(American Spectator) -- Sean Hannity’s ratings are soaring. Forbes headlined it this way:
Sean Hannity Unrivaled as Fox News Cruises to Big February Ratings Win
The Forbes version of the story that is undoubtedly driving Hannity’s competitors and haters alike absolutely batty begins this way:
Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity crushed the cable news competition in February, finishing first with an average audience of 3.3 million total viewers. February marked Hannity’s fifth straight month as the unrivaled King of Cable News, maintaining a wide lead over MSNBC rival Rachel Maddow, who finished the month in third place overall.
This is being reported with decided teeth-gritting in some places and more matter-of-factly in others. (And full disclosure, I write columns over there at the Hannity website.)
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But aside from the usual cable-news-is-competitive storyline and the Hannity-is-the-King storyline, not to mention the always accompanying latest in the Fox versus CNN wars, it would seem that it is worth asking: Why? Why, exactly, is Sean Hannity the King of Cable News?