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Entries by Jason Linkins from 05/2009

Judy Shepard Responds To "Hoax" Comments

Posted 05.01.2009 | Politics

Judy Shepard appeared on last night's edition of the Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the recent expansion of Federal hate crimes legislation and the rem...

Washington Times Makes Crude "Seaman" Joke About John Kerry

Posted 05.01.2009 | Media

Lots of conservative media figures acted all aggrieved when -- at the encouragement of the protesters themselves, who proudly vowed to "teabag" variou...

Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Alter Discuss Obama's "First Fourteen Mondays" (VIDEO)

Posted 05.01.2009 | Media

Stephen Colbert suitably lampooned the media's obsession with the First 100 Days by examining the Obama administration through the lens of the "First ...

Mark Halperin On Souter Replacement: "White Men Need Not Apply"

Posted 05.01.2009 | Politics

With the announcement that Justice David Souter is planning on retiring from the Supreme Court to return to New Hampshire, President Barack Obama now ...

Obama's State Secrets Position: Selling Out Or Clever Ploy?

Posted 05.01.2009 | Politics

Plenty of readers disagreed with the conclusion I drew in my last column, so I figured, Why not air a reasoned countering opinion? Here goes.

Bill Kristol Vowed "Let's Have A Referendum...In 2006 And 2008" On Supreme Court Nominations

Posted 05.01.2009 | Politics

Media Matters yanks this gem from their archives, in which Fox News Sunday's regular group panel weighs in on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice ...

Scritti Politti: May 1, 2009

Posted 05.01.2009 | Media

Hey everybody, did you know that today, there was a mighty Teabagging set for Michigan? Professional poli-sci hobo Joe The Plumber was supposed to be...

David Shuster Takes On Gay Marriage Hater

Posted 05.01.2009 | Media

MSNBC's David Shuster and Brian Brown -- the executive director of the gay-marriage-panicking National Organization For Marriage -- hashed it out on t...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 05.03.2009 | Media

This week has amazed, humbled, enchanted, terrified, angered, mystified, sickened, simonized, dry-cleaned, slow-cooked, dry-rubbed, contributed to the delinquency of a minor, and manslaughtered the innocence of all of us.

Erin Burnett Defends Using Tax Havens: "Isn't It Your Obligation In This Country...To Pay As Little As You Can?" (VIDEO)

Posted 05.04.2009 | Media

On this morning's Morning Joe, Erin Burnett reported on corporate tax havens, where American companies are stashing $700 billion in corporate wealth. ...

Robert Gates Defends Obama Doctrine: A "Humble America" With A "Big Stick"

Posted 05.04.2009 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday, granting host Zakaria an hour long interview that was one of the most deta...

TNR's "Case Against Sotomayor" Reliant On Anonymous Sources, Uninformed Opinion

Posted 05.04.2009 | Media

If one of the virtues of our legal system is the right to be confronted by one's accusers, then Jeffrey Rosen's case in the New Republic is a little wanting.

Scritti Politti: May 4, 2009

Posted 05.04.2009 | Media

We'll see if the results of this recent study undertaken by the University of Illinois-Chicago makes it into the discussion of the Employee Free Choic...

Press Corps Standing For Obama And Not Bush Video Debunked

Posted 05.05.2009 | Media

A YouTube clip purporting to demonstrate -- through press room etiquette -- that the White House Press Corps has a greater level of fundamental respec...

Fox News Caught Repeatedly Cropping, Manipulating Video

Posted 05.05.2009 | Media

Hey, kids! Do you ever get tired of Fox News' crops? I don't mean the food they might be literally growing, in Glenn Beck's Doom Room, in preparatio...

Colbert Satirizes "Too Big To Fail" Bailouts (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2009 | Comedy

The Colbert Report satirically mined the notion of "too big to fail" last night with a spot-on infomercial from fictitious corporate sponsor, The Pres...

Romney Cracks Joke About Palin Beauty -- But He Made People's "Most Beautiful" List

Posted 05.05.2009 | Politics

So the latest tempest raging inside the seemingly endlessly fractious teapot known as the GOP involves one-time Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and f...

Mike Pence Uses Bogus Numbers To Raise "Tax Hike" Alarm (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2009 | Politics

Media Monitor Susan flags a segment from this afternoon's coverage on MSNBC. In it, Congressman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) appeared, holding forth with Andr...

Politico Playbook Reports On Marriage Of Rahm's Yoga Instructor

Posted 05.05.2009 | Media

Waiting in my inbox this morning was today's edition of Politico playbook, from Mike Allen, which, by the way I love, love, love unapologetically beca...

Maddow: Torture Memo Authors Should Go To Jail (VIDEO)

Posted 05.06.2009 | Politics

Media Monitor Brian C. directs attention to a segment from last night's edition of the Rachel Maddow Show, in which the host responded to the recent n...

Cantor Tries, Fails To Offer GOP Health Care Plan On Morning Joe (VIDEO)

Posted 05.06.2009 | Politics

Eric Cantor recognized that any individual without access to health care is facing "a crisis," he "drew the line" at any sort of government "takeover" of the health care system. So, what did he favor?

Rick Santelli To Fellow CNBC Host: "Don't Open Your Mouth And Say Dumb Things" (VIDEO)

Posted 05.06.2009 | Media

The blogosphere is all abuzz with Rick Santelli again. Seems he got into one of those trademarked shouting matches on CNBC -- your source for tradema...

Readers: Give Us Your Supreme Opinions!

Posted 05.06.2009 | Politics

If you have an opinion - or a dissent! - please share it with us, whether it's a personal nomination, an overlooked area of legal concern, or a specific criteria you'd look for in a Supreme Court nominee.

Democrats Accused Of Using Hate Crime Bill To Protect Pedophiles (VIDEO)

Posted 05.06.2009 | Politics

The new, new thing in criticizing Hate Crimes legislation is to pretend that the Democrats have gone and given a whole bunch of special considerations...

Scritti Politti: May 6, 2009

Posted 05.06.2009 | Media

AFP has the story on the effects of the swine flu on the nation of Afghanistan, where officials have locked up the country's only pig for the time bei...