The war over the media

As the White House goes on the attack against Newsweek, PBS and NPR -- stories you read on Salon -- there's never been more reason to support independent reporting.

Published May 20, 2005 11:07PM (EDT)

Last week was a rough one for the media. Newsweek apologized and retracted its problematically sourced story on Quran desecration, but the right wing and the White House still wanted more. Bill Moyers spoke out about who is controlling the public's airwaves while the Corporation for Public Broadcasting went even further to correct perceived bias at NPR and PBS -- with a GOP partisan in charge. Salon was there covering it all, making sure that the story got out and views from all sides were aired.

Meanwhile, the New York Times announced that it will start charging for access to some content on its Web site later this year, four years after Salon unveiled its own subscription program. The Times' move reminded us, and we hope it reminded you, why Salon is worth paying for.

On top of our terrific media reporting, this week saw the culmination of great investigative work by reporter Mark Benjamin, who discovered and reported in January that some soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital were forced to pay for their meals. After Benjamin's article, Sen. Barack Obama took notice and made sure that soldiers no longer have to pay for their meals when in the hospital.

Salon has also been all over the biggest political news story since the election, the battle over the so-called nuclear option. Our most popular piece by far was Tim Grieve's amazing primer on the nuclear option, in which he broke down the entire issue clearly and succinctly. Then we sent him to Washington to cover events as they unfold, heading toward potential political armageddon on Tuesday (check out this great exchange with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's press secretary). To read all our coverage of the nuclear option, just go to this page.

That's just a sampling of our recent coverage that made a difference and demonstrates how important it is to have a voice like Salon's. The New York Times' decision to charge for some of its Web offerings was a timely reminder that strong media organizations need revenue from readers to support groundbreaking journalism. If you love reading Salon, value our independence and the writing that we do, then join Salon Premium today.

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Joan Walsh

By Joan Walsh

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