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Rachel Maddow, the Nation, Daily Kos: Winners in AlterNet's Poll of Most Influential Progressives

Here are the media personalities and publications that progressives love most.

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It's clearly harder to gain influence without a regular TV platform. A poll that looked at just writers would have these talented progressives in the top 10: Paul Krugman, Naomi Klein, Matt Taibbi (13th) , Seymour Hersh (16th), Jim Hightower (17th), Chris Hedges (18th), Glenn Greenwald (19th), Katrina van den Heuvel (20th),  David Corn (22nd),  and Jeremy Scahill (23rd).

In the online magazine contest, it's interesting that the Nation and Mother Jones also have print versions, as does the Progressive, which came in at seven. Meanwhile, others in the online top 10 are web only, including (in addition to HuffPo, Salon and TruthOut) Think Progress at six, TruthDig at eight, Common Dreams at nine, and Talking Points Memo at 10. A relative newcomer, but gaining traction, is Raw Story at 11, and in a big accomplishment, TomDispatch, the creation of uber book editor Tom Englehardt, which typically publishes just three major features a week, is at 13,  just behind the Utne Reader at 12 , and ahead of the American Prospect at 14 and CounterPunch, at 15. 

As for the blogosphere, it seems those blogs with most influence also garner the most visitor traffic, according to various tracking systems. The second five most influential blogs are: Right-Wing Watch, Wonkette, Liberal Oasis, Kevin Drum's blog, which is on Mother Jones, and Juan Digby's Hullabaloo comes in at 11. 

One of the weaknesses of the progressive universe is the lack of influential voices of color. AlterNet's audience, along with most of the progressive magazines and blogs, have audiences of color that percentage wise are relatively small -- generally in the 10-15 percent range by on-line measuring companies. Meanwhile the overall population of African Americans and Latinos in the U.S. is roughly 28 percent. There are no people of color who host television shows with big audiences, with the exception of Juan Gonzalez, who co-hosts Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

In terms of this survey, ranking the 10 most influential people of color: Cornel West, Melissa Harris-Perry, Juan Gonzalez, Bob Herbert, James Rucker, Patricia Williams, Don Rojas, Rinku Sen, Kai Wright, and Roberto Lovato. 

Some demographic information about the survey participants: 52.9% are male, 46.7 % are female. This comes closer to gender equity than most data on who reads and watches progressive media, and .3% or 27 transgender people. The majority of people who participated were over 50 years old, while just about 30% were between 25 and 49. 65% have college or graduate degrees, and 55% read AlterNet every day, while  20% only occasionally, or came to AlterNet for the first time to fill out the survey.

It should be kept in mind that while we did our best to be inclusive, there will no doubt be differences of opinion; first on who is a progressive as well as who was included in the list of nominees. Our apologies to anyone who feels left out. We encouraged people to write in names in all categories, and we will include anyone who got any significant mention in the next survey.

Poll participants were asked to choose the 10 people, magazines and blogs they thought most influential, with 1 being the most influential. Then for ranking in each category, each number 1 vote was given 10 points, number 2, 9 points, down to 1 point for a number 10. 

Most Influential Progressives Total Points
Rachel Maddow 79,990
Michael Moore 57,574
Jon Stewart 56,139
Keith Olbermann 45,830
Amy Goodman 42,883
Noam Chomsky 38,326
Bill Maher 37,698
Paul Krugman 35,711
Stephen Colbert 32,850
Ed Schultz 31,878
Naomi Klein 28,921
Arianna Huffington 27,860
Matt Taibbi 24,889
Thom Hartmann 21,692
Chris Hayes 18,002
Seymour Hersh 16,279
Jim Hightower 16,140
Chris Hedges 15,848
Glenn Greenwald 15,817
Katrina van den Heuvel 15,057
Cenk Uygur 13,948
David Corn 12,539
Jeremy Scahill 11,586
Robert Greenwald 11,179
Cornel West 10,858
Frank Rich 10,295
Markos Moulitsas 9,742
Dylan Rattigan 8,579
Melissa Harris-Perry 7,697
Barbara Ehrenreich 7,630
Juan Gonzalez 7,505
Laura Flanders 7,223
Bob Herbert 7,184
Jane Hamsher 6,384
David Brock 6,096
Online Mags Total Points
The Nation 66,454
Mother Jones 59,323
Huffington Post 50,996
Truth Out 45,034
Salon 41,069
Think Progress 37,252
The Progressive 32,286
TruthDig 30,883
Common Dreams 27,999
TalkingPointsMemo 27,314
Raw Story 14,943
Utne Reader 13,536
TomDispatch 13,428
American Prospect 13,169
CounterPunch 11,680
ProPublica 11,553
Open Democracy 10,860
InTheseTimes 9,375
Yes! Magazine 8,685
Washington Monthly 8,111
Blogs Total Points
DailyKos 51,301
Media Matters 50,596
FireDogLake 42,129
Crooks And Liars 36,441
Ezra Klein-Washington Post 28,268
Right Wing Watch 15,682
Wonkette 12,199
Liberal Oasis 12,113
DrumBeat 10,905 10,367
Hullabaloo 9,208
AmericaBlog 8,443
Feministing 8,442
Matthew Yglesias 8,072
Atrios 7,953
Lawyers, Guns & Money 6,957
LeftCoaster 6,937
Political Animal 5,843
NoMoreMisterNiceBlog 5,458
AmericanBlog 4,791

Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.