Reader’s Digest put out its annual list of the “100 Most Trusted People in America” based on feedback from over 1,000 randomly surveyed people. The list seeks to “discover which individuals and the ideals they represent have earned our confidence” this year.
“Here's something,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Now, this is coming from Reader's Digest. So I mean, you know, like you're going to put any stock in Reader's Digest at this point. Reader's Digest just put a new poll out: 100 Most Trusted People in America. Hear me: Most trusted people in America, the 100.”
So who is the most trusted person in America today? Well, none other than Tom Hanks.
Yes, that’s right. Tom Hanks is considered the most trustworthy person in the United States.
And who’s number two on the list? Naturally, its Tom Hanks’ co-star in the critically panned movie Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close, Sandra Bullock.
“I don't trust Sandra Bullock that it's going to be a good movie,” Glenn joked. “For every The Blind Side, there is a Speed 2.”
Moving down the list, the Hollywood love affair continues with Denzel Washington coming in at number three and Meryl Streep at number four.
“I mean, who did they call,” Glenn asked. “Only Hollywood agents?”
“Look. I mean, the people who are winning are actors, and their job is to play someone they're not,” Stu observed. “Their job is to lie to you convincingly!”
“Obviously they are doing a good job of it,” Pat quipped.
From the media world, ABC News’ Robin Roberts faired the best, ranking twelfth on the list. Other journalists and personalities include, Ellen DeGeneres, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Anderson Cooper, George Stephanopoulos, Oprah Winfrey, and Scott Pelley.
“No way,” Pat said in reaction to Pelley making the cut.
Fox News Channel, the most watched cable news channel in the country, only managed to get just one person – Shepard Smith – on the list. And Shep is ranked 100th.
“The most popular news network gets one [person],” Stu said.
“And the most watched in America, Bill O'Reilly, not on it,” Pat added. “Come on now.”
Other notable names to make the list include First Lady Michelle Obama, who is ranked at number 19. Meanwhile, Communist sympathizer Noam Chomsky is number 20.
“America, if we didn't have other things to do, I'd love to take a real poll and just ask people cold: Who do you trust,” Glenn said. “I wonder… is there anyone out there that you trust? I can't put a list together. Come up with five names of people you trust. We should do that tomorrow on the show.”
“Tell us the five names of people that you really trust,” Glenn concluded. “I don't know if I could come up with five.”
See the full list of winners HERE.