Losing Touch

Not only did they lose Eason Jordan but CNN is losing the ratings wars as well:

Fox News was the only cable news network to see gains in primetime during February and beat all other cable news outlets combined for the sixth straight month.

FNC averaged 1.57 million viewers in primetime, up 18% from the same period last year, while CNN fell 21% to 637,000 viewers from the same time period.

February marked what has been a rocky three months for new CNN U.S. prexyprexy Jonathan Klein, who came to the network hoping to improve CNN’s primetime performance, where it has been most hurt by a strong FNC lineup built around tentpole “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Brent Bozell at Media Watch thinks it’s a permanent information shift and the liberal media mongers aren’t liking it a bit:

Olbermann’s show does reflect the liberal media panic that they’re no longer succeeding in telling Americans what they will think, and when they will think it. In his interview on MSNBC, liberal Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank agreed with Olbermann as he panicked with crime-syndicate overtones that conservatives were now conducting “the journalistic equivalent of money laundering.” Milbank added to the supposedly criminal mix that Rush Limbaugh was on a tour of Afghanistan (on his own dime, by the way) and syndicated radio star Laura Ingraham had attended a rally last year for John Thune’s successful Senate bid against Tom Daschle.

Forget for a moment that Rush and Laura don’t claim to be “journalists.” They’re critics and analysts of the news. Forget that there’s nothing equivalent to “money laundering” in touring Afghanistan or pumping up a Republican crowd in South Dakota. The bottom line in all this panic is that liberals can’t stand the fact that conservatives can win friends and influence people. They will not only disparage the conservative media, but their audience as well.

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