The Post-Scandal Blur

The all-news TV channels face life without Monica

George Stephanopoulos, promoting his new book, was doing his bit for the cause last week, but to most sensible news viewers the Monica Lewinsky scandal is over. Which means that the TV pundits are having to get reacquainted with issues like school vouchers, and the all-news channels are discovering once again that--except for the times when we're unraveling a President's sex life, watching a former NFL star beat a murder rap or bombing Iraq--not all that many people want to watch news.

The aggregate prime-time audience for the three leading cable news channels--CNN, MSNBC and Fox--more than doubled at the height...

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