As we’ve mentioned many times before here, our de facto motto is “We watch cable news so you don’t have to.” That’s partially because the medium is chock full of heavily-recycled talking heads, non-stop shoutfests, and a general lack of progress in terms of better reporting, punditry, or interviewing.
We took a look across the big three cable nets — Fox, CNN, and MSNBC — and selected nine people we think have significantly increased their profile over the past year, while raising the bar for others, making them “rising stars” of a format desperately in need of fresh faces and new ideas.
This former Romney advisor and U.N. ambassador spokesman just renewed his contract with Fox, cementing his position as one of the network’s top-level pundits for the next election cycle. Grenell has boosted his profile since 2012 by relentlessly criticizing the mainstream and liberal press for what he sees as double standards and unchecked errors &mdash adding “media critic” to his well-established foreign policy and electoral politics credentials. Expect to see and hear a lot from him during primary season.