I personally think it is a sign of the times. For me, (politically conservative) when I watch the View, even the things they think are entertainment, smacks of a political agenda. The "news" they discuss, the actors they bring on (and end up discussing politics) I just want to say...Shut up and sing. Or Shut up and act. Or Shut up and dance.
As for CNN, I haven't watched it or MSN for years now.
The issues we face as a nation have polarized our views and since the VIEW wants to provide a voice for those, its caused a different kind of tension than 8 years ago.