For the third consecutive year, both Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report and Shepard Smith of Fox News have been added to Out magazine’s annual “Power List,” a list of “the gay men and women whose power and prestige is instrumental in influencing the way Americans think about, and engage with, the world.”

Out is a gay interest magazine…

Of Smith, No. 8 on the list (up from No. 9), the magazine calls him “a lone, trusted voice in a sea of just plain awful.”

“With a viewership that beats out both competing networks and the rest of his own network’s lineup,” it says, “it’s safe to say the Mississippi native isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.”

Of Drudge, No. 21 (down from No. 16): “What started as an email newsletter of gossip and opinion for friends in Los Angeles in the early ’90s remains an essential news aggregator for political gossip junkies — of course, with Drudge’s conservative viewpoints at the forefront. The Internet media kingpin now runs his site from his two Miami homes — maybe he’ll start stepping into the spotlight more?”

Neither Smith nor Drudge have ever said they are gay. Smith is divorced from his 1987 marriage to Virginia Donald.

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