Talented anchors, judicious use of analysts, and a more-or-less nonpartisan approach made it the channel to watch on election night.
One great problem of our broken political system is the proliferation of opinions over facts.
One of the great virtues of CNN -- certainly compared to its cable competitors Fox News and MSNBC -- is its old-fashioned commitment to reporting facts and keeping reporters clearly separate from its electronic "news analysts" and "op-ed writers."
After 50 years of watching election returns (yes, I am old enough to have begun with the Kennedy-Nixon race), and despite deep respect for friends at NBC News, my channel of choice on election nights is CNN for a simple reason. I want highly relevant information as fast as possible.
On Tuesday night, CNN provided it.
John King clearly had mastery of the electoral map and the emerging dynamics in each state as the returns came in. When early returns showed Mitt Romney leading or pulling even in key states, he pointed to key counties with large percentages of uncounted votes and how they would impact the total vote count. He got Florida, Virginia, and Ohio right -- with a lot of insight. King's magic board was also very useful in comparing this election with past elections to show trends -- for instance, how Obama was doing in 2012 versus 2008, or how Romney was doing versus McCain in 2008 or Bush in 2004.