One man’s list of the top 25 conservative journalists

My former colleague Tunku Varadarajan ranks the right-wingers today at The Daily Beast. It’s an interesting list, certain to provoke some debate. For instance: No Charles Krauthammer?

In descending ascending [corrected from original text -- KW] order:

25. Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic

24. Mary O’Grady, The Wall Street Journal

23. Marc Morano, ClimateDepot.com

22. Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit.com

21. Laura Ingraham, radio host

20. Joseph Rago, The Wall Street Journal

19. Mark Steyn, freelance writer

OK, I don’t want to be a spoiler; check out the rest of the list for yourselves and then let me know what you think. Who’s missing? Whose inclusion surprised you?

(And please, no condolences about yours truly not making the cut…I just couldn’t take the salt in the wound…)

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Adolph's Quick-cuts

February 11th, 2010
9:54 am

First* in the hearts of my countrymen.

*If George Washington had the heart of a dork, and the P of a nimrod.

Hard Right Hook

February 11th, 2010
10:01 am

Howie Carr, the Boston Globe. Great stuff.

MAC

February 11th, 2010
10:02 am

In terms of influence….. Matt Drudge is ranked way too low, David Brooks and George Will way too high.

Brooks isn’t even a conservative.

Adolph's Quick-cuts

February 11th, 2010
10:03 am

A list of Tea Party conservatives can be forged from the best of three worlds: the tired, the poor and the wretched yearning to tag-team a candidate by threatening him with the set of steak knives they won by coming in second in the science contest.

Adolph's Quick-cuts

February 11th, 2010
10:04 am

jconservative

February 11th, 2010
10:47 am

I would argue with the inclusion of two.

Hannity is not a conservative in my view. Hannity is a big government liberal. Look closely and you will see a long list of “sins” Hannity wants corrected, corrected by Government. In my book that spells liberal.

O’Reilly is similiar. He is truly conservative on some isues but truly liberal on others. And he attacks on a lot of issues that are at the bottom of the list of important things to get done. They probably please his audience but are really unimportant.

I realize the list is of “influential” conservatives. But I find it strange that liberals are on a list of influential conservatives.

But there are probably stranger things.

Davo

February 11th, 2010
10:53 am

Pointless. Nice job killing the good discussion of your previous thread, Kyle. Scoring points with your neo-con repeaters?

I’m taking a break from your blog for awhile. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen you kill a topic (specifically when it questions ‘conservative values) just as it gets interesting.

Best of luck Wooten Jr…I’m out.

Kyle Wingfield

February 11th, 2010
10:59 am

Davo: Who says there can’t be multiple discussions at once? That happens on here quite a bit…and in fact is happening right now.

I recall you complaining previously that I didn’t post frequently enough. Now it’s too often?

Adolph's Quick-cuts

February 11th, 2010
11:06 am

Kathy Lee, on the Today show, has weighed in on the most pressing issue of the day, second only to Kyle’s neo-ranking of most conservative traitors. Is it proper to perform in your underwear (Us Magazine)? The question concerns Madonna, Lady Ga Ga, and the Kardashians.

Why don’t they ask the Waistbandito Bomber?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

February 11th, 2010
11:13 am

After looking at Varadarajan’s list, I think I don’t know what is a journalist. If it is synonymous with “opinion shaper contributing an idea weekly or more frequently” I guess it is an ok list. I don’t really think of Limbaugh or Beck as journalists, as I associate the term with print. But they are undeniably opinion shapers.

My list of conservative journalists would read:
1) Thomas Sowell
2) Ann Coulter
3) Walter E. Williams
4) Fouad Ajami
5) Andrew Breitbart
6) Matt Drudge
7) Dan Henninger
8) Stephen Moore
9) Norman Podhoretz
10) Kim Strassel

Ragnar Danneskjöld

February 11th, 2010
11:16 am

I don’t know why Stephen Moore has a smiley face, although he is undoubtedly an economist. Varadarajan is a pretty good writer too.

LibraryJim

February 11th, 2010
11:49 am

Ragnar, it’s the emoticon 8 followed by the close parenthesis ) that makes a smiley face. if you put a space after the 8, it won’t show up. 8) :-)

LibraryJim

February 11th, 2010
11:50 am

I forgot to do the example:
8)

8 )

CJ

February 11th, 2010
12:00 pm

These guys are right-wingers, but contrary to the headline, they’re not journalists.

A. Palled

February 11th, 2010
12:23 pm

“In descending order” is certainly the correct phrase to use when mentioning this bunch. It’s also shocking that the Daily Beast doesn’t know the difference between a “journalist” and a “columnist.”

On second thought, it’s not so shocking.

Dearie Smith

February 11th, 2010
12:58 pm

What about Bill Bennett, Morning in America, if we are including hosts, and not just print jounalists?

emo

February 11th, 2010
12:58 pm

There are any conservative journalists in the unanimously librul media? Let alone 25? Whoda thought?

