To help celebrate TPM’s 10th Anniversary friends and long time readers of the site are sharing their kind words and memories. We’ll be adding more to the list as the day goes on. We’ll be bringing you TPM Reader anecdotes shortly …
“For a decade now TPM has been a cutting edge conduit for political intelligence, investigative journalism and in depth explanation of the policies that touch the lives of Americans. A daily ‘must-follow’ for the corporate media and a cross section of readers, the groundbreaking site cleared the path for the explosion of Internet journalists who chronicle everyday life in the centers of power.” — Ken Bazinet, New York Daily News
“I can’t believe TPM is 10. It’s probably going to hit puberty really soon. Then it will drop its wonderfully inquisitive attitude and become bitchy and hormonal. Let us cherish it while it is still adorable and innocent.” — Sara Benincasa, Comedian, famed Sarah Palin impersonator.
“Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary at TPM. As a regular reader (and sometimes contributor) I must say that you and your team are constantly refining — when not perfecting — the journalistic art and craft of reporting the essence of what we need to know to be better citizens. Well done, Josh.” — John Dean, Author & fmr. White House Counsel
“It’s now clear, looking back, that the Aughts were a decade in which the old political/journalistic order was blown apart by strong new trends in technology, global economics and communications. Amid the rubble there are reasons to be optimistic about the survival of the American way of civic life and Josh Marshall’s TPM is one of them. He is smart without being snarky, reasoned without being boring, and urgently, appropriately judgmental without being a bigot. He is, in other words, what good journalism and public debate should be — and people of all ideological stripes should cheer him on on this, TPM’s 10th anniversary. Here’s hoping that the Teens Decade makes more sense.” — Howard Fineman, Huffingtonpost.com
“TPM, the inspired many-times-daily show of the cognoscenti, has made ten inglorious years (almost) bearable and certainly a whole lot more instructive and funnier.” — Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University
“Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a cozy neighborhood bar you could repair to several times a day, secure in the knowledge that you’d find some lively, convivial friends who always have something interesting and/or surprising to say? Except with no danger of a hangover and no need to be physically in the neighborhood? That’s what Talking Points Memo has been for me these ten years. TPM gives new meaning to the term ‘home page.’” — Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker
“I’ve been following, commenting, and posting in TPM since day one, and it’s been wonderful to see Josh and his team grow in reach and depth of coverage yet at the same time maintaining a distinctive, rational, witty voice that is unique in the world of news. I think the next decade will show exponential growth of TPM.” — Reed Hundt, fmr. Chairman of the FCC
“Oh tpm … I fell in love with you for dominating the us attorneys scandal and have stayed around all these years for the fearless reporting and dogged investigating. I am so grateful for all that you’ve done and can’t wait to see what’s coming next. Happy birthday and thank you.” — Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com.
“Few sites have done more to build credibility for online-only news outlets than TPM. Happy Birthday! I have no doubt you’ll have a Pulitzer under your belt by the end of your next decade. I bet it won’t take even half that long.” — Markos Moulitsas, Founder/Publisher, Dailykos.com
“10 years? Wow. Thanks for a decade of legwork and insight. You kept the rest of us honest — and made me a lot smarter.” — George Stephanopoulos, ABC News
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.