Delivering the News: America Picks Its Favorites

Who are your favorite and least favorite news personalities? The people who conduct the popular Harris Poll asked more than 2,000 adults and the responses varied.

Bulldog Reporter’s Daily Dog gives the results below. Who would be on your lists?

Decades ago there were just a few names that dominated the news world. Everyone knew who Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley and Chet Huntley were. And, the odds were good it was one of those men who gave people their evening dose of national and world news. Today, of course, that is not the case; there are still the big three anchors, but there is also the multitude of news personalities on all the various cable stations, and even a radio personality who transcends many of his colleagues on television.

Looking at a list of 26 current affairs personalities, when asked which three are their favorites, almost one quarter say ABC News’ Diane Sawyer (23%), while one in five each say CNN’s Anderson Cooper (19%) and NBC’s Brian Williams (19%). Rounding out the top five favorite current affairs personalities are Bill O’Reilly (15%) and Barbara Walters (15%).

Looking at the flip side — which three of the 26 news personalities are America’s least favorite — almost half say Rush Limbaugh (46%). Three in ten say Bill O’Reilly (31%) and almost one-quarter say their least favorite is Nancy Grace (23%). Rounding out the top 10 least favorite news personalities are Sean Hannity (14%), Katie Couric (10%), Piers Morgan (10%), Barbara Walters (10%), Chris Matthews (10%), Rachel Maddow (7%) and Wolf Blitzer (7%). 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Indiana Chamber to Bring Real Time Election Night Coverage on Our New Site

Sure, you can listen to your favorite talking heads at CNN, MSNBC or Fox News rattle off their jargon du jour.

But for the first time, the Indiana Chamber’s web site will be Election Night Central, updating you on the status of the many state races the other guys often miss. Furthermore, we’ll be partnering with Hoosier Access and will have streaming analysis every half hour featuring our political affairs director Michael Davis and Hoosier Access’ own Josh Gillespie waxing analytical about what they’re seeing.

So the option is yours — you can watch Anderson Cooper & Company play with their crazy hand-held CGI pie charts (that’s just not natural), or you can kick it Hoosier style with the likes of us. (Ok, actually, you can do both since they’re two different mediums, but I’m on a roll.)

Just visit on election night and watch the results roll in. 

Note: This blog will also be used for running analysis in tandem with the main site, so don’t forget about us — or the communications team will whine like neglected puppies. (We think we’re people.)