Salon.com is a news website originally formed in 1995that is updated daily. The site has a decidedly liberal bent, with commentators such as Garrison Keillor, Sidney Blumenthal, and Joe Conason contributing regularly. Salon offers political and social commentaryas well as movie reviews, book reviews,andentertainment news. Salon also features a number of regularly updated blogs dealing with specific issues. The Broadsheet weblog, for example, deals with women's rights/feminist issues while How the World Works provides news and commentary about issues related to globalization. King Kaufman maintains a sports blog on the site while Video Dog is updated with videos, usually ones related to news or politics. Additionally, Salon features interviews with various politicians and celebrities--some notable Salon interviews include those with Ralph Nader, Joseph Wilson, Camille Paglia, and Richard Dawkins.
Reading Salon articlesrequires either watching an advertisement to receive a "day pass" or subscribing to Salon Premium. Premium subscriptions are sold at multiple pricerates: $6 monthly without ads, $22.50 a year with ads, $35 a year without ads, or $60 for two years. Premium accounts have access to exclusive content that is otherwise unavailable to site visitors.
Articles are posted on the site in a blog-style format in which readers are allowed to post their comments in the "Letters" section of each article. Editors of the site pick out letters that they feel are particularly insightful or well-written and allow readers to filter and sort the letters so that these letters appear first. Previously, the only user comments that were available for reading on the site were those specially selected by the editors. The new letters section allows all readers to write comments for consumption on the website.
David Talbot is the editor-in-chief and chief executive of Salon Media Group, the company that owns Salon.com.