The Raw Story

The Raw Story

"The Raw Story" is a news and politics weblog founded in 2004. Updated continuously, it is known primarily for its investigative reporting, though critics accuse it of leaning toward a liberal ideology. In addition to breaking news, Raw Story has pointed out fraudulent and manipulated news stories carried by other web sites, such as the Drudge Report.cite web
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title =Drudge 'retracts' story on Howard Dean after receiving letter from DNC lawyer
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] The Raw Story currently covers daily local, world and economic news and publishes its own editorials and investigative pieces. Raw was the first US media outlet to publish the Downing Street memo, an account of secret meetings between US and UK officials in the lead-up to the Iraq war, and the first to reveal the Iran-related work of outed CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson.Fact|date=November 2007

According to their own masthead, Raw Story has been reported and featured in "The New York Times", "The Guardian", "LA Weekly", the "New York Post", the "Toronto Star", "The Hill", "Rolling Stone", "The Advocate", "Roll Call", and "Hustler".cite web
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accessdate = 2007-05-27

Boasting an average 3.6 million readers, the site is described by "Newsweek" as, "Muck, raked: If you're looking for alleged GOP malfeasance, the folks at are frequently scooping the mainstream media."cite news
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date =2005-03-21
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On August 4, 2008 the Online News Association announced that was a finalist in the 2008 Online Journalism awards in the "Investigative, Small Site" category [cite web| last = Online News Association| authorlink = Online News Association| title = 2008 Online Journalism Awards - Finalists| date = August 4, 2008| url =| accessdate = 2007-08-06] for the story [ "The permanent Republican majority"] , about improper partisan influence in the prosecution of former Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama.

Content and layout

Since its inception, Raw Story has tested at least two distinct layouts, finalizing on its current format that ensures its readers get access to the information they need, while also enabling the site to cover all aspects current events on its front page.

Breaking news stories appear atop the middle of the page, typed in red or black boldface. The top four stories appear below the breaking headlines; all others are catalogued into groups depending on their subject:

Nation - covers news related to the United States.

World - covers news related to global events.

Biz|Tech - economic and business news, as well as the latest on cutting-edge technology and science.

Blogs/Media - covering the web's expanding blogosphere both left and right.

Features - Raw's own editorial columns and stories of interest.

Mojo - off-site links to political stories.

Readers are allowed to comment on each story reported. Registration is not required for posting.

Current masthead

*Toby Slingerland - Publisher
*John Byrne - Editor
*Larisa Alexandrovna - Managing Editor, Investigative News
*Ron Brynaert - Executive Editor
*Michael Roston - Associate Editor
*Mike Sheehan - Assistant Editor
*David Edwards - Video Editor
*Muriel Kane - Research Director
*Adam Doster - Site Updater
*Nick Langewis - Site Updater
*Greg Wasserstrom - Site Updater
*Stephen C. Webster - Site Updater
*Daniel O'Connor - Business Development
*Chris Tackett - Advertising Sales
*Diane Sweet - Human Resources
*Chad Smith - Webmaster


*Adam Alexander - Africa
*Christian Avard - Vermont
*Miriam Raftery - San Diego
*Kate Raiford - Chicago
*Hannah Selinger
*Jennifer Van Bergen - Florida

:Contributing writers have included well known and respected journalists and political/historical scholars as well as elected officials, including Nafeez Ahmed, Michael Smith, and John Conyers.

Wire Services

*Agence France-Presse
*Associated Press


External links

* [ Raw Story Official Webpage]
* [ Raw Story Editorials & Features]
* [ Larisa Alexandrovna's Editorials on the Huffington Post]
* [ Fox News cites Raw Story for their information and in depth reporting on the Plame Affair but fails to link to them]
* [ Raw Story on Wonkette]
* [ The Raw Story on Myspace]

* [ CNN RELIABLE SOURCES] CNN Transcript June 12, 2005

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