HANNITY TOPS LIST OF ‘MOST INFLUENTIAL’ IN MEDIA
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.
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.