Opinion makers

The United States public sphere is extremely complex, with many opinion makers, and in the current media system most of them reach subsets of the population rather than the mass public as a whole. Cable television commentators such as Sean Hannity of Fox News and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, for example, have relatively large influence, but their audiences are small minorities of the mass public, on the political right and left, respectively. If we look at the most-followed Twitter accounts in the United States, most belong to popular music or entertainment celebrities. Others high on the list include, in order, former President Barack Obama, television talk show host Ellen deGeneres, President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, television talk show host Oprah Winfrey, The New York Times, and basketball player LeBron James.