President Trump Beats Barack Obama for “Most Admired Man,” But the Media Ignore It

National   |   Brad Wilmouth   |   Dec 31, 2020   |   10:55AM   |   Washington, DC

On Tuesday morning, Fox News viewers got to see that, for the first time, President Donald Trump has come in first place in Gallup’s annual poll of “most admired man” of the year.

But in contrast with how journalists swooned over former President Barack Obama the last time he came in first place, the other networks have so far ignored the finding.

On Tuesday’s Fox & Friends, news reader Jillian Mele informed viewers that Trump had pulled ahead of Obama for the first time, and that, in spite of winning the presidential election, President-elect Joe Biden still comes in behind Obama. Here’s Mele:


A Gallup poll finds President Trump to be the most admired man of 2020 — 18 percent of Americans naming him as their pick, ending Barack Obama’s 12-year run. He, by the way, got 15 percent of the vote. Broken down by party, 48 percent of Republicans named President Trump their most admired man, compared to just 13 percent of Democrats naming Joe Biden.

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Last year, Obama and Trump were tied for first place, and 2018 was the last year Obama was unequivocally in first place. In each case, you don’t have to get to 20 percent to win, because they don’t offer a list. You have to volunteer your answer.

Two years ago, on December 27th, the CBS Evening News hyped the finding in its tease: “In a Gallup poll released today, First Lady Michelle Obama was voted the woman most admired by Americans this year. And, apparently, it’s a family thing because Barack Obama is the most admired man in America for the 11th consecutive year.”

On the same day’s NBC Nightly News, fill-in anchor Kate Snow cheerily gushed:



Every year, Gallup puts out its list of the most admired men and women in America. This year, winners of those two groups have the same last name — Barack and Michelle Obama in the top two spots. It was President Obama’s 11th win in a row, but a first for the former First Lady. Oprah was in second place. Hillary Clinton — who had held the top spot for 17 years — came in third, tied with Melania Trump. President Trump was second among the men.

CBS This Morning, ABC’s Good Morning America, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and CNN Tonight also covered the story in 2018.

Tuesday’s Fox & Friends was sponsored in part by Liberty Mutual. Their contact information is linked. Let then know you appreciate the show keeping their viewers informed of matters censored by the more liberal networks. Note: Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst for the Media Research Center and a graduate of the University of Virginia. This column originally appeared on the NewsBusters web site and is reprinted with permission.