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Anderson Cooper: Afflicting the Minority

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According to Time's Michael Scherer, CNN has a new commercial out promoting star anchor Anderson Cooper:

The new promo…consists of a woman's voice, pitching Cooper's show as, essentially, a liberal alternative to Fox News: "I'm a lifelong Democrat," she says, "and that's why I watch Anderson Cooper." […] The voice goes on to say that Cooper is the person she can turn to hold "right wing" conservatives accountable.

I guess you'll have to tune elsewhere for TV journalism that holds accountable those who actually hold power.

So what cable news programs are people watching?

In September, according to Nielson, the top thirteen cable news shows were on Fox, led by the networks conservative pundits: The O'Reilly Factor (2.6 million households), Sean Hannity (2.1 million), Glenn Beck (2.2 million), and the less political Greta Van Susteren (1.8 million). The top non-Fox shows are CNN's Larry King (921,000), Countdown with Keith Olbermann (881,000) and Rachel Maddow (827,000). Only then, in the 17th spot, does Anderson Cooper make a showing, with 746,000 households in the 10 p.m. hour.

Link via Jay Rosen's Twitter feed.