David Carr for the New York Times, on how badly CNN did last week:
Mr. King, a good reporter in possession of a bad set of facts, was joined by The Associated Press, Fox News, The Boston Globe and others, but the stumble could not have come at a worse time for CNN. When viewers arrived in droves — the audience tripled to 1.05 million, from 365,000 the week before, according to Nielsen ratings supplied by Horizon Media — CNN failed in its core mission.
I haven’t had access to cable news for a while, and I’ve never been as happy about that as I was last week. The 24-hour news channels just keep getting worse.