Political cartoons got their start in newspapers, but they've survived the switch to digital. Cartoon Blog of msnbc.com features two different takes on a timely issue in a daily "toon-off." Most comics are drawn by cartoonists employed by other news organizations. Daryle Cagle, who runs the blog, publishes his own comics every month or so, seen here.
Riffing off other news organization's weird news pages (see Yahoo's), Body Odd revels in the odd results medical research sometimes turns up — stories like "Right Handed People Don't Care for Reggae" and "4 Reasons a song gets stuck in your head." Hard-hitting journalism this isn't, but the occasional fluff piece can be OK.
A look at msnbc.com's investigative and enterprise reporting probably deserves its own post, but I will quickly look at Open Channel, the blog which is all about investigation. The stories are typically short and are often summaries of other outlet's reporting, particularly that of NBC and MSNBC. Nonetheless, it all looks interesting
The interesting thing about these blogs, is they're all specialized, except the investigative blog. I suspect this is a winning strategy. There aren't many blogs that comment on consumer issues, look at odd medical findings or feature daily political cartoons. Fewer still are well-written and frequently updated. This gives msnbc.com a chance to stand out.