HANNITY NO. 1
Mediaite.com, which monitors the big doings of the restless press — has released a list of 75 people who are the “most influential in news media.” 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. “Hannity has emerged as the king of cable news — there’s simply no one more influential.”
His MSNBC rival Rachel Maddow was in 13th place, by the way.
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. 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 MSNBC newlyweds Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Fox News anchors Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith, Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro were No. 11, 14, 15 and 18; 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.