The Washington Post has gotten a lot of attention for its series on poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, not just because the story was important but also because it achieved immediate results. The military is already addressing the problems the journalists documented. What I didn’t know until today was that Salon had the same story two years ago.
This illustrates the relative power of the Washington Post compared to Salon, but it also makes me wonder whether this is a price Salon is paying for putting its stories behind a pay wall. Salon is still doing great work, but that work just doesn’t seem to be getting the attention it once did.