When the New York Times reported Monday night that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private e-mail account during her time as secretary of state rather than a government one, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow broke into her regularly-scheduled show to mention the story on air. In the next hour, Lawrence O'Donnell also talked about the story.
That MSNBC jumped on the news so quickly goes against what some conservatives on Twitter were saying in the story's aftermath, that the media would minimize Clinton's e-mail use, which violated specific Obama administration's policy.
In fact, according to a review of transcripts of cable news shows from 9 p.m. on Monday, shortly before the story was published, to 9 p.m. Tuesday, MSNBC used the word "e-mail," "e-mails," "e-mailed," or "e-mailing" in stories about Clinton more than CNN or Fox News.
Now, there was plenty of other news going on in the story's first 24 hours. (The prime minister of Israel speaking before Congress! The battle over Homeland Security funding!). And, the Clinton e-mails story won't be going away any time soon, so there's still time for CNN and Fox News to catch up in the coverage. But what the data suggests is that, contrary to some conservatives' fears, this story is a big, mainstream one that goes across partisan lines.
And lest you think MSNBC spent those 669 uses of the word "e-mail" defending Clinton, you can watch Maddow's segment when the story was published Monday and "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski interview with former pro-Clinton PAC Priorities USA Action member and Media Matters founder David Brock Wednesday morning ("I'm not sure what planet I'm on right now," Brzezinski said, stunned by Brock's answers to questions about the e-mail account. "Are you reading the same thing we are?").
Fox News host Dana Perino noted Tuesday on "America's Newsroom" that multiple negative stories about Clinton recently were not coming from the conservative fringes, but news organizations Republicans like attacking. "It's not coming from the right-wing conspiracy," she said. "These news articles about foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and about her personal e-mail use are being revealed by places like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Politico."
Brock's Media Matters, which typically trains its sights on Fox News, noticed too. It targeted the Times Tuesday, publishing stories on the new organization's "botched" report and the media's "double standard on transparency."
Trust in media is at 40 percent, an all time low, according to a September Gallup poll, and watching partisan reaction to the Clinton story suggest it won't get better anytime soon. If there's two groups that generally distrust the media, it's Republicans and the Clintons, both of which the media will be covering a whole heck of a lot for the next 21 months.