3/30/2010

NY Times seems to accept that CNN's hosts have no partisan viewpoint

CNN's "hosts not aligned with any partisan point of view"? The leading questions from Larry King don't demonstrate a political viewpoint? Well, this article is from the NY Times. The NY Times is quoting CNN executives, but it would be nice if they thought about asking a critique for an alternative viewpoint.

The trend in news ratings for the first three months of this year is all up for one network, the Fox News Channel, which enjoyed its best quarter ever in ratings, and down for both MSNBC and CNN.

CNN had a slightly worse quarter in the fourth quarter of 2009, but the last three months have included compelling news events, like the earthquake in Haiti and the battle over health care, and CNN, which emphasizes its hard news coverage, was apparently unable to benefit.

The losses at CNN continued a pattern in place for much of the last year, as the network trailed its competitors in every prime-time hour. (CNN still easily beats MSNBC in the daytime hours, but those are less lucrative in advertising money, and both networks are far behind Fox News at all hours.)

About the only break from the bad news for CNN was that March was not as bad as February, when the network had its worst single month in its recent history, finishing behind not only Fox News and MSNBC, but also its sister network HLN — and even CNBC, which had Olympics programming that month.

CNN executives have steadfastly said that they will not change their approach to prime-time programs, which are led by hosts not aligned with any partisan point of view. . . .

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Blogger John A said...

While I do not doubt the NYTimes believes there is no partisan alignment, be fair - it is quoting CNN executives.

3/30/2010 1:01 AM  
Blogger John A said...

OK, you changed the header before I commented. Oops.

3/30/2010 1:26 PM  
Blogger Suburban said...

Larry King questioned whether the Constitution was a "living document," recently. I think it must have been Monday night. (they leave it on in the break room at work, and won't let us change the channel)

As if there would be a point in having the Constitution at all if it were a "living document."

Don't even get me started on Jack Cafferty!

4/01/2010 12:46 AM  

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