Something has happened to the media’s adoration for President Barack Obama.
According to an MSNBC sneak peek report, the men’s magazine GQ – which named Obama “Man of the Year” in 2008 and “Leader of the Year” in 2009 – will name the president one of its “25 Least Influential People Alive” in its December 2011 issue.
Specifically, the “leader of the free world” comes in at No. 25.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, doesn’t fare so well either, coming in at No. 24.
MSNBC further shared this embarrassing GQ comment on its talk host, Ed Schultz, who ranked No. 3: “Then there pundits like Ed Schultz. Do you watch ‘The Ed Show’ on MSNBC? Of course you don’t. No one does. The only reason people watch ‘The Ed Show’ is they’re working out in a hotel gym and they can’t find a staff member to change the channel to ESPN.”
GQ saved some its sting for Tina Brown, the editor-in-chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, who came in at No. 17.
According to Forbes, GQ said of the Newsweek chief: “Brown spent 2011 transforming Newsweek from a magazine no one reads into a magazine no one reads but everyone despises.”
Also making the “least influential” list are potential First Husband Marcus Bachmann, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and shunned country singer Hank Williams Jr.
Coming in at No. 1 on the list? Former GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty.