Joshua Micah Marshall: One of Web journalism's stars, Marshall is the best reader of the bunch. Armed with an X-acto knife, he cuts promising shoots out of banal daily newspaper stories, transplants them into a hydroponic bed at Talking Points Memo headquarters in New York City, and cultivates them into scoops. (See his work on Trent Lott and the U.S. attorney firing story.) Don't hold his Ph.D. against him. Big question: Marshall can do greater damage to the New York Times from outside its walls than from inside, so what's his motivation?
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