MSNBC political analyst — and frequent defender/purveyor of anti-Semitism — Mehdi Hasan recently wrote an opinion piece for MSNBC about “Grim Reaper” Mitch McConnell’s reign of terror:
It’s time to consider that there is, in fact, a politician willing to inflict more pain and suffering on Americans than President Donald Trump. And his name is Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr.
Today, McConnell is the grim reaper in a much more literal sense. As Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., summed it up: “Congress knows how to help workers and families. It knows how to prevent the looming recession,” he tweeted in the wake of yet another awful set of unemployment numbers. “One person is standing in the way. Mitch McConnell’s political games are costing lives and livelihoods.”
Thing is, the way MSNBC presents the piece, you could be forgiven for confusing it with an ostensibly straight-news article:
Nobody has really figured out how to distinguish news and opinion (formally) online, but this has to be the smallest font for the "opinion" tag I've ever seen https://t.co/yE51Quw9B5
— Ben Smith (@benyt) December 9, 2020
Take a look:
It’s barely there!
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) December 9, 2020
Noticing opinion in that article be like. pic.twitter.com/jOHQNXUQlZ
— Mitch (@mitdont) December 9, 2020
Ben, but we don't need a "tag" at this point.
— Andrea E (@AAC0519) December 9, 2020
Fair point. These days, opinion is usually what passes for news anyway.