Post your nominations for this week’s What’s hot/What’s not. I’ll post the finalists on Sunday night. If there are any this week, which at this point I’m not sure there are…
November 3, 2007
The Telegraph came out with a list of the 100 most influential US Conservatives…
18. GLENN BECK
Talk radio host
A reformed alcoholic and former drug addict who converted to Mormonism, Glenn Beck boasts the fourth most popular talk radio show in America with about five million listeners each week. His hour-long nightly television show on CNN is referred to by the network as “an unconventional look at the news of the day” and gives Beck’s conservative viewpoint an influential outlet in the American mainstream.
Beck recently stated he is “through with” George W. Bush, citing the issues of immigration reform and soaring government spending – a reflection of the views of many grassroots conservatives. A climate change sceptic and vocal advocate for more troops in Iraq. A persistent critic of political correctness, he has compared Al Gore to Goebbels and referred to Hillary Clinton as “Stalin in a pantsuit”. With a growing audience in the key 25-54 demographic, he is a potential heir to Rush Limbaugh.
23. ROGER AILES
President, Fox News Channel
Veteran media consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr. Along with the legendary operative Lee Attwater, he was responsible for Bush Snr’s against-the-odds victory over Michael Dukakis in 1988 by helping to portray the then Massachusetts governor as a weak leader lacking in humanity.
The presence of so many Fox personalities on this list is testament to the influence of the Murdoch-owned cable channel. Presenting an antidote to what conservatives see as the ingraining liberal bias of the mainstream media, Fox has redefined television news under Ailes’s direction since he was brought in to run it in 1996.
The Daily Telegraph has compiles a list of the 100 most influential Liberals in the U.S. A couple of MSNBCers made the cut…
38. CHRIS MATTHEWS
Cable television host
Motor-mouth presenter of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. Capitol Hill aide to the legendary House Speaker Tip O’Neill and a presidential speechwriter for Jimmy Carter. A former newspaper journalist, he had a failed run for a congressional seat in Pennsylvania in 1974.
Has become an increasingly strident critic of the Bush administration and is vilified by conservatives as the epitome of a biassed liberal journalist. Pronouncements that the Bush administration was guilty of “criminality”, that the “frogs were right” to oppose the Iraq war and that it was a mistake to “declare war on Islam” are often cited against him.
67. KEITH OLBERMANN
Cable television host
A former sports reporter, Olbermann has used his MSNBC cable show Countdown to style himself the alternative to Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, promoting an increasingly strident liberal agenda. With a rapidly growing audience and a new four-year contract, he will be a force on the Left for some time to come.
In July, he called for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to resign, saying: “We enveloped our President in 2001. And those who did not believe he should have been elected — indeed, those who did not believe he had been elected — willingly lowered their voices and assented to the sacred oath of non-partisanship. And George W. Bush took our assent, and re-configured it, and honed it, and shaped it to a razor-sharp point and stabbed this nation in the back with it.”