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February 12, 2012
Josh Marshall
Publisher and Editor, TalkingPointsMemo.com
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Info: This week on Q&A, we meet Josh Marshall, the publisher and editor of the internet news web site TalkingPointsMemo.com. Marshall founded the site twelve years ago, after the controversy surrounding the 2000 Presidential election. He takes a look back at his work in building an online journalistic enterprise from one person to the current 28 full time employees he has today. He tells the story of how he cultivated the siteís advertising base and what made him choose the name TalkingPointsMemo.com. According to Marshall, the website now has close to three million unique visitors per month. He discusses some of the specific stories which helped make his website successful including the resignation of Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) as Senate Minority Leader in 2002 after remarks he made at Strom Thurmondís 100th birthday party. Another story which increased readership was the siteís coverage of then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his dismissal of seven United States attorneys in 2006. Marshall details the expansion of his company, TPM Media, to include additional web offerings such as TPM TV, a video based version of the news site and TPM2012 for election coverage.

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