Thin post after much better efforts by maggi, dnd, Sheila, EuroTom, Doots, and our (to some, surprisingly!) gracious editor, Brian. You collectively raised that bar pretty damn high. Phoning in today’s piece; here goes.
Online sites are ever more important in disseminating news stories and exploring issues in greater depth than the more standard MSM is able or willing to do — due to budget constraints and/or subtle discouragement by corporate owners. Some give readers a chance to weigh in – usually intelligently, calling on commenters’ varied backgrounds and experience, so that others profit by it. (Think of Josh Marshall’s readers sifting through Department of Justice document dumps and strategizing on arcane points of election law.)
Where do Backchannel readers go to get their news? What blogs or news sites do you read frequently, and trust for accurate content? Would love to hear of some new sites – and writers – from you. (Perhaps we could add some of these links to our political and newsblogs roundup at right.)
A salute to some personal favorites:
My desert island site (once Backchannel is safely in its baby life vest): Andrew Sullivan, for his willingness to reason through an issue in real time, and to own up to new directions and corrections in his thinking. His passions are not always mine – or yours, but you will find links to excellent stories and video daily. (You can access blogs by Marc Ambinder and James Fallows – briefly on hiatus – by clicking the “Voices” link above Andrew’s postings.)
Talking Points Memo. Josh Marshall is a modern patriot.
Journalist Al Giordano (blog: The Field) provided a lot of original and prescient analysis of the 2008 primary season. He just had a falling out with his bloghome at Rural Votes, but is now with Narco News and his readers contributed $7,400 in one week to send Al to the Democratic Convention. Apparently Rural Votes kept his press credentials, but look out Denver. Independent reporting will ensue. www.narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield
The Washington Note is frequently over my head (multiple posts on The Law of the Seas?), but rewards those interested in politics and international affairs. Its founder, Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation, is generous in sharing his contacts and experiences. Steve travels frequently and meets up with his readers for coffee all over this country and abroad. (“Note” fans in Chillicothe, Texas: mark your calendars.) His DC seminars assemble Chuck Hagel, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton (whose candidacy he supported) and other insightful legislators, scholars, and writers.
The Washington Monthly. Catblogging on Fridays. Plus great analysis by Kevin Drum, his guest columnists and readers. Will hunt down for you a readers’ thread on GW Bush’s speaking style (or lack thereof) that still amuses.
If way smarter, I would read Obsidian Wings constantly. And have no time for much else! www.obsidianwings.blogs.com
Tip of an appletini to Craig Crawford, but watch out for the stilettoing, anonymous or otherwise. www.blogs.cqpolitics.com/trailmix
Dick Polman’s Philadelphia Inquirer blog and the Chicago Tribune’s Swamp are good, although have not looked in for ages.
NEWSPAPERS (all domestic – international newspaper readers, suggestions, please):
New York Times online. (www.nytimes.com) Kudos for making archives since 1981 and editorial content freely available to all readers.
Enjoy the Los Angeles Times (www.latimes.com) for shark sightings at Pacific beaches, tale of a dead woman on ice at the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel (but was it a crime?), SoCal Hong Kong style cafes open 24/7, wildfires; good coverage of national and world news too. Great in-depth human interest stories with “Column One”. California has lost too many soldiers to our wars, current and past, and the LA Times has chronicled their lives and loss well.
The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com), once or twice daily. (You at the Washington Post: loosen up those archives!! Would be a community service, although might also remind us how far your paper has fallen on some fronts.)
Earlier this year, cancelled our subscription to the dead tree version, in place since the Nixon administration. Too much neocon-enabling on the editorial page, despite the fresh reporting of Dana Priest and Anne Hull (Walter Reed series) and many others. Katharine Graham’s great truth-uncovering daily is a shell of its former self, with a few bright stars. Too much WaPo online content is yucky, banal or partisan.
But hey, they’ve got Eugene Robinson. And, uh, Charles Krauthammar and Michael Gerson. Did I mention neocon-enabling?
The Christian Science Monitor is very good. Usually find something quirky. (Suburban Aussies discovering their new neighborhoods include bull sharks in the canals. How did the realtor fail to mention THAT?)
OK now — what do YOU read? (Or what will you ADMIT to reading?, if you prefer.)