Rosenthal: CNN May Need ABC, CBS to Survive

By Andrew Gauthier 

Chicago Tribune

You know what you don’t hear very often? The phrase, “So last night I was watching CNN and …”

What you do hear is how CNN’s top shows are in a free fall. And this has occasioned much discussion in journalism circles of late along the lines of: “Can CNN be saved?” “Will CNN be saved?” and “Here’s how to save CNN …”

Most of the suggestions for salvation involve stronger, more focused program concepts. These shows presumably would fill enough of a need or niche to become a viewing habit regardless of the day’s headlines. Hoping a particular situation will draw a crowd to Wolf Blitzer‘s “The Situation Room,” not surprisingly, is hit or miss. More…