For American TV viewers looking to keep tabs on Egypt, there's really no contest, writes Allesandra Stanley in the New York Times: Keep it on CNN. Rivals MSNBC and Fox are giving lots of air time to the subject, but their coverage tends to degenerate into predictable left-right battle lines. For events like these, we need a "reliable narrator," and "CNN manages to do it all without raising its voice or cluttering the screen with ideologues and deskbound rabble-rousers," she writes.
Anderson Cooper gets razzed at other times for being a "glory hound," but even while reporting from the front lines, he still comes off more poised than the "talk-show divas" in US studios. Sure, ABC's Christiane Amanpour scooped everyone with an interview of Hosni Mubarak, but CNN deserves some of the credit for that, too, writes Stanley. After all, she scored that interview because of all the experience and contacts she accrued in her previous 20-year gig as a foreign correspondent for the network.