Kyle Wingfield

February 11th, 2010
1:05 pm

Ah, thanks for the catch A. Palled. I’ll fix “descending.”

Jefferson

February 11th, 2010
1:09 pm

What’s the odds on Bennett? Could you bet on/with him?

jm

February 11th, 2010
1:11 pm

I am surprised by the omission of Tony Blankley, Cal Thomas and Charles Krauthammer

somewhereinga

February 11th, 2010
1:36 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the names Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh and Beck included in a list of “journalists” before. How about Brenda Starr and Lois Lane? They are about as “journalist” as the other list!

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 11th, 2010
1:52 pm

no condolences about yours truly not making the cut

Look on the bright side Kyle; I know who you are. Half the people on the list, I’ve never heard of.

@@

February 11th, 2010
1:52 pm

What? No Thomas Sowell, Charles Krauthammer, Larry Elder, John Stossell, Walter E. Williams, Bill Bennett, Daniel Henninger, Stuart Varney?

No Tammy Bruce?

I adore Steyn…absolutely adore the man, and his columns. O.K., so I like Paul Gigot and Neil Cavuto.

The others listed are fine, just a little hyper for my taste.

I like Dave Ramsey too. NO, make that……I LUV DAVE RAMSEY!

Rita

February 11th, 2010
2:18 pm

The list gives hope to every loud, angry, pudgy college dropout (Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck), or in a couple cases, high school dropouts (Matt Drudge, Andrew Breitbart) with a history of substance abuse (re: Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh). I may have been overly generous with Glenn, who was too stoned to complete the ONE class at Yale that Joe Lieberman helped him get into, and Sean, who started pimping himself to radio stations right after high school but today claims he “didn’t have the money” to go to college.

The Founders placed such great value on higher education that they helped create the world’s greatest university system with the aim of making it widely available. They would be appalled by the contempt some conservatives, WHO SAY THEY SPEAK FOR THE FOUNDERS, have for our American universities that are now the envy of the world. It isn’t “elitist” to suggest that anyone who sells himself as an expert analyst of current and past events should have taken some poli-sci or advanced American History courses. Then again, it may be a good thing to remain voluntarily semi-educated. Otherwise, one would choke on the sheer volume of inaccurate, unscientific blather these guys produce.

Adolph's Quick-cuts

February 11th, 2010
2:35 pm

This so called list of conservative journalists reads exactly like the list of rankings of smartest to dumbest dogs!! While the first ten journalists listed are certainly conservative enough to roll over and beg, the middle 11-20 on the list are only good when the newspaper’s rolled up.

The entire list, however, are total news-hounds perfect for sniffing each other’s back-stories, and thus they all deserve the poodle-licker prize.

bwa.

8) COOL! Wait, I hate emoticons. I’m afraid of them. Especially the one that depicts the face of a guy nursing a gas bubble.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

February 11th, 2010
3:04 pm

I’ve never heard or seen one molecule of insight from Laura Ingraham. Nick Gillespie looks like a cross between Steve Buscemi and George Stephanopolous. Beck is often funny on the radio, but rarely so on TV. George Will remains the gold standard.

hatin' on the stupid

February 11th, 2010
3:33 pm

Most of these would make my top 25 to be guillatined for the disservice they do their country.

Tyler Durden

February 11th, 2010
3:34 pm

Ahh, once again: the wingnuts are confusing entertainment with information. Rush Limbaugh is your leader, followed by O’Reilly, Coulter, and Beck.

No wonder there’s no logic coming from your side of the fence: you’re all standing in the same echo chamber being brainwashed by these clowns. For a litmus test of a REAL journalist, simply find one willing to debate a liberal in an open forum.

Oh… that’s right. There isn’t one. 8)

hatin' on the stupid

February 11th, 2010
3:34 pm

Their’s may be even an older profession than prostitution.

LibraryJim

February 11th, 2010
3:44 pm

Turn that around, Tyler, let’s find a liberal willing to take on a conservative in a fair, open forum. I’m still waiting for Al Gore to take up the challenge to debate on Global Warming without having security waiting to escort out of the hall those who ask tough questions.

Ah, I do miss “Firing Line” with William F. Buckley.

The Carnivore

February 11th, 2010
3:50 pm

Either you are a journalist, or you are biased in some way. You cannot be both. There is no such thing as conservative and liberal journalists. There must be a clear separation of news and opinion, or the media will lose its credibility.

Oh wait….

Tyler Durden

February 11th, 2010
3:54 pm

Name the last time O’Reilly, Limbaugh or Coulter spoke outside of ‘friendly confines’ like Faux News. In fact, name ANY time Limbaugh has appeared ANYWHERE neutral. I believe he got laughed off Letterman once a few years back, but that’s it.

Bookman has begged Boortz to debate him in a on-air or in a fair forum (AKA not somewhere where the FairTax Zombie Army has been airlifted) and yet Boortz refuses. Even Al Franken begged O’Reilly and Limbaugh to debate him. The sound of their silence was deafening.

