak differently and we want to feel differently. We want people back home to be able to relate to this Congress, to feel like it is a people's Congress and reflective of who we are."
Curtis Houck of Media Research Center (MRC) agrees that the Republican House Caucus may be mostly white, but adds that it's not for lack of trying. "Republicans did have scores of women running [in the last election], a number of them as incumbents – and they lost," he points out.
"So this notion that Republicans aren't running women or [offering] a diverse list of candidates in terms of gender and race? That's just factually not accurate."
More troubling to Houck is that MSNBC's Hayes should have known that, and easily could have found out the facts about the GOP of 2019 – that is if he even wanted to present a balanced report.
"The news media are just too lazy to actually do their own homework," states Houck. "It's so much easier to just copy and paste whatever Democrats send them."
According to MRC, both NBC and MSNBC have "a long and storied history of distorting the news and acting as mouthpieces for the Democratic Party." The media watchdog has urged the corporate parent of the network(s) – Comcast – to take responsibility for the "shameful behavior" of its so-called "news" division.