MSNBC pundit says corporate media's tanking ratings, rise of Daily Wire is a 'problem for democracy'

"Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire has more followers and engagement, many time more than The New York Times or CNN."


Dan Pfeiffer, a correspondent for MSNBC, went on the air to complain that newer conservative-leaning outlets like the Daily Wire have "more followers and engagement" than mainstream outlets like The New York Times or CNN.

Pfeiffer, as well as being a co-host of the "Save America" podcast, was previously a senior adviser to the Obama administration.

While a chyron below the talking heads read, "fighting misinformation ahead of midterm elections," Pfeiffer said to his colleagues, "If you go to Facebook on a daily basis," Pfeiffer started in on his commentary, "the most, the posts with the most engagement are from Dan Shapiro [sic], or Ben Shapiro," he said, correcting himself.

Pfeiffer continued listing other conservative public figures Dan Bongino and Candace Owens.

"It is right wing content; it dwarfs progressive content. It dwarfs mainstream media content, which actually should be the part that scares us the most, that Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire has more followers and engagement, many time more than The New York Times or CNN."

CNN and MSNBC have indeed both been in ratings purgatory recently, with people tuning out in droves from the once uber-popular mainstream outlets.

"That is a problem for democracy," Pfeiffer concluded.

Public sentiment has turned against the Democratic party leading up to this coming November's midterm elections, at a time when many of their stalwart incumbents are retiring. Polls indicate that voters are going to be taking their gripes to the ballot boxes.


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