Talking Points Memo
Main page of Talking Points Memo as at August 2010
|Type of site||Political blog, news, discussion forum|
|Registration||for discussion forum|
|Created by||Josh Marshall|
|Launched||November 12, 2000|
|Alexa rank||4,088 (December 2013[update])|
Talking Points Memo (or TPM) is a web-based political journalism organization created and run by Josh Marshall, a journalist, liberal blogger and historian. It debuted on November 12, 2000. The name is a reference to the memo (short list) with the issues (points) discussed by one's side in a debate or used to support a position taken on an issue. By 2007, TPM received an average 400,000 page views every weekday.
During George W. Bush's first term, the blog frequently discussed foreign policy and was especially critical of administration policy towards Iraq and North Korea. After the 2004 election, posts began to focus on the Bush administration's proposal to privatize Social Security. In addition to criticizing the substance of the proposals, Marshall argued that a unified front in the Democratic Party would deny Republicans political cover and force a loss for them on the Social Security issue. Talking Points Memo closely tracked the positions of members of Congress on the issue throughout 2005. It asked readers to monitor local media for comments from their own members of congress, and public categories were created for politicians on this issue: wavering Democrats were the "Faint-hearted Faction" and Republicans who doubted the President's plan were the "Conscience Caucus." Marshall also coined the term "Bamboozlepalooza", in reference to President Bush's 60-day (it was extended) tour promoting social security privatization. Other terms that Marshall has coined while criticizing the Bush administration include "Up-is-downism" and "Mumbojumbocrats."
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 lawyer David Kurtz, who now openly posts under his name.
On July 10, 2007, the site had a major overhaul, adding much content from its related sites to the main page. It is part of the effort to have more original reporting on the website.
- A "spin-off" blog also created by Josh Marshall was a companion website called TPMCafe, which debuted on May 31, 2005 and was discontinued in June 2012. This site featured a collection of blogs about a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues written by academics, journalists and former public officials among others.
- Marshall expanded his operation to a new blog, called TPMmuckraker, where journalists working for the TPM collective, such as Paul Kiel and Justin Rood, investigate political corruption.
- TPMDC - In January 2007, the Horse's Mouth, a blog authored by Greg Sargent with a remit to cover how Washington politics was covered by the major news outlets, moved home from The American Prospect to the TPM Media family. Sargent had begun writing for TPMCafe in July 2006. In 2008, Sargent stopped posting to the Horse's Mouth blog and began posting to a new blog called TPM Election Central, which focused on covering the 2008 elections. In 2009, TPM Election Central was renamed TPMDC, to cover politics from Washington, D.C., and Marshall hired journalists based in Washington to report for the blog.
- TPMLiveWire - A spin-off established in September 2009.
- TPMIdea Lab - A blog established in January 2011 to cover Science and technology.
- TPMPollTracker - An aggregator of various polls about incumbents taken by polling agencies.
- TPMPrime - A paid members-only section offering long form articles, and interactive discussions with journalists and political figures.
The four blogs (Talking Points Memo, TPMCafe, TPMMuckraker and TPMDC) are published by TPM Media LLC.
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- See "talking point"
- Glenn, David (September/October 2007). "The (Josh) Marshall Plan". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved September 8, 2007.
- "A Web-only news operation gets its due", The New York Times, 24 February 2008
- The American Prospect[dead link]
- "TPMPrime". TPMPrime. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
- "TPMmuckraker". TPMmuckraker. Retrieved 2010-08-13.