When we asked our readers who influenced the New York media scene the most in 2009, some of you scoffed at our entries.
“Did you seriously put Rachelle Hrsuka on the same media list as…Rupert Murdoch?” asked one News Corp. employee, apparently confident of his boss’ victory.
Alas, it was not to be for the Australian mogul, since one third of FishbowlNY readers voted for Dan Abrams, the MSNBC host turned blog owner and consulting firm developer. In launching Mediaite in July (and to server-crashing traffic), Abrams has assembled a crew of savvy writers (he has very good taste in journalists, if we do say so ourselves), held a launch party five months after his site went live, and plans to launch three other niche blogs in the New Year.
When asked for a comment over his sweeping support from our readers, Abrams responded, “Apparently my mom and her friends enjoy voting in polls more than I knew.” Aw, and modest to boot!
And what of our other poll entrants? Murdoch still held sway with many of our readers, claiming second place with 21 percent of the vote. Arianna Huffington was third with 15 percent, and our much-maligned choice of Guest of a Guest founder Hruska was fourth with 14 percent.
“Other” received seven percent of your votes. Who do you think we missed? Let us know in the comments.