I confess to not watching that much cable news any more. The polarization of both MSNBC and FNC has made me feel as if I'm tuning into talk radio, not actually getting news and opinion. CNN remains by far the most balanced - but maybe the general atmosphere of cable has so alienated middle-of-the-road viewers that their position is impossible. It's like you're selling cup-cakes and safer sex advice while operating in a brothel, where your competitors get to sell Spitzer-style sessions with a Dominatrix.
And then I read Ed Morrissey and wonder if we live on the same planet:
CNN picked up Erick Erickson of Red State as an analyst, and they do better at balancing points of view in prime time than MS-NBC, which has become a lunatic asylum after about 11 am ET. But Fox has done a better job over a longer, consistent period of incorporating serious left-of-center analysts like Juan Williams, Mara Liasson, Kirsten Powers, and more in both its talking-heads shows and its news analysis than any of the other cablers.
Fox is more ideologically balanced than CNN? Seriously?