In true wingnut fashion: never let the facts get in the way of your ideology! 8)

sam

February 11th, 2010
3:57 pm

Brooks should be higher…a conservative who doesnt kow tow…

sam

February 11th, 2010
3:58 pm

where is the esteemed kyle wingfield on this list?

sam

February 11th, 2010
4:00 pm

the fact that hannity, beck, oreilly are listed as journalists says it all…..with this reasoning I am a pro athlete.

sam

February 11th, 2010
4:01 pm

oh and limbuagh too,, c’mon.

Church of the Latter Day Dude

February 11th, 2010
4:08 pm

The best writer may be Little Larry.

Is this your paper Larry?

Is this your paper Larry?

neo-Carlinist

February 11th, 2010
4:10 pm

first, are we talking about true conservatives or the made for TV actors we see in today’s media? so; let’s get rid of Hannity, Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Beck. The phrase; “…I am not a conservative, I just play one on TV…” comes to mind here. I don’t know enough about Cavuto, but I am not ready to dump someone just because they are on TV. BUT, I most certainly will dump ANY chick who claims to be “conservative”. Female conservative is an oxymoron in my book (not because I think females cannot be conservative, but I don’t think true conservatives can be female – I guess that makes me a sexist, which actually bolsters my conservative position). SO, good bye Ingram, Malkin and Noonan. George Will? He’s a jock sniff. You want to find the top conservative journalists? Pick up a copy of The American Conservative (Pat Buchanan, Andrew Bacevich, Bill Kaufman, and part-time scribe Ron Paul).

Allen

February 11th, 2010
4:42 pm

I think there is such a thing as advocacy journalism; Kyle is a good example of an honest broker in that world. But can we please stop calling the Limbaughs and Hannitys of the world journalists? Please?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

February 11th, 2010
4:44 pm

Dear Tyler @ 3:54, you are clearly unfamiliar with Chairman Ann’s campus tours. She delivers a short talk, and then starts the audience participation. Great entertainment (at least from a conservative perspective.) And I think Rush this week offered to represent the repubs at the Blair House Heallthcare and Beer summit, hoping to debate Chauncey. Don’t think you realize that the right thinkers are loaded for bear.

MAC

February 11th, 2010
4:51 pm

“Brooks should be higher…a conservative who doesnt kow tow…”

That’s because he’s not a conservative, he’s a self-professed “moderate” and Obama admirer.

LA

February 11th, 2010
4:56 pm

Kyle

Just when I thought liberals could not get any more stupid….along comes Joe Biden

Joe Biden update: Iraq one of Obama’s ‘great achievements’

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/02/joe-biden-update-larry-king-iraq-obama-sarah-palin.html

LA

February 11th, 2010
4:57 pm

“Rush Limbaugh is your leader, followed by O’Reilly, Coulter, and Beck.”

And to counter that stupid comment:

Keith Olberwoman, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Larry King, Anderson Cooper are the leaders of the left.

LA

February 11th, 2010
4:59 pm

jconservative

You’re comment about Hannity is spot on. He’s not a conservative. Especially since he follows Karl Rove and other neo-cons.

In my view the best conservative writers are:

Thomas Sowell

Jonah Goldberg

Victor Davis Hanson

Byron York

MAC

February 11th, 2010
5:08 pm

With today’s technology and 24/7/365 information, the term journalist is irrelevant anymore.

Those that claim there are still effective journalistic standards and ethics are either lying or fantasizing. Reporting/editorializing on politics, environment, social issues, terrorism, even many school textbooks reeks of advocacy while pretending it’s only giving you the unbiased facts.

MAC

February 11th, 2010
5:14 pm

I’m surprised Bill Kristol and/or Fred Barnes didn’t make the top 25. Not pushing for them…just surprised. The Weekly Standard is relatively influential in conservative politics.

@@

February 11th, 2010
5:21 pm

LA:

People are gonna start thinking you and I are the same person. I just went off on Joe’s comment over at Bookman’s. I stopped by the other day, and you were covering the same topic I was covering….again at Bookman’s.

Maybe I should just take your LA over to Bookman’s.

(ISH)

LA

February 11th, 2010
5:32 pm

@@

I was somehow able to post a few comments and Bookman pulled them. None of them were offensive. That guy just doesn’t like me at all.

I was in Florida this past week and posted about 5-7 off the wall comments like FREE LA etc, and Bookman pulled those comments.

I’m guessing that Bookman is just angry that his messiah Obama has fallen back to earth.

LA

February 11th, 2010
5:33 pm

With absolute power, Team Obama grows stupid

By: Michael Barone

How could such smart people do so many stupid things? That question, or variations on it, is being asked in Washington and around the country about the Obama administration.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/With-absolute-power_-Team-Obama-grows-stupid-83945567.html

LA

February 11th, 2010
5:34 pm

More bad news for communist liberal democrat voters.

Health Care Reform
61% Say Congress Should Start All Over Again on Health Care

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/september_2009/health_care_reform