You know you’re in the ratings basement when even CNN’s Piers Morgan feels justified in pointing and laughing at you from his wobbly perch slightly above rock bottom. The target of his recent ridicule, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, can at least take comfort that she has more viewers than “dead raccoon” Chris Hayes.

Good for Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas for finding the bright side of a shrinking audience. Besides, after MSNBC’s hosts were quietly summoned to the White House after the election, it’s pretty clear the administration doesn’t need to spy to know what’s going to come out of their mouths.

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