View Full Version : Microsoft abandons MSNBC.com after 16 years over fears it was becoming too left wing

07-16-2012, 09:57 PM

Microsoft is pulling out of the joint venture that owned MSNBC.com, freeing the world's largest software maker to build its own online news service.

One of the factors behind the split was apparently Microsoft's fears that the website was being seen as too left-wing, and the software giant's desire to present 'multiple perspectives' in its news coverage.

The breakup announced late on Sunday dissolves the final shreds of a 16-year marriage between Microsoft Corp. and NBC News, which is now owned by Comcast Corp. The relationship began to unwind in 2005 when Microsoft sold its stake in MSNBC's cable TV channel to NBC.

NBC is buying Microsoft's 50 per cent interest in the MSNBC website for an undisclosed amount. The New York Times puts the figure at about $300million

MSNBC.com will be rebranded as NBCNews.com, and readers who logged into MSNBC.com late on Sunday were automatically redirected to NBCNews.com.

07-16-2012, 10:12 PM
I think I'll go buy a microsoft product tomorrow.

07-17-2012, 09:31 AM
I think I'll go buy a microsoft product tomorrow.

Lol. I'm a Democrat, but I've never liked MSNBC. I don't care for the Lawrence O'Donnell's and Keith Olbermann's of the media the same way I don't care for the Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

07-17-2012, 11:18 AM
Olbermann should have stuck to sports.

Good for them. The truly centrist news agencies are few and far between in the mainstream. If Microsoft can put together a truly centrist and truly balanced news agency, I'd be all for it. However, considering it would still be backed by a giant corporation, it would be another one that is centrist in name only.

07-17-2012, 11:24 AM
I think I'll go buy a microsoft product tomorrow.

Time for me to swith my OS to linux.

07-17-2012, 08:01 PM
In related news, sponsors are pulling support of MTV over fears it may not be playing enough music videos.