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Entries by Jason Linkins from 04/2010

Jon Stewart Shows C-SPAN How To Handle Racist Callers (VIDEO)

Posted 04.01.2010 | Comedy

"The Daily Show" did an enjoyable segment about the recent on-air incident on C-SPAN, in which a caller from North Carolina went on a racist diatribe ...

Hutaree Paranoia Exacerbated By Erroneous Email Forwards

Posted 04.01.2010 | Media

For years, we've been receiving those annoying politically-themed chain emails from our under-informed aunts and cousins without giving them a second ...

RNC Mailer Typo Directs Recipients To Phone-Sex Line

Posted 04.01.2010 | Politics

Hard on the heels of Monday's nonsense with the bondage-themed Young Eagles sexytime nightclub jaunt, news is breaking of a mailer the RNC sent out that includes a phone number directing callers to a phone sex line.

Don Imus, Chris Wallace Discuss Cokie Roberts's Criticisms

Posted 04.01.2010 | Media

Yesterday, I made note of this segment on NPR, in which ABC News contributor Cokie Roberts, while discussing the way female politicians never find the...

Indiana 'Poop Bubble' Crisis Comes To An End

Posted 04.02.2010 | Green

Last week, we made note of a Wall Street Journal story that described the way massive, small-house-sized "poop bubbles" which had formed in the waste ...

Media Drills Vapidity On Drilling Into Our Faces (VIDEO)

Posted 04.02.2010 | Media

Obama came straight out of the blue this week with a decision to start up some crazy new offshore drilling campaign. It's an opportunity to ask some pretty substantive questions. Unfortunately, the media all had much better things to talk about.

RNC's Filings Reveal Creative Definitions Of 'Office Supplies'

Posted 04.02.2010 | Politics

It's been a rough week for the Republican National Committee. When news broke that the RNC spent nearly two grand at a "bondage-themed" Los Angeles ni...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 04.04.2010 | Media

Good morning and happy Easter and happy Passover and welcome to your Sunday morning liveblog of the images that flicker and bob inside your teevee box...

Palin Spokesperson Disparages East Coast

Posted 04.05.2010 | Politics

Matt Yglesias flags this part of a New York Times article on Sarah Palin, her "brand," and her "Real American Stories" teevee show that offers yet ano...

Justice Stevens Retiring?: Arlen Specter Thinks He Should Wait Due To Senate 'Gridlock' (VIDEO)

Posted 04.05.2010 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has recently been sending signals that his retirement from the Court is nigh, and those signals have been stro...

Anti-Census Fearmongering: GOP Tries To Walk It All Back

Posted 04.05.2010 | Politics

The right has overindulged itself in all sorts of crazy fearmongering over the 2010 census. That was a lot of fun back in 2009 but now that the census is being conducted, there's a worry people might actually take all this craziness seriously.

RNC Scandals: Adult Swim Summarizes The Week

Posted 04.05.2010 | Comedy

With all the news about the Republican National Committee that has stacked up in the newshole, what with the profligate spending and the creative acco...

Eric Massa, Glenn Beck Receive The 'Auto Tune The News' Treatment

Posted 04.05.2010 | Comedy

Here is the latest jam from the Auto Tune The News crew, pretty much fulfilling their obligation to do something funny with Eric Massa's painfully uncomfortable interview with Fox News's Glenn Beck.

Larry Summers Leaving? This Day In The Rumor Mill

Posted 04.07.2010 | Business

Josh Green of The Atlantic is convinced that Summers is leaving, "sooner rather than later, possibly before the mid-term elections, and if not then, soon afterward."

Henry Blodget Gets Enshrined In The Urban Dictionary

Posted 04.07.2010 | Media

Some of the apparent collateral damage from the recent Henry Blodget-on-Felix Salmon Twitter Folderol Of 2010 is that Blodget has ended up in the cruel and mocking embrace of the Urban Dictionary.

Financial Reporting And The Perils Of 'Cognitive Capture'

Posted 04.07.2010 | Media

It's too much to demand "crystal ball" clarity from the media. But to impose a better psychic metaphor, it's not impossible to do a better job reporting out the position of the tea leaves at the bottom of the cup.

WaPo's Pearlstein On What's Wrong With Financial Coverage

Posted 04.07.2010 | Media

Pearlstein gave a melodramatic, fist-pounding rant about how the press should concentrate on doing data-driven "dot connecting," rather than ground-level reporting on how the financial crisis affected Main Street types.

Jonah Goldberg Has Issues With Dragons

Posted 04.07.2010 | Media

O-kay, here is how we are going to deal with this, in three easy steps: Step One: Michael Brendan Dougherty, January 21, 2010: First, you're obsesse...

David Brooks Presents Genuinely Weird Income Statistic

Posted 04.07.2010 | Business

So, Joel Kotkin wrote a book called "The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050", and David Brooks read it, and got so optimistic that today he has a c...

Tim Pawlenty Finds A Way To Co-Opt Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin Rally

Posted 04.08.2010 | Politics

Here's a great catch by Wonkette's Jim Newell. Apparently, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was so bent on horning in on yesterday's Michele Bachmann/...

Jeff Biggers: Hold Mining Industry 'Outlaws' Accountable (VIDEO)

Posted 04.08.2010 | Green

CNN's Kiran Chetry conducted an interview today with Jeff Biggers, journalist and author of "Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in th...

Gorilla-Costume-Clad Neighbor Creates Today's Great Moment In Photojournalism

Posted 04.08.2010 | Comedy

You might not normally be interested in a local news story from the New Hampshire Union-Leader about a beach house that "was gutted this morning after...

Reuters Spikes Story On Photographers Killed In Baghdad

Posted 04.08.2010 | Media

Reuters deputy Brussels bureau chief Luke Baker penned a "muscular" story that gave strong consideration to the possibility that the slaying of Reuter...

Biden F-Bomb: Polls Show Majority Of Americans Not Suffering From Lingering Effects

Posted 04.08.2010 | Politics

Greg Sargent has the rundown on the impact of Vice President Joe Biden using the phrase "big fucking deal" a few weeks ago -- and, apparently, it wasn...

Sarah Palin Spoke At A Wine Wholesalers Expo, For Some Reason [UPDATE] [AUDIO]

Posted 04.08.2010 | Politics

Did anyone wake up today thinking to themselves, "Sometime-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's appearance at that Bachmann rally was swell, but I'd sure like to know how her keynote speech at the Wine And Spirits Wholesalers went?"