Which media figures influence the insiders?
National Journal published the results of its most recent poll that asked a panel of Congressional and Political Insiders to rank, one-through-five, those columnists, bloggers, and television or radio commentators who most help to shape their own opinion or worldview.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman received more points than anyone else, with support from both Democrats and Republicans.
Thomas Friedman Total points (T): 335 Dem. Points (D): 230 Rep. Points (R) :105
David Brooks T: 282 D: 141 R: 141
Charles Krauthammer T: 281 D: 1 R: 280
George Will T: 246 D: 23 R: 223
Paul Krugman T: 182 D: 181 R: 1
David Broder T: 165 D: 106 R: 59
E.J. Dionne T: 147 D: 143 R: 4
Karl Rove T: 126 D: 1 R: 125
Peggy Noonan T: 101 D: 5 R: 96
William Kristol T: 91 D: 5 R: 86
Check out the list of insiders that weighed in, the insider’s comments on each media personality and the full list of media via sortable interactive graphic at NJ’s site here.