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Cable News Ratings As Election Indicators II

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.01.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

July ratings are now in and Fox News viewers continue to outnumber the viewers of the three other cable news channels by a tiny margin.

The Ratings Are In

Posted 08.01.2012 | Media

The July 2012 ratings are in. Although cable news ratings can lag during summer months, the tragic mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, 2012 presidentia...

WATCH: Political Reporters Ready For Another Four Months Of This Sh*t

Posted 07.26.2012 | Comedy

The stakes of this election might be incredibly high, but you wouldn't know it by the national level of enthusiasm surrounding it. When you have an in...

Aurora and the Ratings

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.25.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I do not ordinarily write about the ratings until the end of the month, but Friday's massacre has been reflected in last week's ratings (Saturday and Sunday will be reflected in this week's) and they deserve some comment.

PHOTOS: Don Lemon Is Ready For Summer

Posted 09.17.2012 | Media

It looks like Don Lemon is ready for summer. The CNN host returned from a vacation on Wednesday sporting a serious buzz-cut. Lemon usually keeps hi...

Why Presidential Campaigns Don't Work

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

\How about you turn off the cable news shows, close your eyes, and just think about what you believe and who best represents those beliefs? Then vote according to your conscience.

On the Media: Finally Seeing the Link Between Climate Change, Disasters?

Bob Keefe | Posted 09.03.2012 | Green
Bob Keefe

Given the extreme weather we've been seeing lately, it's becoming (finally) clear to many journalists that we have a trend in our weather patterns -- a trend exacerbated by climate change, according to legitimate climate scientists.

Cable News Ratings As Election Indicators

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 09.01.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

In the past three elections, I have forecast the winners accurately by comparing the number of viewers watching Fox News with viewers watching the liberal combination. In all three of the cases, I got it right.

Taking the Shame Out of Opinion Journalism

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 08.28.2012 | Media
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Expressing opinion in journalism isn't a fault in itself. But the veiling of that opinion behind a supposedly right vs. wrong debate of ever-increasing decibels, over-simplifications and extreme biases is.

'The Newsroom' and CNN

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.28.2012 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

The program, which was filled with smart dialogue, internal conflict and self-righteousness, was a bit misleading about what happens behind the scenes at a cable news network.

In Defense of Smart

Eve Simon | Posted 08.26.2012 | Home
Eve Simon

After watching the pilot of Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama The Newsroom, I'm not at all surprised that people have been beating on it like some alien weed they're hell bent on destroying. The show is just too smart.

CNN's Overhaul Continues

Posted 08.26.2012 | Media

CNN announced another shakeup to its schedule on Tuesday. Longtime "CNN Newsroom" anchor Kyra Phillips is moving to sister network HLN. CNN said sh...

Pundits on Parade

Monica Medina | Posted 08.25.2012 | Comedy
Monica Medina

After watching all these pundits talk ad nauseam, I'm ready. I'm ready to take my place at the pundit table. For I've decided I, too, can do this. I can be a pundit and ramble on and on, on just about anything. Go ahead, and try me.

John King's CNN Show Canceled

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.13.2012 | Media

John King's CNN show has been canceled. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that "John King USA," which has been on the air since March of 201...

Beyond Talk

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 08.10.2012 | Media
Dylan Ratigan

While it may seem unconventional to leave a rapidly growing political cable show on the eve of a presidential election, to me, the timing couldn't be better.

Jason Linkins

I Have Decided That CNN Covering The Diamond Jubilee Instead Of American Politics Is Fine With Me | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

Here is CNN's entire strategy for covering political outcomes: everyone run around the room like a bunch of rabid chimps on salvia, doing stuff, doing it harder, doing it faster, doing it until everyone drops dead of exhaustion or secures a note from a therapist, excusing them from the activity. If the end result of an evening spent watching CNN "do" politics is just the depressing feeling you get watching all that human wreckage frenetically destroying its own dignity, then I say give me the Queen! Give me Piers Morgan, randomly exulting at the sight of barges on the Thames. Let these poor CNN people numb themselves forever in slack-jawed appreciation of the royal family's collection of fascinators and epaulets. Let CNN play to its strengths. Let's save the human race from the Prometheus monsters.

Fox News Doesn't Care About Your Outrage

Chez Pazienza | Posted 08.01.2012 | Media
Chez Pazienza

Not only does Fox News not fret over its many detractors, it generally welcomes the outrage as an opportunity to once again let its pit-bullish media relations department off the chain to maul the crap out of the poor sap with the bad sense to hassle its master.

Secrets of a May 'Nielsen Family'

Bob Sellers | Posted 07.29.2012 | Media
Bob Sellers

Based on my experience, keeping a Nielsel diary is a well-meaning but imperfect measuring system that suggests advertisers may be rolling the dice when they pay for ads designed to reach a particular audience.

Can CNN Compete With Headline News?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.22.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I launched both CNN and Headline News, and I never believed the days would come when more people watched our tabloid version rather than what was supposed to be the quality product.

Black-on-White Crime and the Reasons for a Media Double-Standard

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.16.2012 | Media
Bob Cesca

Yes, there's a double-standard. And until there's full equality and the long slow process of racial healing is completed, the double-standard has to remain.

CNN Has Worst Month In Over A Decade

Posted 05.02.2012 | Media

April was the worst month for CNN in over a decade, and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes made his dissatisfaction clear on Wednesday. The cable news ra...

For CNN, April Is the Cruelest Month Again

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.01.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

CNN ought to do whatever it can to cut April out of the calendar. Last year was bad enough, but this year CNN's audience shrunk by 21% over the total day and 16% in primetime.

'Anchorman 2' Director's Harsh Words For TV News

Posted 04.10.2012 | Comedy

Adam McKay is not optimistic about the current state of TV news. But unlike most, he has told millions of people his thoughts on the subject, in the f...

Keith Olbermann Fired: War With Current Just Getting Started

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.31.2012 | Media

Keith Olbermann may have departed from Current, but the war between the two sides is just getting started. It was clear from the moment that the fl...

CNN, Thirty Years Later

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.30.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

CNN is a major brand worldwide, but it's in third place on its home turf.