When the news media look back on summer 2009, the enduring images are likely to be those of angry townhall meetings, gun–toting disaffected citizens and the fever pitch of partisanship ping-ponging across the cable news nets. The latter has helped drive up ratings, but advertisers and others are starting to push back against the din. Is partisan cable talk starting to show its limits?
My latest cover story in weekly Variety is here.
The Beck "Obama is a racist" appearance on "Fox & Friends" is here.
And Brian Lowry explains why it doesn't really matter to Fox whether Beck's show makes money or not, as it boosts the rest of the lineup.