Salon.com Boss Logs Off
The departure of Salon.com's top editor and chief executive David Talbot is noted in today's New York Times. But while The Times traces the financial ups-and-downs of the little liberal website that could, it accentuates the positive when it comes to Salon's journalistic record:
- Salon was the first publication to point out why it was that Representative Henry Hyde, an Illinois Republican, should not have been throwing stones during the Monica Lewinsky affair. It also played a significant role in revealing some of the allegedly anti-competitive practices of Clear Channel, and broke the news that the White House was pressuring broadcasters to insert anti-drug messages into programming. More recently, Salon raised significant and lasting questions about President Bush's National Guard service.
Indeed, a lot of the stuff on Salon is very good; for example, Eric Boehlert is an insightful media critic, not like that moron at the Village Voice. But the history of the site is incomplete without mention of some of the less spectacular episodes at the site. It's possible The Times just ran out of room. But given Salon's pioneer status, it's important to remember the furor over stories like:
For a critical view of Talbot, check out the third entry on this blog by the journalist Murray Waas, who chronicles Talbot's "controversialism."
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