Talking Points Memo

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Talking Points Memo
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Main page of Talking Points Memo
as of August 2010
Type of site
Political blog, news, discussion forum
Available in English
Owner Josh Marshall
Created byJosh Marshall
EditorJosh Marshall
URL www.talkingpointsmemo.com
CommercialSubscription and advertising supported
RegistrationFor discussion forum
LaunchedNovember 12, 2000;21 years ago (2000-11-12)
Current statusActive

Talking Points Memo (TPM) is a liberal political news and opinion website created and run by Josh Marshall that debuted on November 12, 2000. The name is a reference to the memo (short list) consisting of the issues (points) discussed by one's side in a debate or used to support a position taken on an issue. [1] By 2007, TPM received an average of 400,000 page views every weekday. [2]

Contents

Growth

Talking Points Memo was founded as a political blog in 2000 Josh Marshall, who until 2004 was the site's sole employee. [3] In 2005, TPM Media LLC was incorporated, [3] and the company began to grow with more employees and spinoff websites. [4] By 2009 it had 11 employees, and, having previously been funded by ads and reader donations, [5] received angel investments from a group led by Marc Andreessen. [6] [7] In 2009, TPM opened a Washington, D.C. office and joined the White House press pool along with several other progressive news outlets to cover the Obama administration. [4] [8] The site introduced a subscription service, TPM Prime, in 2012, [9] which by 2017 had over 21,000 subscribers. [10]

Reception

Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols describe the site as taking a "more raucous and sensational" tone than traditional news media. This includes coining phrases such as "Bamboozlepalooza" to describe George W. Bush's efforts to privatize Social Security, which the blog opposed. McChesney and Nichols compare this to the muckraking of Upton Sinclair. The more social aspects of the site, which invite crowdsourcing, were compared to La Follette's Weekly . [11] Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, in 2009 said "TPM is really an advocacy operation that has moved toward journalism." [4]

Guest bloggers have included Matthew Yglesias, Robert Reich, Dean Baker, Michael Crowley, and, briefly, vice-presidential candidate John Edwards. Beginning in the summer of 2006, many weekend postings were provided by anonymous blogger DK. On November 11, 2006, DK was revealed to be attorney David Kurtz, who now posts openly under his name.[ citation needed ]

In 2007, TPM won a George Polk Award for Legal Reporting for its coverage of the 2006 U.S. Attorneys scandal, becoming the first online-only outlet to receive the award. [12]

The four blogs (Talking Points Memo, TPMCafe, TPMMuckraker, and TPMDC) are published by TPM Media LLC. [15]

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References

  1. See "talking point"
  2. Glenn, David (September–October 2007). "The (Josh) Marshall Plan". Columbia Journalism Review . Retrieved September 8, 2007.
  3. 1 2 Seward, Zachary M. (December 2, 2008). "TPM sees room for growth through geotargeted advertising". Nieman Lab .
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  5. Alterman, Eric (March 24, 2008). "Out of Print". The New Yorker .
  6. Cohen, Noam (July 13, 2009). "Now Hiring at Talking Points Memo". The New York Times .
  7. Anderson, Kevin (7 July 2009). "Andreessen leads funding for US political blog network". The Guardian .
  8. Calderone, Michael (October 30, 2009). "TPM joins the pool and makes a splash". Politico .
  9. Bilton, Richard (July 19, 2016). "With 11,000 subscribers, Talking Points Memo says its paid product has helped stabilize its business". Nieman Lab .
  10. Owen, Laura Hazard (June 29, 2017). "Talking Points Memo doubled its subscribers in a year — now it's trying to find new extras for them". Nieman Lab .
  11. McChesney, Robert W.; Nichols, John (2010). The Death and Life of American Journalism. PublicAffairs. p. 91. ISBN   978-1-56858-700-4.
  12. Cohen, Noam (February 24, 2008). "A Web-only news operation gets its due". International Herald Tribune . Archived from the original on March 18, 2008.
  13. The American Prospect [ dead link ]
  14. "TPMPrime". TPMPrime. Retrieved 2012-10-08.[ permanent dead link ]
  15. "TPMmuckraker". TPMmuckraker. Archived from the original on 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2010-08-13.