The Daily Beast has named its version of the top twenty-five conservative journalists in the country, following its survey of “…50 academics, politicians, journalists, and a few unclassifiable (but wise) friends.”
Now, the list omits Charles Krauthammer, so it is profoundly and perhaps even irredeemably flawed, but I’ve got to say it’s a pretty decent write-up. The term “conservative journalist” may not be the best – after all, a true journalist is neither liberal or conservative – but is nonetheless a serviceable moniker for the influential purveyors of conservative news and views the Beast seeks to catalog.
Lists are fun, and this one isn’t bad. I even learned of a couple new people to follow, like Caitlin Flanagan of The Atlantic, at number 25. Have to say I wasn’t thrilled to see David Brooks and Peggy Noonan both make the top 10 – they’re credible entries but 6 and 4, respectively?
Glenn Beck comes in at number 2 – one spot above Rush Limbaugh, which is not surprising but seemed more like a tip of the hat to the recency and intensity of Beck’s appearance on the stage, as opposed to actual greater influence than Limbaugh (which I don’t think he has). There were definitely a few folks from the Wall Street Journal, and a few other Fox News Channel personalities – which, surprisingly, included Neil Cavuto (I didn’t think most people would consider him conservative, or at least substantially conservative).
Anyway….cheers to an informative and entertaining compendium by Tunku Varadarajan.
P.S. For kicks, here’s my opinion on a few the list should’ve included but did not: Charles Krauthammer, Jonah Goldberg, and either Bill Kristol (Editor, Weekly Standard) or Rich Lowry (National Review).