gapminder tools are amazing. Hopefully the world is on the brink of a revolution in the visual display of statistical information. These tools remind me of stuff I've read by Edward Tufte.
I am going to spend some time here. There was a recent related post: http://hubski.com/item?id=177 Hans Rosling's Joy of Stats documentary. I think the New York Times has been one of the more aggressive news organizations when it comes to utilizing interactive statistical displays. ProPublica.org as well. I recommend looking at: http://www.propublica.org/tools/.