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It's been all of a week since there was a mainstream media bandwagon article promoting the ratings-challenged Keith Olbermann. So enter TVWeek who has helpfully prepared a list of the Top 10 Most Powerful People in TV News. Their list?
1. Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News
2. Steve Capus, President of NBC News
3. Charles Gibson, Anchor, ABC's 'World News'
4. David Westin, President of ABC News
5. Tim Russert, Managing editor and moderator of 'Meet the Press' and senior VP and Washington bureau chief for NBC News
6. Keith Olbermann, Host of MSNBC's 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann'
7. Sean McManus, President of CBS News
8. Jon Klein, President of CNN/U.S.; Ken Jautz, Executive VP of CNN Worldwide; Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide
9. N.S. Bienstock, Talent agency
10. Jon Stewart, Anchor of Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show'
And their twisted logic on why Olbermann ranks so high on this list?
Why he was chosen: The utter failure of Phil Donahue on MSNBC in 2003 was presumed to mean left-leaning hosts of prime-time TV shows were an endangered species. But, lo, a star rose in the west over Secaucus, N.J., and its name was Keith Olbermann.First-quarter 2007 ratings for the cranky Mr. Olbermann's "Countdown" rose 76 percent year-to-year to an average 713,000 viewers and helped galvanize MSNBC's increasingly popular, politically obsessed lineup; even the first telecast of "Tucker Carlson" perked up 33 percent to 238,000 viewers in the first quarter.Mr. Olbermann's take-no-prisoners approach frequently means he gives a demographic beat-down to his CNN competitor, Paula Zahn.
Demographic beat-down? Have they seen his recent ratings? Olbermann isn't the one delivering "beat-downs", he's the one getting them from Zahn, Nancy Grace, and of course, O'Reilly. But then again, how seriously can you take a list who lists a comedian as one of the most powerful people in news?