Jake Tapper sees news audience as huge, CNN as 'vital place'

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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00 am

MIAMI — Surprisingly, the question seems to surprise Jake Tapper: Why would the best-known reporter at ABC News jump ship to join CNN, the floundering cable network that a lot of people in the industry — a lot of people — regard as the TV news version of the Titanic?

“That's not how I see it,” he replies, his tone one of consternation blended with bewilderment. “CNN is a vital place. More people watched the election results on CNN than any other channel. More people watched the inauguration on CNN than any other channel. ... MSNBC and Fox News are great at what they do, but that's very different from what we do.”

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