Cnn Beats The Broadcasters In Dnc Coverage
For the first time in its history, CNN last Thursday drew more viewers for its coverage of a news event than its broadcast network rivals. The event was Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. In a an interview with the TVNewser website, CNN (U.S.) President Jon Klein said, "We're glad we were number one. We think we deserved to be, and we'll continue to try to earn those numbers moving forward." (In 2004, Fox News Channel beat the broadcast networks three times during its coverage of the Republican National Convention.") Nielsen research said Monday that 30.23 million viewers tuned in to the convention, about half of whom were older than 55. Among young voters 18-34, only 4.72 million tuned in. Meanwhile, on Monday, the first day of the RNC, CNN was attempting to cover landfall of Hurricane Gustav as well as revelations that GOP vice-presidential choice Sarah Palin's teenage daughter is pregnant and that Palin had hired an attorney to represent her in a probe of the firing of her public safety commissioner in Alaska. From its coverage, it was hard to tell whether the political or the climatic storm was producing the most damage. Indeed, the two sometimes crossed paths. On the floor of the convention, delegates and speakers led by Laura Bush and Cindy McCain urged viewers to donate money for hurricane relief. On CNN host Anderson Cooper indicated that he would probably return from New Orleans to St. Paul sometime today (Tuesday) if things remained relatively calm in the wake of the storm.