Rush Limbaugh Left Off '35 Most Powerful People in Media' List

Rush Limbaugh is the most listened to talk radio host in America.

Yet for at least the second year in a row, he's been left off the Hollywood Reporter's "35 Most Powerful People in Media" list.

Those that made the list include MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, Rachel Maddow, and Joe Scarborough.

Are these three folks really more powerful than Limbaugh?

Apparently so are Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper, Bob Costas, Katie Couric, Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, Kelly Ripa, Howard Stern, Michael Strahan, Jon Stewart, Wendy Williams, and Anna Wintour.

These folks are all more powerful than the most listened to radio host in the nation? Really?

Also curious is the absence of Fox News's Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren who both have better ratings than all of the MSNBCers on this list as well as the CNNers.

It therefore would be interesting to find out what THR considers powerful.

Do they not believe radio is a powerful medium? If so, why is Howard Stern on this list?

Certainly it's not because of his role on America's Got Talent!

In addition, THR can't claim this list involves only television personalities because there are a number of newspaper and magazine executives named.

As such, if radio is included, where is Mark Levin on this list? With his audience as well as his best-selling books, he's certainly more powerful than many of those named.

The same could be said of Glenn Beck who continues to be a media powerhouse on radio, print, and the other platforms he's created.

So what gives, THR?

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.