Free Exchange updates the cable news pecking order:

THE "fair and balanced" network is heading for its best year of ratings ever, averaging 2.1m viewers while CNN plunges to 805,000 and MSNBC rises to 787,000. James Hibberd of the Hollywood Reporter theorises that "a dominant political party... can fuel the popularity of opposing voices", and Fox is going through the boom that Rush Limbaugh experienced during the Clinton years and Jon Stewart experienced during eight years of George W. Bush.

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