Alex Massie

CNN: Better Than You Think!

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Borges quipped that the Falklands War was akin to two bald men fighting over a comb and you might think that something similar could be said of the question: which is the best (American) cable TV news channel? Still, I'm glad that the New Republic has its groove back, publishing this fun piece by Greg Veis which, in traditionally counterintuitive style, makes a not-half-bad case for CNN being the pick of the bunch. Yes, the CNN of Wolf Blitzer and Larry King.

Then again, FOX News' strapline at the moment reads: "Gov Palin did not mention Obama 'lipstick' comment at event today." Also: "Gov Palin about to get on plane to Alaska." Seriously.

PS: TNR mildly undercuts Greg's thesis by giving him the subdeck: "Cable News' Tallest Midgets". This reminds me of The Scotsman's Rab McNeil description of First Minister's Question Time at the Scottish Parliament as "hamster wars". Harsh but fair...

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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