What again emerged was cable's near-addiction to conflict, which the unrest and looting that followed the announcement yielded in abundance. And while one can admire the long hours and bravery exhibited by on-the-scene reporters under trying circumstances, the nature of this sort of coverage yields such a narrow aperture their hard work produces heat, perhaps, but scant illumination.
As CNN's Chris Cuomo noted, so far, this is nothing like the aftermath of the Rodney King protests.
Ratings Monday night were much larger than normal with CNN getting a far greater bump than Fox News. At the 9 p.m. hour, Fox News drew the most viewers with 7.3 million, triple Megyn Kelly's numbers last Wednesday, a more typical night. CNN brought in 6.3 million viewers at 9 p.m., at least 6 times more than a normal night. MSNBC doubled its numbers with 2.2 million viewers.