So many reporters do their jobs and get little, if any, recognition. Most, it seems, get lots of complaints about minor errors and no kudos for getting most of their facts straight. Hats off, then, to the New Orleans' Times-Picayune and the Mississippi Gulf Coast's Sun-Herald for kicking proverbial ass during and after that Stalin-inspired storm Katrina ravaged our corner of the coast. Hats off as well to James Risen and Eric Lichtblau for breaking the story of domestic spying, to Dana Priest for his coverage of secret prisons, and to Marcus Stern and Jerry Kammer for uncovering the Dukestir's malfeasance. While it's unfortunate that there wasn't stiffer competition (ahem), these guys deserve free dinners and drinks for eternity. We're some kinda grateful.
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