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Entries by Jason Linkins from 01/2010

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 01.03.2010 | Media

Time to figure out who we are going to be in the coming decade. Making the case that we are all a bunch of freaks who are seriously going to get overperturbed by a guy with flaming underwear, here are the good people of Fox News Sunday.

Anti-Gay Evangelicals Attempt To Distance Themselves From Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill They Inspired

Posted 01.04.2010 | Politics

Today's Times article leaves out the perhaps important part where Scott Lively "prays" that his campaign is like a massive explosion that kills tens of thousands of people in a disintegrating rain of atomic fire.

Bush Officials Admit They Support Obama's Counterterror Policies

Posted 01.04.2010 | Media

Matt Yglesias grabs a key paragraph from Peter Baker's lengthy New York Times magazine piece, "Inside Obama's War On Terror", in which Baker finds a c...

Gilbert Arenas Gun Report: NY Post Scoops WaPo On Only Piece Of Important D.C. Basketball News They'll Cover All Year

Posted 01.04.2010 | Media

Over the holidays, the troubled Washington Times began laying off staff by the metric ton and among the victims of the Moonie-family-gone-King Lear pu...

Obama's Use Of 'Terror': Reporters Still Struggling To Use Internet To Verify Claims

Posted 01.04.2010 | Media

One of the last things I did in 2009 was to lament the awesome stupidity of a press corps that seemed unable to do even basic fact-checking, such as u...

RedState's Erick Erickson Defends Controversial Twitter Posts On 'Colbert Report' (VIDEO)

Posted 01.05.2010 | Media

Last night, RedState's Erick Erickson defended most of his controversial Twitter posts and explained his opposition to a GOP purity test during an app...

Glenn Beck Flooded With Calls From Birthers, Suspects White House Plot

Posted 01.05.2010 | Media

Though Beck acknowledged that fake Obama birth records is "a little unlikely," he nevertheless wondered aloud on his radio show whether or not the left was actually behind the rise of Birtherism.

Rex Rammell, Gubernatorial Candidate, Calls For God To Help Save Constitution

Posted 01.05.2010 | Politics

Remember Rex Rammell? He's the Idaho Republican who made headlines after he joked in August 2009 about hunting President Barack Obama with guns, an i...

Fred Phelps' Lady Gaga Parody: 'Your Whorish Face ... God Hates You'

Posted 01.05.2010 | Politics

In the 2010 media landscape, you are nobody if you're not maximizing your brand by messaging across multiple platforms and leveraging your Twitter pre...

Politico's Cheney Coverage: Editor Defends Its Stenography

Posted 01.05.2010 | Media

If it were possible to, say, hog-tie John Harris with Wonder Woman's truth-compelling Golden Lasso, here's what he'd say about the Politico and Dick Cheney: they are in a co-dependent, enabling relationship.

Dana Milbank Attempts To Resurrect Viral Video Comedy Career (VIDEO)

Posted 01.05.2010 | Media

OMFG, Dana Milbank! Were you not paying attention to the year, 2009, which famously rose up with one clear voice to call for the immediate death of "M...

Northrop Grumman Lobbying: God Now Deeply Involved, Apparently

Posted 01.05.2010 | Politics

If you're wondering why God hasn't yet saved the Constitution -- or bathed Tiger Woods in the redemptive light of religious ecstasy that he needs to b...

Biggest Victim Of Michele Bachmann's Anti-Census Stance Could Be Michele Bachmann

Posted 01.05.2010 | Politics

Seems like only six months ago that Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was feverishly encouraging people to refuse to fill out their census for...

Will Senator Dodd Exit A Hero, Or A Zero?

Posted 01.06.2010 | Politics

As you have no doubt heard by now, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) will not be seeking a sixth term in office. My first reaction: Good riddance. Whi...

Apple Tablet Triumphalism Unleashed

Posted 01.06.2010 | Media

As the first few days of 2010 unfold, the media world is heatedly debating whether or not the forthcoming Apple iSlate will finally "save journalism."...

What If Using The Word 'Terrorism' More Isn't Enough To Stop Terrorism?

Posted 01.06.2010 | Media

As we posted earlier, Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) seems content to contribute little more to the overall oeuvre of counter-terror policy than t...

Ezra Klein, Linda Douglass Talk Health Care, Goebbels On 'Colbert Report' (VIDEO)

Posted 01.07.2010 | Comedy

On last night's "Colbert Report", Stephen Colbert was joined by Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein to discuss the road ahead for the health care refor...

UN Dispatch Offers Primer On Weather, For The Hopelessly Confused

Posted 01.07.2010 | Green

You know tendency of nearly everyone to joke about wintertime cold spells by quipping, "Hey, whatever happened to that global warming stuff!"? Well, the pre-K hosts of Fox and Friends recently made such a joke, as a part of their larger attempts to grapple with wit.

Vitter, Landrieu Enmeshed In Bitter, Pointless Spat Over Judicial Appointments

Posted 01.07.2010 | Politics

Writing for the WBRZ News Advocate, Gerard Shields describes the actions being taken by Senator David Vitter (R-Louis.), who is blocking the nominatio...

Fox News Scrubs 'Honest Injun' From Steele Transcript [CORRECTED]

Posted 01.07.2010 | Media

Steele made some unwanted waves in an interview with Sean Hannity this week when he used the phrase "Honest Injun." And Fox has altered the transcript of the segment.

GOP Candidate Tries To Spin Dodd Departure

Posted 01.07.2010 | Politics

So, have you heard? Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is retiring, an event that's being sold as part and parcel of the larger "OH NOES DEMOCRATS!" story. ...

Watch, As This Snarky Pool Report Outrages Precisely No One

Posted 01.07.2010 | Media

I think we can all agree that the business of pool report writing was just too super-serious to take chances!

Stephanopoulos Concedes Not Pressing Giuliani On 9/11 Attack Was "Mistake" [UPDATED]

Posted 01.08.2010 | Media

UPDATE: Stephanopoulos posted this item on his "Bottom Line" blog: Through his spokesman, Rudy Giuliani has clarified the remarks he made this mornin...

Peter Orszag Love Child: Not That Rare Despite Media Obsession

Posted 01.08.2010 | Media

Over at Double X, Kerry Howley makes a sensible point about Peter Orszag and "journalists' enduring attachment to the phrase 'love child'." I've yet ...

Michael Steele Abruptly Cancels On 'Top Line', Citing 'Emergency' RNC Meeting [UPDATE]

Posted 01.08.2010 | Politics

UPDATED, below. --- Yesterday, a defiant RNC Chairman Michael Steele shot back at his critical colleagues by saying, "I'm telling them and I'm looki...