A Dissent: President Trump is the Most Influential in Media and It’s Not Even Close

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Every year the editorial staff at Mediaite enjoys a spirited discussion about the power of influence in the political news media, and those discussions are honed, chiseled and eventually immortalized in Mediaite’s Most Influential in News Media list. It’s a wildly entertaining conversation that takes into account variables like ratings, circulation, editorial independence and, of course, the year’s best scoops and stories that drove the news cycle.

The first criteria of who gets included in this list of newsmakers is, of course, that they have to be a member of the media. But we have to recognize that rule excludes the single most influential individual in today’s media landscape: President Donald Trump.

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