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Beck Makes List of Top 50 Pundits Going Into 2012 Campaign Season

These are the "only pundits you need to pay attention to between now and the election."

America's political dialogue is directed by a continuously growing number of political pundits, "talking heads," perhaps more so now than ever. Michael Brendan Dougherty and Glynnis MacNicol of the Politix page of Business Insider have named, in their opinion, the 50 "only pundits you need to pay attention to between now and the election."

The 50 pundits were named in no particular order, and the Biz Insider guys gave some entertaining assessments of the power players in political media:

  • On Chris Hayes of MSNBC, until recently the Washington Editor of The Nation:

"He is pioneering a new style in punditry: super-nerdy, super-quick, interested in arcane details and detailed arcana. And really really sincere! It can seem as if Hayes and his guests sprung directly from the mind of Aaron Sorkin (creator of The West Wing)."

  • On Andy Levy of Fox News' Red Eye:

"Fox News' dead-of-night show 'Red Eye has a devoted following that keeps its ratings sky high.  The same can be said for Levy, who has a talent for throwing a perfectly aimed 140 character jab, the sort that knocks a person out before then even know they've been hit (cf. Chris Brown)."

  • On Andrew Sullivan, writer of The Dish blog on The Daily Beast (Formerly on The Atlantic, formerly on Time):

"Now that Sarah Palin is no longer in the game and Sullivan has dropped his Trig birtherism obsession he is back in top form."

  • On Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report:

"Why You Should Follow Him: Because literally everyone else in the media is following his lead."

  • On Glenn Beck and "his new web-empire The Blaze and his radio show and GBTV- his new web television venture:"

"When Glenn Beck recommends a book it goes straight to the top of Amazon.  When he draws a big gigantic map of the world complete with flame illustrations on his chalkboard the world 'caliphate' immediately trends on Google...for days. "

Check out the full list at Business Insider.

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