What was clear in Charlotte is that Democrats attending their convention consider MSNBC to be their ally and mouthpiece. The network's presence wasn't nearly so prominent or ubiquitous in Tampa during the Republican convention. As one Charlotte fan quoted in the Times put it, "I feel they are part of this convention. They are in tune with the people here."
You could say that.
The opinion-as-news contagion is not yet complete. Some television news organizations still make an attempt to be balanced. But the larger observation remains: TV journalists risk becoming the event themselves rather than the events they cover. And news consumers are increasingly less likely to get the impartial information they need to make smart decisions.
No longer do we get what we pay for, as the adage goes. We get what the activists want — and we all pay for it.
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