The problem with blogs is that they can breed a sort of laziness. It's easy to simply respond, react and rebut. That's not what you get with Rortybomb's Mike Konczal, however. His posts make you think everything else from other bloggers to newspaper columnists to magazine articles are lazy. Konczal is constantly applying new data sets and information to arguments in desperate need of empiricism. His comfort with the mathematical models and statistical wizardry that make most journalists blanch is married to an easy writing style and a pop-culture sensibility. He's one of my daily reads, and he should be one of yours too.
Klein is a staff writer for the Washington Post and author of the blog Ezra Klein.