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Entries by Jason Linkins from 09/2009

RNC Targets Seniors With New Ad (VIDEO)

Posted 09.01.2009 | Politics

The Republican National Committee has a new ad up today, featuring chairman Michael Steele waxing sentimentally about seniors and Medicare and how it ...

WorldNetDaily Faces An Organized Challenge From The Right [UPDATED]

Posted 09.01.2009 | Politics

If you've ever suffered yourself to visit conservative website WorldNetDaily, you've probably despaired at the collection of nonsense and mental deran...

Larry King Asks Strange Question About Food In Interview With Garrido Victim (VIDEO)

Posted 09.01.2009 | Media

On last night's edition of Larry King Live, the late night host was reporting on the recent arrest of Phillip Garrido, a monstrous psychopath who abdu...

Joe Klein Is Now Warblogging With Critics, Forever

Posted 09.01.2009 | Media

Klein is upset about all the mean things being said about him on the Internet, and the litigation of his hurt feelings is somehow considered news by Time, for reasons passing understanding.

Glenn Beck Tells Viewers That He Is A Clown Who Needs "Walls And Gates"

Posted 09.01.2009 | Media

Are we going to have another instance of Glenn Beck's famous fake tears? I think so! Maybe by week's end! Beck's raw emotions are building in some di...

Glenn Greenwald Has Said Kind Things About The Armed Forces, As It Turns Out

Posted 09.02.2009 | Media

Time's Joe Klein levelled a significant and ugly charge: that he had "never seen [Greenwald] write a positive sentence about the US military." But Greenwald has.

Jim Greer, Florida GOP Chair, Warns That Obama "Back To School" Speech Will Foment Socialism

Posted 09.02.2009 | Politics

The Orlando Weekly's Bloggytown is reporting today that a rather generic letter, sent to school principals across the United States by Secretary of Ed...

Demystifying The Media's Take On Budget Reconciliation

Posted 09.02.2009 | Media

Should it come down to using budget reconciliation, you can expect the punditocracy to inveigh against it. The foundation for this has already been laid by the AP using the GOP "nuclear option" talking point.

Fox News Shocked Van Jones Called Republicans "Assholes" -- In February (VIDEO)

Posted 09.02.2009 | Media

Oooh, boy! I know what Glenn Beck is going to be talking about on his Fox News Comedy Cavalcade today! The Hill reports that a video of White House ...

No, Virginia, This Is Not A "Macaca Moment"

Posted 09.03.2009 | Politics

Lots of people think that Bob McDonnell's college thesis "The Republican Party's Vision for the Family" may prove to be his undoing. And lots of those people seem to be working for the Washington Post.

Glenn Beck Tries And Fails At Art History (VIDEO)

Posted 09.03.2009 | Media

Yesterday, Glenn Beck offered viewers a daffy lecture, no doubt pulled from his forthcoming issue of Oligarchitectural Digest, in which he took a pict...

Obama Schoolchildren Speech Drives Right-Wingers Batty

Posted 09.03.2009 | Politics

UPDATE, 8:17 P.M. EST: ABC News is reporting that some school districts in six states (Texas, Illinois, Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota), ...

David Broder Spends Entire Column Contradicting Himself On Torture

Posted 09.03.2009 | Media

Is David Broder having some sort of internal argument with his own brain, on the pages of the Washington Post? Because I'm totally casting Andy Serkis in the movie version of this column!

MSNBC Showcasing Pat Buchanan's Hitler Apologia [UPDATE]

Posted 09.03.2009 | Media

Yesterday, the world was appalled anew by Pat Buchanan, as he commemorated the 70th anniversary of Hitler's invasion of Poland by offering up one of h...

Mika Brzezinski Struggles To Get Morning Joe Colleagues To Take Kabul Contractor Scandal Seriously

Posted 09.03.2009 | Media

Did you hear about that time a bunch of private security contractors went to Afghanistan to guard State Department facilities in Kabul, and turned it into a non-stop orgy of drunken insanity? Not all of the Morning Joe gang took it seriously.

O'Reilly Encouraged An Obama Address To Schoolchildren

Posted 09.04.2009 | Media

Yesterday, I ran down the myriad ways that the conservative fringe are agogging and aghasting at the prospect of President Barack Obama speaking to ch...

NY Mag Art Critic Challenges Glenn Beck To Stage Art Shows

Posted 09.04.2009 | Media

Days after Glenn Beck presented Fox viewers with his art history lecture of Rockefeller Center, I find myself really thrilled at the extent to which p...

Canadians Defend Their Health Care System In Video

Posted 09.04.2009 | Media

One of the unfortunate side-effects of the often confused health care reform discourse is the way so many perfectly nice health care systems that oper...

WorldNetDaily Gaining Influence As Sensible Conservatives Push Back

Posted 09.04.2009 | Media

This past Tuesday, I posted an item on a recent effort launched by the conservative bloggers at The Next Right seeking to challenge WorldNetDaily, an ...

Pro-Reform Rally In Seattle Ignored By Media

Posted 09.04.2009 | Media

I have personally never been to Seattle, Washington, but I am reliably informed that it is a major American city that enjoys many of the technological...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 09.06.2009 | Media

Hello, and welcome to your Sunday Morning Liveblog of your political chatfests. My name is Jason, and this morning, I have got a message for the shor...

Everything You Need To Know About Czars

Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

Driving today's fearful discussion about czars this morning is a Politico article that 's a fine example of what it does best: provide a distillation of political scuttlebutt and press releases into a story.

Opposing Obama's School Speech Isn't Partisan -- It's Just Crazy

Posted 09.08.2009 | Media

With Obama's school address now behind us, the claims made by opponents of the address look more absurd than ever. And yet it should have never come to this point.

The Trouble With Max Baucus: It's Not The Plan, It's The Planning

Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

Matt Yglesias takes an analytic look at the health care reform plan proffered by Max Baucus today, and while he beseeches his readers to remember his ...

What's In Max Baucus' Boxes?

Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

Max Baucus is in the news today because he has "circulated the framework" of a health care reform bill of his own which Ezra Klein calls "not-that-bad...