We've been having fun since Wednesday with a response to Salon's popular "30 Biggest Media Hacks" list, sponsoring a readers' ballot to pick "30 Media Heroes." The response has been overwhelming, with votes pouring in via Comments at the end of the original story, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and at Twitter (via @GregMitch).
Voting ends late tonight—you can now do it in Comments below, as well—and final results will be tabulated over the weekend and announced Monday morning. Already it's clear that TV and web journos and pundits dominate, with little love shown for longtime print stars.
Here's the current Top 30, which naturally could still change quite a bit.
Leaders in approximate order (as of Friday morning):
1 thru 10: Rachel Maddow, Matt Taibbi, Glenn Greenwald, Jon Stewart, Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, Keith Olbermann, Stephen Colbert, Cenk Uygur, Jeremy Scahill.
11-21: Chris Hayes, Arianna Huffington, Dylan Ratigan, Jane Hamsher, Paul Krugman, Bill Maher, Chris Hedges, Greg Mitchell, Digby, Frank Rich
Others contending: Julian Assange, David Sirota, Thom Hartmann, Greg Palast, Naomi Klein, Seymour Hersh, Ed Schultz, Marcy Wheeler, Duncan Black, Markos Moulitsas, Laura Flanders, Sam Seder, Yves Smith, among others.
A new edition of Greg Mitchell's "The Campaign of the Century" (and the birth of media poltiics), winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize, has just been published.