MSNBC Host Claims Covering Both Sides of Story Is Too ‘Dangerous’

MSNBC reporter Mehdi Hasan says in interview it’s “deeply dangerous” for the media to cover both sides of the story.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Hasan, who was interviewed by Samafor co-founder Ben Smith, claims news outlets should only be reporting from one side of the aisle.
  • “There are two words we need to remove from our media vocabulary right now and that is ‘both sides,'” Hasan said. “This fundamental crutch, this reliance on ‘both sides’ as a kind of lazy way of covering our political moment is deeply dangerous.”
  • “There are a bunch of major issues on which there are not both sides,” Hasan continued. “There are not both sides on climate change. There are not both sides on white supremacy. There are not both sides to democracy. Ben, there are not both sides on the Holocaust.”
MSNBC REPORTER ON WHY JOURNALISTS SHOULD ONLY BE REPORTING ONE SIDE OF THE STORY:

“On the big issues of our time, on whether people should be able to vote, on whether they should be able to get to a ballot box, on whether one party should be able to overturn elections, no there are not both sides,” Hasan claimed.

BACKGROUND:
  • Hasan, whose words go directly against common journalistic standards of remaining objective and unbiased, has been open about his far-left beliefs on his ‘The Mehdi Hasan Show.’
  • Nearly two years after Trump has been out of office, Hasan continues to surround his monologues around the former president and attack reporters who don’t share his beliefs.
  • “The rest of the world is probably wondering why he hasn’t been prosecuted yet,” Hasan, who recently became a U.S. citizen in 2020, said referring to Trump. “Why are we a weird global outlier when it comes to giving former leaders some kind of blanket immunity from prosecution?”