Money spent on reporting (2006)
- CNN: $273 million
- Fox News: $266 million
- MSNBC: $145 million (it's presumed that they get a discount on recycled NBC news)
Last year's #1 topic
- CNN: U.S. foreign policy
- Fox News: Crime
- MSNBC: U.S. Politics
- CNN: Spread among a range of topics
- Fox News: Crime, celebrity and "the media"
- MSNBC: Washington D.C., "the campaign" and political scandal
The frightening summary
"Evidence suggests programming built around a cast of hosts, often but not always the edgiest of cable personalities, were at the core of the [audience] growth."