We started getting Newsweek & Time at work. I was offered them and declined. I think they are biased to such a degree that I simply cannot trust anything they “report”. However, I stumbled upon a cover (Nov 8, 2010) got my attention. “The Power 50” with big Rush as # 1. I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh, so don’t have much of an opinion on whether he is good or bad. But I do wonder why do they think he’s # 1, with talk radio only? Is TV not a bigger medium with a larger audience? Looking at their list with some of the comments from the article I decided that I had a few thoughts and questions…
- Rush Limbaugh Male Talk show host $58.7 million
- Glenn Beck Male Talk show host $33 million
- Sean Hannity Male Talk show host $22 million
- Bill O’Reilly Male Talk show host $20 million
- Jon Stewart Male Talk show host $15 million
- Sarah Palin Female Former government official $14 million
- Don Imus Male Talk show host $11 million
- Bill Clinton Male Former government official $7.7 million
- Keith Olbermann Male Talk show host $7.5 million
- Rudy Giuliani Male Former government official $7 million
- Laura Ingraham Female Talk show host $7 million
“The Rush Limbaugh Show” is on the air three hours a day, five days a week, carried by some 650 radio stations. Industry estimates put his weekly audience somewhere between 15 million and 20 million.”
Would that put his daily audience at 3-4 million? About the same as Beck or O’Reilly, but less than any network?
“News anchors such as Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Jim Lehrer earn more than enough money to appear in the top 50, but they serve mostly as conduits for information, not merchants of ideas. So we left them off.”
Wow! Does anyone at SUFA buy that? From the TeaParty being continually linked with racism to Palin being tied to the Tucson shooting, they inject their spin on all political coverage! At this point they are really just as much merchants of ideas as anyone on talk radio. How about we add them to the list, just to see the numbers?
Katie Couric, CBS Evening News $15 million (Puts her ahead of Sara Palin)
(CONDOLEEZZA RICE interview, presses the Bush lied theme)
officials knew there was a small chance of actually finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Matt Lauer, NBC Today coanchor $12 million (He and Sawyer would tie at #8)
(GB interview, was against extending tax cuts)
But we’ve been living under that system for seven years now and we’ve seen incredibly slow growth in jobs. So why should we continue down that path?
Diane Sawyer $12 million
(only reports AGW side, had 10 climate scientist, one viewpoint)
Another winter storm roared through today. More records were toppled, and it heightened that question: Do the leading scientists now agree that this is global warming?
Meredith Vieira, NBC Today coanchor $10 million (Made the top ten!)
(On Sara Palin shooting a gun. )
VIEIRA: Plus you’re with a woman with a gun. The whole thing makes me nervous, you know?
Brian Williams, $8 million (pass, will dig up something if requested)
I think I have shown news anchors do interject themselves into many of their stories.
At #5 we have Jon Stewart who weighs in at $15 million. I have no issue with Jon Stewart or talk show hosts, but aren’t there some other people missing? I don’t get to watch much TV during the day, but I know there are shows other than “Days of Our Lives” and “Scooby Doo.” I remember “The View” weighing in on politics on a regular basis, so why were they left out? Not paid enough? Let’s Take a look:
- Barbara Walters – $12 million (including 20/20 and Specials)
- Joy Behar- $1.5 million & $1.8 million for her HLN show
- Whoopi Goldberg- $ 2 million
- Elisabeth Hasselbeck–$1.25 million
- Sherri Shephard- $ 1 million
Joy Behar should have made the list twice, for “The View” and her own show on HLN. Newsweek stated, “conservatives dominate the list”. Could they have missed anyone? I understand Rush is big, and $60 million a year is a lot of money. What liberal could possibly compete with that? Oprah Winfrey, per year $260 million. She has gone from having her own show, to having her own channel! Does she have any opinion on politics? Any influence on the American public? Did she openly back anyone in a political race?
“Included in the rankings are politicians, ex-politicians, media personalities, and political consultants who hawk their personal brands in the public marketplace—and influence American political discourse in the process.”
No, I guess Oprah just doesn’t fit their description. Could they have missed anyone else that influences American political discourse?
Individual donations to “527” organizations (2001 to 2010)
George Soros: $32.5 million
Koch Brothers: $1.5 million
So-called 527 groups are non-profit, tax-exempt organizations that are allowed to raise money for political activities including voter mobilization efforts, issue advocacy and other actions. They are allowed to raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals, corporations and unions.
Soros spends millions each year pushing his liberal agenda, but Newsweek doesn’t think that has any effect on our politics?
I kinda wonder how Newsweek is doing, as a business. Is there money to be made claiming to be an un-biased news magazine and attacking conservatives?
“NEW YORK — Newsweek, a 77-year-old magazine that once helped set the national news agenda, is linking its future with a startup website just two years in the making.
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