Was CNN 'tea-bagged'?

By Drew Zahn
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

In a year when America’s tea party activists have been surging, cable news networks that slam the grassroots movement have been dying in the ratings. Is it merely coincidence?

As widely reported, 2010’s first quarter ratings for cable news networks were released earlier this month. Compared to the numbers in 2009, Fox News Channel, frequently reported as a favorite of the tea partiers, actually gained 3 percent over last year’s numbers, but MSNBC, whose left-leaning commentary has been far more critical of the movement, has dropped 15 percent of its audience.

Even more startling, however, is the ratings freefall of the former news giant CNN, whose viewing audience has been sliced by 39 percent.

CNN’s top show, “Larry King Live,” has been a microcosm of the ratings fall, losing more than half of its viewers when comparing March of 2009 to March of 2010. Fellow CNN host Anderson Cooper has lost 42 percent over the last year.

By comparison, Fox News Channel has had its best year to date: Greta Van Susteren’s show was up 25 percent from the first quarter of 2009, Bill O’Reilly’s show was up 28 percent and Glenn Beck has added 50 percent since last year at this time. The top 13 highest-rated cable news shows are all on the Fox News Channel, topped by “The O’Reilly Factor,” with 3.644 million viewers.

CNN’s Larry King, however, has slipped to No. 16 in the rankings, drawing only 655,000 viewers, or less than half of what O’Reilly draws for late-night reruns of his news show.

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