A National Journal poll of Washington insiders’ esteem for columnists offers a tragic view of who is influential. Note that most of the top ten are extremely pro-Israel.
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
UPDATE: I’m informed that the poll is from 2009. It actually said that in the link! I’m terribly out of date. My apologies.