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Bloggers win Polk Award – congrats to TPM

TalkingPointsMemo won the George Polk Award for legal reporting for their coverage of the US Attorneys scandal.  In the words of Will Bunch at Attytood:

The George Polk Awards are kind of like the Golden Globes of American journalism . Not as well known as those Oscars of the news business, the Pulitzer Prize, the Polk Awards are nevertheless probably a close second in terms of prestige, and this year I am especially blown away by the quality of the work they honor.

The idea that an award like this would go to a blogger shows the way that the landscape is changing.  Granted, Josh Marshall and TPM are the best of their kind, but they are not alone among blogs in doing real investigative reporting.  Bunch continues

It would have seemed incredible a couple of years ago, but a George Polk Award was given this morning to a blogger.

Not just any blogger, of course. Josh Marshall … of Talking Points Memo may have started back in 2000 as a kind of blogging stereotype, posting late at night from his small D.C. apartment and from the corner Starbucks and — in just two years — shining a light on the remarks that cost Sen. Trent Lott his GOP Senate leadership post, but he’s turned his operation into much, much more.

H/T MissLaura at dKos.

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