CNN Wins Again With Stranded Carnival Cruise Ship

The media await the final unloading from the crippled cruise liner Carnival Triumph Feb. 14, 2013 in Mobile, Alabama Photograph by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images

From the Gulf War coverage to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, from Middle East revolutions to U.S. presidential elections, CNN has consistently beaten its cable news competitors when covering breaking, hard news stories. But for a 24/7 news network, relying solely on global events, natural disasters, and coups d’etat isn’t always easy. If you want ratings, sometimes you need a little sizzle, even on a slow news day.

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