April 27, 2007
From the power of bloggers to the trouble with emails the online world has carved itself a place in the Beltway. This week popular political blogger Josh Marshall from talkingpointsmemo.com gives the Journal his perspective on the role of politics in the recent firings of federal prosecutors.
"We have our own niche in the journalism ecosystem," explains Marshall, who began publishing Talking Points Memo in 2000 during the Florida election recount. Marshall has since has started two additional blogs, TPMCafe, "a public meeting place to meet and discuss politics," and TPMmuckraker.com, which is "dedicated to chronicling, explaining and reporting on public corruption, political scandal and abuses of the public trust of all sorts." Talking Points Memo itself now receives close to one million visitors a month.
"I think, in many cases, the kind of reporting we do is more honest, is more straight than a lot of things you see even on the front pages of great papers like the TIMES and the POST. But I think both kinds of journalism should exist, should coexist. They reinforce each other. They help people come to a complete appreciation of the world they're living in," explains Marshall in an interview for FRONTLINE's NEWSWAR.
Marshall's articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers: THE AMERICAN PROSPECT, THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, THE BOSTON GLOBE, THE FINANCIAL TIMES, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE NEW REPUBLIC, THE NEW YORKER, THE NEW YORK POST, THE NEW YORK TIMES, SALON and SLATE.
Read more from Marshall and explore some of Talking Point Memo's own investigations below.