Like Im Not So Sure Dude
“The only real nation is humanity” ~ Paul Farmer
I would say both stations cater to their audiences as a way to guarantee ratings to a certain extent, they have occupied niche markets that the other does not have.
What you imply however is inches short of conspiracy.
Though you probably don't have a problem with that.
Watch an hour of Rachel Maddow, arguably the smartest person on TV, and see her excoriate the dems as well as the repubs, even while doing so with an admittedly liberal viewpoint. Write down the news stories she covers, then fact-check it afterwards.
Then do the same with Beck, Hannity or even O'reilly.
Maddow argues using facts, whereas Beck et al argue using distortion of facts.
A graduate of Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, Maddow earned a degree in public policy from Stanford University in 1994. At graduation she was awarded the John Gardner Fellowship. She was also the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and began her postgraduate study in 1995 at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 2001, she completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in politics from Oxford University.
Officially? No. In the real world? Yes.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK