HAN­NITY TOPS LIST OF ‘MOST IN­FLU­EN­TIAL’ IN ME­DIA

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

De­cem­ber her­alds lots of year-end lists — best and worst, who’s up, who’s down. Me­di­aite.com, which mon­i­tors the big do­ings of the rest­less press — of­fers its list of 75 peo­ple who are the “most in­flu­en­tial in news me­dia,” and they hail from broad­cast, print and on­line sources.

Fox News prime time host Sean Han­nity is No. 1, his pro­gram is now the high­est-rated ca­ble news show in Amer­ica.

“There are many fig­ures in me­dia and on the air at Fox News that form what cer­tain crit­ics re­fer to as Pres­i­dent Trump’s ‘shadow cab­i­net.’ Only one of them has phone calls with the pres­i­dent on a truly reg­u­lar ba­sis,” the judges said.

“He has no short­age of crit­ics who ar­gue that his sort of ad­vo­cacy doesn’t be­long on a news net­work, but de­spite that Han­nity has emerged as the king of ca­ble news — af­ter play­ing the long game over two decades at Fox. Pair that with a di­rect line to the White House, and there’s sim­ply no one more in­flu­en­tial.”

His MSNBC ri­val Rachel Mad­dow was in 13th place, by the way.

But back to the list. Sec­ond place goes to CNN CEO Jeff Zucker, fol­lowed by on­line monarch Matt Drudge, founder of the inim­itable Drudge Re­port, which typ­i­cally draws 30 mil­lion vis­i­tors a day — and 11 tril­lion in the last year. Fourth place be­longs to Ains­ley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy of “Fox and Friends,” a fa­vorite of the pres­i­dent.

In fifth place is CNN “New Day” host Chris Cuomo, fol­lowed by new­ly­weds Joe Scar­bor­ough and Mika Brzezin­ski, who re­cently tied the knot at the U.S. Archives, not far from the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

Cu­ri­ous about other place hold­ers on the list? Fox News an­chors Chris Wal­lace and Shep­ard Smith, Tucker Carl­son and Jea­nine Pirro were No. 11, 14, 15 and 18, re­spec­tively; NBC’s Chuck Todd landed at No. 16. Fox News le­gal an­a­lyst An­drew Napoli­tano was No. 24, CNN’s An­der­son Cooper No. 26 and Fox News an­chor Martha MacCal­lum No. 27, with Dana Perino, Greg Gut­feld, Juan Wil­liams and Jesse Wat­ters of “The Five” at No. 30 The list goes on. And on. See for your­self at Me­di­aite.com.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Fox News prime time host Sean Han­nity has been named the No. 1 “most in­flu­en­tial per­son” in the news me­dia, top­ping a list of 75 jour­nal­ists that was com­piled by Me­di­aite.com.

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