If you’re in the cable news business you fall behind what CNN reporter Susan Roesgen called the “right-wing, conservative Network” (FoxNews). In fact, you fall so far behind that on the day of the protests, if you combined that “news” network’s Prime time numbers with those of another network which slurred the protests, MSNBC,” you still wouldn’t equal the “right-wing” network’s numbers. And heck, we’ll throw in Headline News (to the CNN and MSNBC side) for good measure.
A smart young blogger wonders if Ms. Roesgen is trying to replace Matthew Lesko, given how she confronted “a Chicago Tea Party protester and looks in the camera and says, â€œDid you know that the state of Illinois gets $15 billion in stimulus?” Guess the infomercial style is not conducive to ratings.
This blogger finds her reporting to be
. . . a symptom of a bigger issue: the extreme polarization of the media and it’s viewers. Encouraged by the rise of the internet and more choices, people are seeking out news they agree with on ideological lines. . . .
This was happening to a lesser degree with cable news. FOX News filled a void for conservative-leaning networks when it launched in 1996 in a vastly liberal media environment. They have always leaned conservative, and the rest of the major news channels might have been somewhat liberal due to the media atmosphere as a whole, but not because they went out of their way to do so.
He suggests that CNN is tilting left “to win back some of MSNBC’s audience.” This precocious college student is onto something. So, just read his post to see why he believes this new tack isn’t working.