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Entries by Jason Linkins from 07/2010

Boehner's Rep Responds To Scarborough: He Works Hard... At Partying!

Posted 07.01.2010 | Politics

Joe Scarborough caused a bit of a stir when he said that Boehner "is not a hard worker." Hilariously, the Boehner camp's response was basically: Oh, yeah? Well I'll have you know that the Minority Leader goes to LOTS of parties!

Oil Spill Media Access: Reporters Still Given The Runaround Even As Public Health Concerns Mount

Posted 07.01.2010 | Media

The latest chapter in the media's ongoing struggle to cover the Gulf Oil Spill comes courtesy of PBS Newshour's Bridget Desimone, who has been working...

Politico's HHS Twitter Story: Blowing The Doors Off A Scandal

Posted 07.01.2010 | Media

If you're wondering what the Politicoiest story of the day is, try this one on for size: "Administration site promotes vodka, P. Diddy."

NYT: We Stopped Calling Waterboarding 'Torture' Because The Bush Administration Didn't Approve

Posted 07.01.2010 | Media

Yesterday, we made note of a new study from the Kennedy School of Government that found that America's major newspapers, after decades of reliably and...

Unemployed Working Hard To Find Jobs, Despite Depiction As Spoiled Brats

Posted 07.02.2010 | Politics

Would-be Nevada Senator Sharron Angle has recently taken to depicting America's unemployed as a group of people so spoiled by the extension of unemployment benefits that they have basically stopped looking for work, preferring to live on the dole than accept one of the many magical jobs she claims are available. What is actually going on with job seekers in America? Well, as it turns out, they are desperately seeking jobs, wherever they may be. Entry-level work. Low-paying work. They show up early, they stand in line, and they often vastly outnumber the number of jobs available. Anyone who suggests otherwise is just out of touch with what's going on in the country.

Sarah Palin's Bowling Trade Show Speech: This Time, She Didn't Annoy Everyone

Posted 07.02.2010 | Politics

As you are no doubt well aware, sometime-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has successfully leveraged her celebrity into a lucrative gig as a trade-show key...

BP Media Clampdown: Journalists Now Face Possibility of Fines, Prison Time

Posted 07.06.2010 | Media

A month ago, Thad Allen issued an order granting the media "uninhibited access" to the areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Thirty days later, it should be said that the order essentially has no real-world meaning at all.

Michael Hastings, Rolling Stone Reporter, Inks Book Deal With Little Brown

Posted 07.06.2010 | Books

War in Afghanistan watchers haven't heard the last of Michael Hastings, whose recent article in Rolling Stone, "The Runaway General," led to the end o...

ProPublica Photographer Detained By Law Enforcement At The Behest Of BP

Posted 07.06.2010 | Media

I know I sound like a broken record, but there is simply no end in sight to the overall media clampdown in the Gulf. It is enforced by BP, with the assistance of local law enforcement officials and the approval of the Federal government.

Bobby Jindal Signs 'Guns-In-Church' Bill Into Law

Posted 07.07.2010 | Politics

In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal has recently signed into law a measure that would allow you to feel comforted by the presence of your gun in the house of the Lord.

Terry Savage, Sun-Times Columnist, Yells At Little Girls At Lemonade Stand

Posted 07.07.2010 | Media

You know, I say, "All hail the cranks of America, who are willing to put almost anything they encounter in the world on trial and find it guilty of de...

Michael Hastings Still Attacked By Military Correspondents, For Not Following 'Formula'

Posted 07.07.2010 | Media

Everyone can basically keep on doing what they've been doing, up to and including allowing people like Michael Hastings to beat them to stories I am supposed to believe should have been sat on!

CNN's Problems: Jay Rosen Offers Tips On How To Fix The Network

Posted 07.07.2010 | Media

At the end of 2009, Jay Rosen offered the world his "Simple Fix for the Messed Up Sunday Shows." Now, Rosen is back with some suggestions for CNN. They should listen to him!

Petraeus: Rules Of Engagement To Be "Clarified," Not Changed

Posted 07.08.2010 | Media

In his Rolling Stone article, "The Runaway General," reporter Michael Hastings detailed just how fraught the relationship between U.S. soldiers and th...

U.S. Contractors Are Failing To Pay Afghans And 'Fueling The Insurgency'

Posted 07.08.2010 | Politics

If you'll forgive a gross oversimplification, the basic task of the United States in Afghanistan is to establish some basic governing institutions in ...

The Year In Michael Steele Mania: Why The RNC Chairman Is 'The Gift That Keeps On Giving' (VIDEO)

Posted 07.08.2010 | Politics

Steele doesn't have any real desire to critique the war. What he does have is a strong sense of mission -- to criticize Obama at all costs. He's motivated, in part, by the genuine pursuit of the RNC's mission to extend the appeal of the GOP, but it gets crossed up with Steele's belief that he is in some sort of street-fight rivalry with Obama. When duty and desire blend with Steele's unique ability to say the worst possible thing at the worst possible time, you get all sorts of comedic verbal pileups. On this occasion, he managed something that vaguely made sense, for reasons that immediately put him at cross-purposes with his party. Vintage Michael Steele.

Mike Weinstein, Florida Representative, Treated To Insane Dance Party Ad From Son (VIDEO)

Posted 07.08.2010 | Media

Here's a political ad in support of Mike Weinstein, a state representative in Florida's 19th District. You will never, ever forget these facts because...

Charlie Melancon Hits David Vitter Again Over Brent Furer Furor (VIDEO)

Posted 07.08.2010 | Media

Rep. Charlie Melancon's (D-La.) campaign closed out the month of June taking a hard shot at his opponent in the Louisiana Senate race, incumbent Sen. ...

Democrats Hoping For A Tea Party Boost Should Maybe Rethink Things

Posted 07.09.2010 | Media

Democrats who have pinned their electoral hopes in 2010 to self-identified "Tea Party" insurgents siphoning off votes from establishment GOP candidates may want to develop a new strategy.

RNC Still Hasn't Gotten Their Bondage-Gate Money Back

Posted 07.09.2010 | Politics

Hey, kids! Remember that time back in March when the Daily Caller's Jonathan Strong won the entire newscycle -- forever -- with the incredibly true s...

GOP Agenda To Be Shaped By Lobbyists: Least Surprising News Ever

Posted 07.09.2010 | Politics

Just over a week ago, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough touched off a mini-media firestorm when he discussed how often Republicans on Capitol Hill tell him that...

Dana Milbank Calls Premise For Arizona Immigration Law 'A Fallacy'

Posted 07.09.2010 | Media

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank offers a solid debunk of Arizona-based illegal immigrant paranoia today, pointing out that "the entire premise of t...

America Needs A Nancy Pelosi-John Boehner Debate Like It Needs A Gaping Head Wound

Posted 07.09.2010 | Media

By all means, what the voters need right now is some sort of superfluous television event that will allow the media to indulge themselves in an orgiastic display of their worst instincts.

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 07.11.2010 | Media

Good morning everyone and welcome to your Sunday Morning Liveblog, newly returned from the Independence Day holiday. We're going to do our best to hi...

Adam Dillon, BP Contractor Who Once Blocked A Local Reporter, Became A Whistleblower (VIDEO)

Posted 07.12.2010 | Media

Down in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is said to be "pleased" with the effort thus far to recap the oil leak, an effort that they took up in earnest over the...