CNN, which pioneered cable news, now rates dead last among cable news networks. Prime time ratings are down 68 percent since last year. Of course, much of that is due to 2008 being an election year, but CNN’s fall relative to the other news networks can’t be blamed on the election cycle.
Can some of CNN’s decline, at least, be attributed to the network’s liberalism in general and its attacks on and sniggering denigrations of, normal Americans? It’s hard to tell. But sniggerer-in-chief Anderson Cooper’s ratings are sliding into the toilet. (The midsummer blip was Michael Jackson’s death.):
CNN apparently has tried to market its on-air personalities by having them participate in the television show Jeopardy, thereby showing off their superior intelligence. That hasn’t worked out too well either. If the network really gets desperate, it could consider covering the news straight. But that isn’t likely: look how many newspapers have preferred to go bankrupt rather than abandon their liberal bias.
PAUL adds: Life hasn’t been grand for liberal newspapers, either. Paying readership is down 10.6 percent nationwide over the past 12 months, according to figures released by he Audit Bureau of Circulation. Virtually every newspaper that has seen an increase in circulation during this period is a relatively small one that focuses on local news; the Wall Street Journal being the main exception.
The Los Angeles Times lost 11 percent of its paying readers; the New York Times 7 percent; and the Washington Post 6 percent. Somehow, the San Francisco Chronicle lost 26 percent of its paying daily readers.
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