Viewers Tuning Out Obama

Just as the president is trying to bypass the filter of the mainstream media, it appears viewers are changing the channel. Initial ratings from his press conference last night are off 14% from his previous speech on Feb. 24 and his press conference on Feb 12. There was good news for broadcasters, however, who had been complaining about losing money during Obama's ad-free hour: With Fox preempting American Idol, rival networks gained. Dancing With the Stars, for instance, was up 32 percent in viewership.