Sensing a shortage of lists in popular culture, The Daily Beast's Tunku Varadarajan has put together a roster of "The Right's Top 25 Journalists," based not necessarily on the quality of their work, but on the influence they wield over the masses.
And guess who's number six: None other than Michelle Malkin, who, since moving to Colorado Springs, has engaged in numerous local events (read about her role in Colorado's porkiest anti-stimulus protest ever) and controversies (she called the window-smashing at Denver's Democratic HQ, which was initially, and incorrectly, blamed on right-wingers, "a teachable moment").
Who's lower on the roster than Malkin? Sean Hannity, George Will and Matt Drudge, among others. And who's ahead of her?
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Just Bill O'Reilly, Peggy Noonan, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and top-dog -- Paul Gigot? Yes, Gigot's the editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal, but he doesn't command an army of 9.12 believers or Ditto-heads.
Here's what Varadarajan wrote about MM:
Fearsomely combative, Malkin is a conservative columnist who minces no words and takes no prisoners. Although there is little nuance in her writing, there is never a shortage of conviction. Those who provoke her ire are addressed with an aggression that borders on the bellicose.
In this context, presumably, that's a good thing. Mr. O'Reilly, you'd better watch your back.