‘Least Influential’ List Draws GQ’s Enemies Out of the Woodwork

GQ‘s “25 Least Influential People Alive” list, written by Deadspin’s Drew Magary, is at the top of our “Most Controversial Lists of the Day” list.

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Tim Pawlenty was number one the list, deemed an “aggressively forgettable” “six-foot-tall paperweight” whose campaign money “might as well have been burned in front of a group of orphans.”

That’s a far cry from how an unnamed GQ political correspondent said he felt about Mr. Pawlenty in an e-mail to one of his aides passed along to Politico.

“I am most intrigued by Tim Pawlenty and would relish the opportunity to bring him to life in the pages of GQ,” the reporter wrote.

We wouldn’t like to have our publicist flattery files aired either, but we’ll sleep better knowing there’s karmic retribution for using the phrase, “bring him to life in the pages.”

And the controversy did not stop there! Juli Weiner, a blogger from Conde Nast rival Vanity Fair pointed out that the feature looks rather similar to her own least influential people of 2010 list, and even overlaps with it on Tina Brown, aka Meghan McCain’s editor.

Today she published a counter list, and guess which men’s magazine is on top? ‘Least Influential’ List Draws GQ’s Enemies Out of the Woodwork