4. Tucker Carlson
For much of 2009, Carlson was hiring for, tweaking and designing The Daily Caller — an online conservative magazine to fill the need for impactful, investigative, conservative journalism. It’s scheduled to go live January 11, and by Carlson’s own admission, it will either change the national conversation or burn down in a blaze of glory. Conservatives had plenty of success in 2009 with ad hoc and amateur journalism, and actual conservative newspapers like the Washington Examiner and The Washington Times scored occasional hits on liberals. But no conservative has produced an answer to the Huffington Post, a popular site that can drive the news with original reporting.