The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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