We’ve discussed the crony media in general and MSNBC in particular many times. MSNBC works closely with Media Matters, which works closely with the White House. It’s long been an open “secret” that MSNBC is basically a propaganda arm for the current administration. (For the record much the same could be said of Fox News for most of the Bush administration.) But the attached article is interesting because it comes from a progressive former producer at the network.
The bipartisan consensus in support of our bloated Military/Surveillance State – which so undermines our society as a whole  – is reflected in Congress and both the Bush and Obama administrations, as well as mainstream media.
When it comes to issues of U.S. militarism and spying, the allegedly “progressive” MSNBC often seems closer to the “official network of the Obama White House” than anything resembling an independent channel. With a few exceptions (especially Chris Hayes ), MSNBC has usually reacted to expanded militarism and surveillance by downplaying the abuses or defending them.
Had McCain or Romney defeated Obama and implemented the exact same policies, treating whistleblowers like Manning and Snowden as foreign espionage agents, one would expect MSNBC hosts to be loudly denouncing the Republican abuses of authority.