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The Best Journalism and Blogging of 2009!

February 27, 2010 by MC | Filed under Stuff.

I’d like to steal from Conor Friedersdorf and present my own “Best Journalism of 2009” awards. I’ll even use some of the same categories Conor does throughout his list.

My list isn’t as worldly and scholarly as Conor’s, and mine incorporates a great deal of short-to-medium length blog posts along with the “traditional” news pieces. My list also blatantly telegraphs my personality, my politics and my regular reading habits.

Here it is.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

  • “The Dark Knight: Year One,” by Matt PetersonBig Hollywood

BEST ENGLISH-AS-A-SECOND-LANGUAGE NEWS PIECE

  • “53-Year-Old Siberian Woman Beats 200 kg Bear Barehanded,”by uncreditedMosnews.com

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

  • “Defending Jim Cramer,” by Michael C. MoynihanReason
  • “Will We Be Stimulated: Economists sound off on Obama’s stimulus package,” by Nick GillespieReason

DEATH

  • “Farewell to the Godfather: Irving Kristol, 1920 – 2009,” by Christopher Hitchens, Slate
  • “How Is America Going To End? The world’s leading futurologists have four theories,” by Josh LevinSlate

ENVIRONMENT

  • “Stop Trying to Save the Planet,” Erle EllisWired

FOOD

  • “Sorry Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live Too,” by Natalie Angier, New York Times

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • “How Hugo Chavez’s Revolution Crumbled,” by Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

HEALTH & MEDICINE

  • “An Open Letter to Bill Maher on Vaccinations,” by Michael Shermer, Huffington Post
  • “ ‘Oh, come on, Superman!': Bill Maher versus ‘Western medicine’,” by David GorskiScience-Based Medicine
  • “Oprah Drinks the Antivax Kool-Aid,” by Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy
  • “Positively Misguided: the Myths and Mistakes of the Positive Thinking Movement,” by Steve Salerno, Skeptic
  • “The Arrogance of Health-Care Reform: Why do politicians with no business experience think they can run 15 percent of the economy?” by John StosselReason
  • “The Huffington Post’s War on Medical Science: A Brief History,” by David GorskiScience-Based Medicine

LAW & ORDER

  • “A Man’s Home Is His Constitutional Castle: Henry Louis Gates Jr. should have taken his stand on the Bill of Rights, not on his epidermis or that of the arresting officer,” by Christopher HitchensSlate

LOCAL

  • “Golden Girls: A bygone era of beauty and community lives on at Dee’s Golden Door,” by Nancy RommelmannPortland Monthly
  • “Oregon Woman Obsessed With Rabbits Arrested Again,” by Joseph B. FrazierAssociated Press

MEDIA CRITICISM

  • “‘Cash for Clunkers’ is a Glorious Success! (Pause for Laughs), or Why the Daily  Show Just Isn’t Funny Anymore,” by Radley Balkothe Agitator
  • “CNN’s Susan Roesgen: Taking Hackery to New Heights,” by Mark Hemingway, National Review
  • “Obama’s Court Jesters: As Wanda Sykes showed, comedians aren’t funny when they try to flatter the president,” by Christopher HitchensSlate
  • “Will Marcus Brauchli Please Grow a Spine? The Washington Post executive editor grovels before the paper’s critics in the Mad Bitch controversy,” by Jack ShaferSlate

POLITICS

  • “A History of Violence: The long, sordid tale of anti-black brutality on the American left,” by Damon W. RootReason
  • “The Artist Formerly Known as Dissident: Artists have a duty to dissent— even against Obama,” by Patrick CourrielcheReason
  • “Glenn Beck and Left-Right Confusion,” by Glenn Greenwald, Salon
  • “How I Became a Libertarian,” by Michael Shermer, SkeptiBlog
  • “Nazis, Commies, and Death Panels: The Year in Hyperbole!” by Michael C. Moynihan, Reason
  • “Obama Loses His Cool: With his glib dismissal of pot legalization, the president looks less like the man, and more like The Man,” by Matt WelchReason
  • “She’s Back! Ayn Rand is bigger than ever. But are her new fans radical enough for capitalism?” by Brian Doherty, Reason
  • “The Other ‘L’ Word: Why I Am a Libertarian,” by Michael Shermer, SkeptibBlog
  • “The Paranoid Center: How the panic over right-wing violence is being used to marginalize peaceful dissent,” by Jesse Walker, Reason
  • “Word to the Blogosphere: On Not Preaching to the Choir,” by Ron Rosenbaum, RonRosenbaum.com

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  • “Kinkiness Beyond Kinky,” Carl Zimmer, Discover
  • “Microbes Within Microbes Within Microbes,” by Carl Zimmer, Science

SPORTS & LEISURE

  • “Bored With Football Stats? Introducing Fantasy Geopolitics,” by Samuel Arbesman, Boston Globe

TRAVEL

  • “Peru: Hell and Back — Deep in the Amazon jungle, writer Kira Salak tests ayahuasca, a shamanistic medicinal ritual, and finds a terrifying—but enlightening—world within,” by Kira Salak, National Geographic Traveler

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