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Thursday, January 29, 2009

25 Most Influential Liberals In U.S. Media


In an era where liberals have nearly filibuster-proof congressional majorities and the White House, it's particularly important for the American people to keep a scrupulous eye on the media. As I have documented on this blog before, the mainstream media leans left and there was quantifiable media favoritism which lead to Barack Obama getting elected. It's clear that Obama's lead in the polls directly corresponded with the favorable coverage given to him by the media.

The media clearly have a strong influence on public thought, and so it is imperative that we identify the ring leaders of liberal propaganda so as not to be lead around by the nose by the Democratic Party and liberal agenda. Traditionally, the role of the media is to keep politicians in check by relaying the facts of current events and historical context to the people. In a free market economy where news media are combating competition by pandering to the preferences of their viewer demographics in some ill-conceived model of uses and gratifications theory, it's crucial to identify the more influential cogs in the liberal propaganda machine so as to protect ourselves from a self-perpetuating, one party rule. Suffice it to say, the following 25 most influential liberals have the most riding on the perceived success of the Obama administration and, consequently, cannot be trusted to adhere to basic journalistic ethics. Their word is about as believable and unbiased as a White House press release.

Below are Forbes' "25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media."

25. Michael Pollan
Writer and journalism professor,
University of California, Berkeley










24. Kurt Andersen
Writer and host,
Studio 360











23. Kevin Drum
Blogger,
Mother Jones










22. Ezra Klein
Blogger and associate editor,
The American Prospect










21. James Fallows

National correspondent, The Atlantic











20. Gerald Seib
Executive Washington editor,
The Wall Street Journal











19. Andrew Sullivan

Senior editor,
The Atlantic
- The Daily Dish










18. Glenn Greenwald
Blogger,
Salon.com










17.Hendrick Hertzberg

Columnist,
The New Yorker











16. Matthew Yglesias
Blogger,
ThinkProgress










15. Maureen Dowd

Op-ed columnist,
The New York Times











14. Christopher Hitchens
Writer











13. Bill Moyers

Host and commentator,
Bill Moyers' Journal











12. Chris Matthews
Anchor,
Hardball











11. Fareed Zakaria

Editor,
Newsweek International











10. Markos Moulitsas Zuniga ("Kos")
Founder and publisher,
Daily Kos










9. David Shipley

Op-ed editor,
The New York Times











8. Joshua Micah Marshall
Founder and editor,
Talking Points Memo










7. Rachael Maddow
Host,
The Rachel Maddow Show











6. Oprah Winfrey
Presenter,
The Oprah Winfrey Show











5. Jon Stewart
Host,
The Daily Show











4. Thomas Friedman
Op-ed columnist,
The New York Times











3. Fred Hiatt
Editorial page editor,
The Washington Post











2. Arianna Huffington
Founder and columnist,
The Huffington Post










1. Paul Krugman

Op-ed columnist,
The New York Times










And the Seth's Opinion Matters selection for the nation's most influential liberal is (drum roll please...):

Seth's Opinion Matters Pick for Most Influential Media Liberal:
Keith Olbermann
Host,
Countdown With Kieth Olbermann





Congratulations Kieth, you have the highest rated show on the blatantly liberal, shamelessly partisan, and widely discredited MSNBC Network. I've no doubt Forbes omitted your name from their list to help you save face and credibility. I've corrected their error here. You're most welcome.

Now, my dear readers, please keep this list of liberals in mind when consuming the news.
If you're going to believe anything any of these people say, you might as well call up the White House and ask for Robert Gibbs. That's where these people get their information, you might as well cut out the middle man.
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