Ruddy Named on 100 'Most Influential Conservatives' List

Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010 06:05 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Britain’s Daily Telegraph has named Newsmax founder and CEO Christopher Ruddy as one of its 100 “most influential U.S. conservatives.”

Ruddy, whom the newspaper listed at No. 64 Tuesday, is described as “an increasingly powerful and influential player in the conservative media and beyond.”

The newspaper, which divided its annual list of 100 into five groups of 20, published the first group, from 81 to 100, on Monday and is publishing another 20 a day.

The paper noted that the numbers do not indicate a ranking of conservative “purity.”

“These are not lists that rank ideological purity — the number one liberal will not necessarily be any more liberal than number 100.”

The Telegraph also noted: “Selecting just 200 key political figures (it also compiled a list of the top 100 liberals) in such a diverse, ideologically divided and profoundly dissatisfied country in a time of recession and two wars was not an easy task. We sought counsel from sources and contacts across the political spectrum and became embroiled in vigorous internal debates before finalizing our choices. . .

“The key to inclusion was the term ‘influence’ — which people most affect American politics both in terms of ideas and the enactment of policy . . .

“We have leaned towards those likely to be most influential in the future rather than those whose careers and impact lie in the past.”

Ruddy joins conservative luminaries included on the Monday and Tuesday lists such as Jeb Bush, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Michele Bachmann, Lou Dobbs, Joe Scarborough, and Sen. Jim DeMint.

The Telegraph's narrative for why it tapped Ruddy as the one of the 100 most influential notes:

“Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge may be household names but the low-profile Chris Ruddy is an increasingly powerful and influential player in the conservative media and beyond. Ruddy, a former investigative newspaper reporter, relentlessly investigated the Clinton administration, in particular the events surrounding the death of aide Vince Foster. He founded the Florida-based Newsmax magazine in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal of 1998.

“In 2008, the company brought in nearly $24 million in sales, maintaining its 40 per cent annual growth rate and continued to expand and increase profits as the mainstream media downsized and recorded losses. Ruddy has broadened Newsmax’s base, turning it into a trusted source of political, financial and health news and analysis. He has also forged an unlikely friendship with his old target Bill Clinton. Now generating 3.8 million unique hits per month, look for Newsmax to occupy more center ground and for Ruddy to become a better-known figure. Holds a Master’s from the London School of Economics.”


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