Liberal MSNBC on Tuesday adopted Democratic talking points for the
contraceptive fight. As anchor Chris Jansing offered softball questions
to left-wing Senator Patty Murray, a MSNBC graphic flatly declared: "War on Women: 12 Dem Women Senators Send Letter to Speaker Boehner."
Usually, MSNBC can at least provide a question mark ("War on women?") as the network spins for Democrats.
Jansing framed the issue as hostile to females, offering this loaded question: "You were one of 12 Democratic women in the Senate that sent a letter to House Speaker Boehner asking him to abandon plans to continue the fight against contraception coverage in the House."
added, "And [Boehner] refused. What's your next step?" Republicans such
as John Boehner would frame their objection as one of religious
liberty, not continuing "the fight against contraception."
Jansing at least mentioned that women are split on the contraceptive issue, but didn't exactly press the Democratic senator: "How important do you think this will be in the election, and will it work in the Democrats favor?"
MSNBC has a history of leading with biased on-screen graphics. On September 26, 2007, then-host Contessa Brewer went after Bill O'Reilly of Fox News as a supposed bigot.
Deciding guilt, the network graphic declared, "Anchor's Racist Comments."
A follow-up graphic was more hesitant and added a question mark: "Anchor’s Racist Comments? Bill O’Reilly Comes Under Fire For Description of Black Restaurant."
A partial transcript of the March 13 segment can be found below: