What’s Your Favorite Website? Here’s Mine.
To be upfront, this post contains a sales pitch (with the lowest price available anywhere)—not for me, but for a website I truly believe in.
On many mornings since 2003, I’ve started my day by visiting Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire. It’s a nonpartisan site that pulls together brief excerpts from all over the political world—everything from critical analyses and poll numbers to obscure state races and sublimely ridiculous absurdities.
I love Political Wire because it allows me to get up to date in just a few minutes—and directs me to other articles I otherwise would have missed.
Five years ago, I reached out to Taegan, who became an early supporter of my blog. We’ve remained in touch and have gotten to know one another since then.
A few months ago, we met for coffee and discussed the state of the Republican race. Taegan said he thought Donald Trump not only had a real chance of winning the nomination, but that he wouldn’t be surprised if the race ended with a brokered convention. That may sound like an obvious prediction now—but at the time he said it, few other pundits and political professionals agreed. Like me, most political pundits assumed Trump would flame out just as Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain had four years earlier. He saw the future more accurately than most—and that judgment is typical of his ability to see the state of politics for what it is.
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Political Wire has always been free, but Taegan recently launched a membership site, on which he regularly posts his view of the race (and other political matters). It’s great.
I’m not alone in recognizing his work. If you look at the bottom of his site, you’ll see an impressive roster of his readers and fans, which include Meet The Press host Chuck Todd, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.
The annual membership is $50/year. Taegan agreed to discount that to $45/year for Mr. Media Training readers. Just visit this page, click on “Annual,” and enter the coupon code “MrMediaTraining.”
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What’s your favorite website? Let’s get a good list going in the comments section below!
The site that is a “must visit” for me is part of the Adweek Blog Network. I begin with “TVNewswer” which highlights the biggest news in network and cable television. In the upper right corner you can move down the line to a host of other sites like TVSpy. That site also covers broadcasting but only on a local level. There is PRNewser for Public Relations news and many others. Try to avoid the comments section. It gets quite political and very childish.
This is where I begin: http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/
Thanks for adding Adweek to the list! I used to make a daily habit out of reading TVNewser and, for no good reason, got out of that habit. Thank you for reminding me it’s out there and still doing good work.
As we head into the home stretch, the trends revealed by their compilation of polling data will probably give the best clue as to what will actually happen on the key election nights to come. Has helped me win a political pool or three over the years…
Thanks for leaving RealClearPolitics as your vote. It’s a really useful site. The polling section is always interesting, and their selection of stories (often with conflicting viewpoints) is well curated.
Thanks for commenting!
For politics and breaking news, Drudge Report and Huffington Post. They balance each other.
I like TalkersMagazine.com to keep up with what’s going on in the world of talk radio, and I find interesting tidbits for my publicity tips newsletter.
I love the National Enquirer because I study its headlines (and I love celebrity gossip).
For journalism trends and topics, you can’t beat Poynter.org. Their blogs are excellent.