Scott Horton praises the Anchorage Daily News:

[ADN] shows what a local paper with limited resources and reach can do, not only for its immediate readership, but for the country as a whole. In the 2008 presidential campaign, no local paper made a stronger contribution to our understanding of the presidential campaign. In fact I am tempted to put the Anchorage Daily News in head-on competition with industry leaders such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. The ADN took advantage of its position as the principal newspaper of Alaska and offered Americans a deep glance into the problems and scandals that affect the state’s politics. It was prepared to expose the sores that a less rigorously professional paper would happily have covered up in the interests of parochialism. And it was unflinching but also rigorously fair in its coverage of and editorializing on Alaska’s native daughter, Sarah Palin.

I agree completely. They've been indispensable. And seem to have much bigger cojones than the national media. And a much more factually-based take on the farce of the Palin nomination.