The Fourth Branch

Public vs. Peer Popularity

Ezra Klein, founder and editor-at-large of Vox, is responsible for four of the five most popular tweets from D.C. journalists and pundits in the past week. But when we look at who D.C. journalists and pundits are retweeting, Klein is nowhere to be found.

Four out of the five most retweeted tweets from D.C. journalists and pundits in the past week came from Ezra Klein, founder and editor-at-large of Vox. Klein saw a big spike in retweets in the past week. His tweets average about 815 retweets, but that number jumped to 1,595 this week.

Sam Stein, politics editor at The Daily Beast and an MSNBC contributor, was the only other journalist to make the list. All five of the most popular tweets from D.C. journalists and pundits were about the Ford and Kavanaugh Senate hearings.

Interestingly, when we look at the most frequently retweeted accounts by D.C. journalists and pundits, Klein is nowhere to be found. His peers retweeted him just seven times. In comparison, Burgess Everett – a Politico congressional reporter – had 73 retweets from D.C. journalists and pundits.

The Takeaway? Klein’s tweets are resonating with the general public, but not so much with the D.C. media.