Voting on the media personalities
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Charles Gibson( Scott Anderson / Associated Press )
"The crowd is turning on me," ABC's anchor murmured as angry hecklers disrupted a Democratic debate in April. Gibson's quote could be seen as an unhappy motto for the media at large in this polarizing age.
But the veteran newsman took more flak than most, from virtually all corners. Pro-Obama supporters ripped him for mismanaging a debate that they alleged descended into featherweight issues and attacks ("a televised train wreck," according to Philadelphia Daily News writer Will Bunch).
And then the GOP's amen corner lashed back after his September interview with Sarah Palin, where he lectured the vice presidential hopeful about the Bush doctrine and other topics.
However: The crowd may have turned on him, but viewers haven't: "World News" remains locked in a tight ratings battle with NBC's "Nightly News."