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Entries by Jason Linkins from 10/2010

St. Petersburg Times Responds With Moving Obit After Insensitive Comments Mar Death Notice

Posted 10.01.2010 | Media

Sometimes, the smallest lines defended by journalists are among the most important ones. Properly blowing up on the Internet today is an obituary of Neil Alan Smith, written by Andrew Meacham of the St. Petersburg Times.

NYT's Anonymous Sourcery: The Deep Background Compliment

Posted 10.01.2010 | Media

The intrepid New York Times watchdogs over at The NYTPicker today highlight a unique moment in the history of anonymous sourcery.

Iraqi Parliament Sets New Record For Ineffectiveness

Posted 10.01.2010 | World

The ravaged nation of Iraq passed a sad milestone on Friday -- it now holds the record for the longest amount of time any country has gone "between holding a parliamentary election and forming a government."

Levi Johnston Passes The 'Most Disliked Politician' Torch To Blagojevich

Posted 10.01.2010 | Media

We have some bright news for would-be mayor of Wasilla, Alaska Levi Johnston today! Last month, Public Policy Polling found that there was no politic...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Explains James O'Keefe's 'Prank' On CNN

Posted 10.04.2010 | Comedy

Last Wednesday, the world paused awkwardly to contemplate the bizarre and skeevy news that conservative agit-proprietor James O'Keefe attempted to lur...

John Thune Begins Potential 2012 Bid By Skirting TARP Vote

Posted 10.04.2010 | Politics

In a calmer climate, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) makes for a credible presidential candidate. However, he carries with him what has turned out to be, in this election cycle, a black mark: He voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Larry Kudlow: Obama Hugging Rahm Emanuel Will Embolden Our Enemies!

Posted 10.04.2010 | Politics

Because we could all use a periodic reminder that one of the benefits of being a walking joke is that you have free rein to make addlepated criticism ...

National Press Club Panel Will Help Reporters Become Flacks

Posted 10.05.2010 | Media

Journalism: is there a future in it? Probably not, who knows? But if you're stuck in a thankless reportorial job and want to get down to the busines...

David Brooks Thanks Rahm Emanuel For All The Phone Calls

Posted 10.05.2010 | Politics

David Brooks today takes up the cause of one of the White House's central strategic figures, Rahm Emanuel, and he wants you to know that Emanuel is really an awesome guy!

Ben Quayle And His Wife Will Speak Methodically At Teevee Cameras, For Freedom (VIDEO)

Posted 10.05.2010 | Politics

Ben Quayle captured the GOP nomination for Arizona's Third District House seat on the strength of his promise to "knock around" the "worst President i...

Blackwater And Private Security Firms Just Can't Be Disqualified From Winning Lucrative Government Contracts, No Matter What They Do

Posted 10.05.2010 | Politics

Spencer Ackerman has been doing some stellar reporting on the who's who among the private security contractors that have gotten a share of the State Department's $10 billion Worldwide Protective Services contract.

Dems Still Sweating The Impact Of The 'Rally To Restore Sanity'

Posted 10.05.2010 | Politics

Jon Stewart has the following he has because there's a gigantic group of people out there who have come to trust The Daily Show. People consider Stewart to be a truth-teller, someone who reliably redeems the faith placed in him. If people running Democratic campaigns are worried about the Rally To Restore Sanity stealing away volunteers, then it's time they did some soul-searching and ask themselves why their candidates don't elicit the same devotion.

Jon Stewart Reveals Rally Location (VIDEO)

Posted 10.07.2010 | Comedy

On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart got down to the important logistical brass tacks of how you can find the Rally To Restore Sanity on October 30th. This is very important.

Washington Post Reporter Says He Was Elated To Learn Of Homeless Man's Death [UPDATE]

Posted 10.07.2010 | Media

Last week, we made note of St. Petersburg Times reporter Andrew Meacham who, when confronted by callous reader comments on the death notice of Neil Al...

UK Press Association Inadvertently Uses Concentration Camp Photo To Accompany 'Train Rage' Story

Posted 10.07.2010 | Media

Ahh, the perils of using stock photography! Picture yourself: you're writing up a brief news item for your website and find yourself bereft of any po...

Elie Wiesel, David Axelrod Will Totally Solve That Whole 'Ground Zero Mosque' Problem

Posted 10.07.2010 | Politics

Ben Smith has a story up today about a "public conversation" between David Axelrod and Elie Wiesel that took place Wednesday night at the 92nd Street ...

Christine O'Donnell 'I'm You' Ad Parodied, Winningly (VIDEO)

Posted 10.08.2010 | Politics

You really have to give credit to Christine O'Donnell in Delaware for transforming that Senate race into a high-concept campaign for the nature and meaning of the self.

Dinesh D'Souza Docks In America's Safest Harbor For Lackwits [UPDATE]

Posted 10.08.2010 | Media

What is there left to say about Dinesh D'Souza, who, weeks after his Forbes piece ruminating on President Barack Obama's supposed "Kenyan anti-colonia...

RNC Accidentally Highlights Study That Proves Dems' Tax Cut Plan Is More Generous

Posted 10.08.2010 | Politics

This week the RNC armed itself with a shiny new study from the Tax Foundation that they thought really aided their criticism. Unfortunately, they apparently didn't read it all the way to the end.

Washington Post Editors Dismiss Teacher Layoff Crisis On Same Day Massive Teacher Layoffs Are Reported

Posted 10.08.2010 | Media

The Washington Post editors, apparently bent on making it too easy for me today, have their chests out over the $10 billion that was spent as a part of the EduJobs bill.

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 10.10.2010 | Media

Hello and good morning and welcome once again to another one of these Sunday Morning episodes where people on the teevee talk and I sit at home and ty...

Obama White House Faces Ironic Criticism

Posted 10.11.2010 | Politics

Apparently, criticism of the Obama White House has reached the ironic comedy stage. Right. In a related story, with the exception of mockingbird loyalists, other birds are privately criticizing mockingbirds,

Zoltan Bakonyi ARRESTED Over Danube Pollution In Hungary

Posted 10.11.2010 | Green

One of the things I learned this summer is that if I were to walk across the street and destroy the local Starbucks with sledgehammers and Molotov coc...

Will 'Rally To Restore Sanity' Reveal America's 'Silent Majority'?

Posted 10.12.2010 | Comedy

What can The Daily Show's Rally To Restore Sanity potentially clarify? Rex Huppke of the Chicago Tribune speculates that it might help reveal that America's "silent majority" is a level-headed one, not subsumed by senseless anger.

WaPo Invites Anti-Gay Editorial For National Coming Out Day

Posted 10.12.2010 | Media

Yesterday was National Coming Out Day - a day devoted to supporting the members of the LGBT community who are our family, friends, and loved ones. It...