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Entries by Jason Linkins from 09/2010

9/11 Movie Musical 'Clear Blue Tuesday': I'm Not Sure What To Think

Posted 09.01.2010 | Media

If you had come to me in the past couple of years and told me that you were working on a movie called Clear Blue Tuesday, I would have said, "Wow! A movie about feminine hygiene products?"

Journalist At Center Of Bogus Laredo Ranch Story Accused of Plagiarism

Posted 09.01.2010 | Media

If you spend enough time getting to know bloggers, you'll find that plenty of them have a story or two to tell about their uneasy relationship with tr...

Fox News Military Analyst Comes Out As Birther

Posted 09.01.2010 | Media

August's slow-news period would have seemed to me to be a prime period for some sort of Birther flare-up, but just past the deadline comes the news that Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney has signed an affidavit in support of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin.

Carly Fiorina Opposes Same-Sex Marriage With The Help Of Political Cover From Democrats (VIDEO)

Posted 09.02.2010 | Politics

Over at ThinkProgress, Igor Volsky has video of California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina in last night's debate, offering her take on same-sex marria...

Jan Brewer Starts Badly, Finishes Worse, In Last Night's Arizona Gubernatorial Debate (VIDEO)

Posted 09.02.2010 | Politics

Last night, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer got down to debatin' with her opponent, Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard, and Ben Smith has video of ...

Elizabeth Warren Won't Be Returning To Harvard, Sparking Speculation About Her Future

Posted 09.02.2010 | Politics

In case you missed it, today's bit of hot and sexy Beltway speculation concerns Congressional Oversight Panel Chair Elizabeth Warren. The Washington P...

Louisiana Democrats Drop Vitter Prostitution Video Opus

Posted 09.02.2010 | Politics

Last week, I was surprised (and chagrinned) to learn that despite the widespread, inside-the-beltway knowledge of Senator David Vitter's (R-La.) prost...

Miami Herald Plays Fast And Loose With Oil Rig Photos

Posted 09.02.2010 | Media

Earlier today, another oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 100 miles south of Vermilion Bay in Louisiana. If you've been following ...

Explaining Jan Brewer's Debate Performance

Posted 09.03.2010 | Politics

Yesterday, we brought you word of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and her terrible, horrible, no good, bery bad debate performance, in which she entirely spaced on her opening statement. But what really went wrong?

Crammed Down The Throat: The Mediagasm (VIDEO)

Posted 09.03.2010 | Media

Last week, Josh Fruhlinger of Wonkette wrote: If you follow American politics and you have a soul, one of your least favorite phrases is some varia...

Park51 Opponents Now Just Dragging Missiles Around Manhattan, Because They Understand Tact

Posted 09.03.2010 | Politics

Courtesy of Jim Newell and Mark Borden comes some photographic documentation of how the dialogue over the proposed Park51 cultural center is proceedin...

President Obama Has 'Few Options' In Commemorating 9/11... Really?

Posted 09.03.2010 | Media

The White House has apparently not yet made public where President Obama will spend his day on September 11. But this absence of information is apparently no impediment to Politico writing a 16-paragraph story explaining why this is important because, as it turns out, the president has "few options." So. No matter what Obama chooses to do on September 11, people will be prepared to lose their minds completely over it, and the media will treat their ravings as "another interesting point of view on the issue."

Jan Brewer: No More Debates For Me

Posted 09.03.2010 | Politics

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is apparently done with participating in gubernatorial debates, because she is terrible at them. Per Jillian Rayfield at ...

AP Issues Standards Memo: 'Combat In Iraq Is Not Over'

Posted 09.03.2010 | Media

At some point in the last two weeks, you may have been told by someone in the news that combat operations in Iraq were over, and that the last combat ...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 09.05.2010 | Media

Happy Labor Day to everyone out there who's still being compensated for some sort of labor! And for all of those of you who aren't -- and I understan...

TNR's Marty Peretz: Muslims Unworthy Of 'The Privileges Of The First Amendment'

Posted 09.07.2010 | Media

From time to time, I harbor grave doubts about whether or not Peretz is worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment. But in the end, I suppose pornography provides a low bar for Peretz to barely clear.

Unemployment Plus Capacity Utilization = 'A F**king Disaster'

Posted 09.07.2010 | Business

While your political touts are on the teevee, talking about the poll numbers that spell doom for Democratic politicians, let's not lose sight of the n...

9/11 Exploitation Advertising: Still A Bad Idea

Posted 09.07.2010 | Media

I'm not sure that the 9/11 attacks should ever be used as an advertising hook for anything, but this advertisement for a French newspaper surely isn't going to win any fans by combining 9/11 iconography with smart-assed self gloating.

The Daley Show With Rahm Emanuel: The Mediagasm (VIDEO)

Posted 09.09.2010 | Media

When Richard M. Daley announced that he will not be seeking reelection as mayor of Chicago, the reaction of your cable teevee news heads was as swift ...

White House Expands On Executive Powers Once Criticized By Obama, No Doubt To The Delight Of The Base

Posted 09.09.2010 | Politics

As you may have heard, in these last eight weeks of the campaign season, the Democrats are going to be ramping up efforts to remind voters of how bad ...

Baltimore Sun's Use Of English Language Confuses Readership

Posted 09.09.2010 | Media

The Columbia Journalism Review tips readers off to the incredibly true story of that time the Baltimore Sun used a word in a headline that completely perplexed its readership.

Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves

Posted 09.10.2010 | Media

The story of how one lone idiot, pimping an 18th-century brand of community terrorism, held the media hostage and forced some of this nation's most powerful people to their knees to fitfully beg an end to his wackdoodlery is an extraordinary one.

Rahm Emanuel Wins Unscientific Poll

Posted 09.10.2010 | Media

Writing at Ben Smith's eponymous blog, Gabriel Beltrone takes note of an "off-the-cuff, and relatively unscientific" poll, conducted by We Ask America...

MSNBC Deploys Jon Meacham To Warble Theology At Quran-Burning Pastor, For Some Reason

Posted 09.10.2010 | Media

It seems that while I was working on emptying all my chambers into cable news professionals for letting two-bit crank cult leader Terry Jones get so p...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 09.12.2010 | Media

I know it's not technically autumn yet, but eff the equinoxes! I want this summer to be put behind us, immediately. So let's get into the fall mindset. We have opening week of the NFL today!