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ThinkProgress
ThinkProgresslogo2011.jpg
Web address thinkprogress.org
Commercial? No
Type of site Political blog
Available in English
Content license Proprietary
Owner Center for American Progress Action Fund
Created by Judd Legum
Editor Judd Legum[1]
Launched 2004
Current status Active

ThinkProgress is a liberal American political blog that "provide[s] a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies".[2] It is an outlet of the Center for American Progress.

Sections[edit]

Since a 2011 re-design, the blog operates a number of sections, including Climate, Economy, Health, Justice, LGBT, Security, and Culture.

The Wonk Room was a blog under ThinkProgress which was published until 2011.[3]

Climate Progress was founded by climate and energy expert Joseph J. Romm. The blog discusses climate and energy technology solutions, political news related to climate change and responses to climate change by the media. In 2008, Time magazine named Climate Progress one of the "Top 15 Green Websites".[4] In 2009, Thomas L. Friedman, in his column in The New York Times, called Climate Progress "the indispensable blog",[5] and in 2010 Time included it in a list of the 25 "Best Blogs of 2010".[6] The UK's The Guardian ranked Climate Progress at the top of its list of blogs in its "Top 50 Twitter climate accounts to follow".[7] In 2012, Planetsave wrote that Romm is "considered the world’s best blogger on climate science, and politics related to it."[8]

Contributors[edit]

The blog is edited by Judd Legum, who founded it in 2005. It was edited by Faiz Shakir from January 2007 to May 2012 when it was announced that he would leave to join Nancy Pelosi's team as Director of New Media.[9] Other contributors include:[10]

  • Hayes Brown, National Security Editor
  • Tara Culp-Ressler, Health Editor
  • Nicole Flatow, Deputy Justice Editor
  • Zack Ford, LGBT Editor
  • Josh Israel, senior investigative reporter
  • Ian Millhiser, Justice Editor
  • Adam Peck, reporter/blogger
  • Aviva Shen, Associate Editor
  • Annie-Rose Strasser, Senior Editor
  • Jeff Spross, video editor/blogger
  • Igor Volsky, Managing Editor
  • Travis Waldron, reporter/blogger

Controversies[edit]

Islamophobia report[edit]

Think Progress issued “Fear, Inc.,” a report on Islamophobia which was widely praised in the progressive media.[11] The report was aimed at linking small groups of donors promoting their own style of Islamophobia and how they spread this through their network of media outlets. Some critics, such as the conservative Center for Security Policy, dismissed it as an effort “to shout down criticism of political Islamist efforts to influence American foreign and domestic policy.”[12]

Chamber of Commerce Article[edit]

An article posted on ThinkProgress on October 5, 2010, authored by Lee Fang, attracted attention and some controversy. The article alleged that the United States Chamber of Commerce funded political attack campaigns from its general fund, which solicits funds from foreign sources.[13] The story was repeated by the Huffington Post and the progressive activist group MoveOn.org asked the DoJ to launch a criminal investigation of the Chamber's funding.[14]

The non-partisan fact-checking website FactCheck.org analyzed the claim that "foreign corporations are 'stealing our democracy' with secret, illegal contributions funneled through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce," noting that ThinkProgress made the initial allegations.[15] FactCheck concluded that "It’s a claim with little basis in fact."[15] Others questioned the claims made in the article as well. Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times pointed out that the article "provided no evidence that the money generated overseas had been used in United States campaigns."[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Think Progress Editor Joins Nancy Pelosi's Office
  2. ^ Somanader, Tanya. "Think Progress blog". Thinkprogress.org. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  3. ^ McDuffee, Allen (May 27, 2011). "CAP’s new sites and a goodbye to Wonk Room". The Washington Post. 
  4. ^ Roston, Eric. "Green Websites: Climate Progress". Time.com, April 17, 2008 (originally published in Time magazine in 2007), accessed November 29, 2010
  5. ^ Friedman, Thomas L. "The Inflection Is Near?", The New York Times, March 7, 2009
  6. ^ "Best Blogs of 2010". Time magazine, June 28, 2010
  7. ^ "Top 50 Twitter climate accounts to follow". The Guardian: Environment Blog, May 11, 2010
  8. ^ Shahan, Zachary. "Joe Romm Slams NYTimes Climate Journalist Andrew Revkin (& Contextualizes Heartland-Gleick Volcano)", Planetsave, February 22, 2012
  9. ^ Stein, Sam (8 May 2012). "Nancy Pelosi Hires Think Progress' Faiz Shakir As Director Of New Media". The Huffington Post. 
  10. ^ About ThinkProgress
  11. ^ "Islamophobia". CAP. 
  12. ^ "Center for American Progress Defends Shariah, Charges America with Islamophobia". Center for Security Policy. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Fang, Lee. "Exclusive: Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads". ThinkProgress. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  14. ^ Stein, Sam (5 October 2010). "MoveOn Asks DoJ To Launch Criminal Investigation Of Chamber's Funding". Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Foreign Money? Really?". FactCheck.org. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (8 October 2010). "Topic of Foreign Money in U.S. Races Hits Hustings". New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 

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