The award for 2008 BOY went to Nate Silver, publisher of Fivethirtyeight.com. Silver's claim to fame is that he correctly called the 2008 Presidential Election at 8:46 p.m. ET--an hour and 14 minutes prior to the mainstream media.
Other finalists included:
- Consumerist.com, a site devoted to consumer comments. The site eventually was purchased by Consumer Reports, testament to the success of the blog.
- Politico.com, the blog which first reported Sarah Palin's $150K wardrobe, Barack Obama's visit to Bill Ayers, and John McCain's inability to quantify the number of homes he owned.
- Calculatedriskblog.com, a site which warned the American public about the impending economic disaster.
- Reason.com, authored by Dave Weigel, who followed Ron Paul's unsuccessful presidential big.
No word on whether this site is being monitored by The Week for possible award consideration next year...