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Entries by Jason Linkins from 02/2009

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 02.01.2009 | Media

Michael Steele is up for a return to the "Contract With America," though he does not LITERALLY want to travel back in time to 1994.

Concern Over Dachle Kept To A Minimum

Posted 02.02.2009 | Media

Outrage over Tom Daschle's tax woes didn't even come close to reaching the dull apogee achieved by critics of Timothy Geithner on Sunday, with Daschle...

New York Times' Editors On DOJ Scandal: 'Americans Deserve A Full Accounting'

Posted 02.02.2009 | Media

By and large, the press has, lamentably, adopted the "let's look forward" approach that the Obama administration seems to want to take on wartime abus...

Byron York Leaves National Review For Examiner, And Why It Matters

Posted 02.02.2009 | Media

I think this is a big loss for the National Review. York has long been a major figure among conservative writers, and he takes with him an outstanding, full-spectrum career in political journalism.

Joe The Plumber To Talk Strategy With Luckless Conservatives

Posted 02.03.2009 | Media

Gah, this guy again. Samuel J. "Joe the 'Plumber'" Wurzelbacher, freshly returned from bankrupting Pajamas Media with his "I Don't Know, Maybe Journa...

Old Daschle Campaign Ad Stresses Frugality, Ugly Pontiac

Posted 02.03.2009 | Media

Those who defend Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle on the recently revealed news that he failed to pay taxes on the most expensive car ser...

Donald Rumsfeld Struggles To Board Bus

Posted 02.03.2009 | Media

One of the unseen costs of Tom Daschle using up all of America's car services is that ordinary war-mongering political has-beens are forced to fend fo...

Ben Stein Dropped As University of Vermont Commencement Speaker

Posted 02.03.2009 | Media

According to the Burlington Free Press, bit-actor and intelligent design enthusiast Ben Stein will no longer be serving as this year's University of V...

24's Kiefer Sutherland Insists On Distinction Between Television And Reality

Posted 02.03.2009 | Media

24's Kiefer Sutherland recently asserted that there's some sort of distinction to be made between fiction and reality. This is an epochal breakthrough in elementary existentialism.

House GOP Releases Ridiculous List Defending Stimulus Opposition

Posted 02.03.2009 | Media

So, House Republicans, they just hates themselves some stimulus package! And they've made it clear with their unanimity of opposition and the holy sn...

Scritti Politti: February 3, 2009

Posted 02.03.2009 | Media

Bailouts. Everyone wants one. Banks want a bailout. Homeowners want a bailout. Car companies want a bailout. Dude jumping out of planes want a bail...

Chuck Todd 'Can't Get Worked Up' Over Obama Poll Drop (VIDEO)

Posted 02.04.2009 | Media

The political media is ever so fond of trafficking in all manner of polls, one of which is the oft-cited approval rating. In general, I subscribe to ...

Wall Street Apocalypse Sounds Better With Music (VIDEO)

Posted 02.04.2009 | Media

Johannes Kriedler took a number of the news' most doom-laden charts and fed them into Songsmith -- Microsoft's on-the-spot musical accompaniment generator. The results are positively toe-tapping.

Fox's Brit Hume Praises Obama For Saying He "Screwed Up" (VIDEO)

Posted 02.04.2009 | Media

Fox's Brit Hume may dislike the stimulus package that's been put forth by the White House, but he's bullish on President Barack Obama's willingness to...

AP: Obama "Seen By Some As Arrogant"

Posted 02.04.2009 | Media

I've heard it said that good journalism afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted, but for my money, I love an article that includes insight...

CQ's Crawford Suggests Newt Gingrich For HHS

Posted 02.04.2009 | Media

Over at Congressional Quarterly, Craig Crawford is having himself an idea on who might be a good replacement for Tom Daschle. On the one hand, there'...

Why Daschle's Withdrawal Isn't Such A Bad Thing

Posted 02.04.2009 | Media

The whole world is performing their post-mortem wrestle with the departure of Tom Daschle from the Obama administration, and What It Means. For my mo...

Scritti Politti: February 4, 2009

Posted 02.04.2009 | Media

As the dawn breaks on a hopeful 2009, it is great to see the rise of a figure who so perfectly encapsulates the sense of responsibility and leadership...

MSNBC Contributor Forced To Disclose Wife's Bank Of America Job (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

Posted 02.05.2009 | Media

It seems that some mean old emails have requested that Mike Barnicle maybe should preempt his litany of complaints over the plan to cap the executive salaries.

GOP Lawmaker Describes Party's Strategy As Talibanesque

Posted 02.05.2009 | Media

Ah, so, GOP Representative Pete Sessions is a visionary, or something. He's got a clear idea of how House Republicans are going to operate in this ne...

Madoff Versus Markopolos: How The Journal Dropped The Ball

Posted 02.05.2009 | Media

If you'd have been reading the Wall Street Journal you could have got caught up in Madoff's Ponzi scheme and never been the wiser, because the Journal just flat-out refused to heed repeated warnings and report the story.

Matthews: Card 'Getting A Bit Dainty' Over Oval Office Dress Code (VIDEO)

Posted 02.06.2009 | Media

On last night's edition of Hardball, Chris Matthews laced the "Sideshow" section of his broadcast with a toothy attack on former Bush Chief-of-Staff A...

Panetta Shoots Down "24 Myth" In Testimony

Posted 02.06.2009 | Media

Earlier this week, Kiefer Sutherland, star of the television series 24, attempted to impose some sanity in an interview with the London Guardian. The...

Netflix CEO To Obama: Don't Cap My Pay, Raise My Taxes

Posted 02.06.2009 | Media

Reed Hastings, CEO of DVD-delivery company Netflix, isn't a fan of President Obama's decision to put caps on executive compensation. Hastings, of cou...

James Tedisco: NY Republican Burned By Twitter

Posted 02.06.2009 | Media

You know, it honestly wasn't that long ago that the GOP media strategy ruled the roost. Seriously! In 2004, Bush-Cheney re-elect was a lean, mean, m...