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The Best Journalism of the '00s

NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is seeking the top ten works of journalism from the last decade. To seed their quest, they’ve selected more than 80 journalistic enterprises. I’ve tried to retain a detached cynicism, but I actually really, really, really like the list they’ve put together so far. It includes several of my favorites – James Fallows’ Blind into Baghdad, This American Life’s Giant Pool of Money, David Barstow’s Pentagon propaganda investigation, Atul Gawande’s look at the high cost of health care in McAllen, TX, and even Ezra Klein’s blog!

Bonus points for including the Daily Show.


I am a wee bit surprised that Michael Pollan is no where on this list, since I think that he (along with Eric Schossler) had a Rachel Carson muckraking approach to food.

As for the pieces listed, my votes go to Seymour Hersh et al for Abu Ghraib (I think those photos are the wars in the Middle East equivalent of the burning Buddhist priest) and Nate Silver’s Election ’08 coverage.

And whether or not HRC gets passed, Atul Gawande’s piece deserves a huge thumbs up too.

Tim Carmody says…

I vote for Tom Friedman, Jeffrey Goldberg, Katie Couric, and Caitlin Flanagan! Whoooo!

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