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Entries by Jason Linkins from 10/2011

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 10.02.2011 | Media

Good morning to everyone and welcome to yet another tragicomically undercaffeinated romp through America's Sunday Morning Chat Shows About The Politic...

Nevada, South Carolina Move Primaries In Response To Florida

Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics

Last week, the Florida Republican Party decided to flout Republican National Committee rules and upset the delicate applecart of American political tr...

Michele Bachmann Doesn't Want Voters To 'Settle' For Someone Who's Not Michele Bachmann

Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics

So here is the theme Rep. Michele Bachmann is now using for her campaign: "Don't Settle." Last week, she delivered a convocation address at Virginia's...

Late Returns: Ron Paul Floats Impeachment Over Al-Awlaki Drone Strike

Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics

The targeted killing of Yemeni-based al-Qaeda "cleric" Anwar Al-Awlaki was guaranteed to be a flashpoint for controversy because it was essentially a ...

Erroneous Nancy Pelosi Quote Spawns RNC Attacks, Kurtz Correction

Posted 10.03.2011 | Media

Howard Kurtz's brief career for Newsweek/The Daily Beast may be better known for its blockbuster corrections than for the content he actually set out ...

Reporters Spent Day Two of N-Wordheadgate Searching West Texas For Racist Rock

Posted 10.04.2011 | Media

After the Washington Post N-Wordheadgate scoop this weekend the rest of the media wanted to add their own contribution. So, as you might expect, everyone within driving distance of Paint Creek, Texas, began the 2012 Primary Season's Quest To Find The Racist Rock!

Chris Christie's Promise To Meg Whitman Could Keep Him From Race

Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

Those still looking through the entrails of dead birds in the hopes that the augury will reveal whether or not New Jersey Governor Chris Christie migh...

Occupy Wall Street Gets A 'Media Makeover' From Andy Cobb

Posted 10.05.2011 | Media

While the Occupy Wall Street movement is in its third week, and seemingly growing by the day, the media has, with a few notable exceptions, demonstrat...

Trying To Discern Occupy Wall Street's 'Demands'? Think 'Jubilee'

Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

Over at Salon, Alex Pareene writes about the struggle that the media is having discerning the "demands" of the Occupy Wall Street movement even though it's easy to discern the larger concerns of the 99% if you just start paying attention.

GOP Rep Vows To Use Reconciliation To Repeal Health Care Reform, Will The Media Bless The Effort?

Posted 10.05.2011 | Media

TPM's Brian Beutler reports today that the GOP is mulling over whether to attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act using a parliamentary strategy tha...

Rick Scott Not Sure Who Made The Campaign Promises That Rick Scott Made

Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

Before Herman Cain got America excited about numeric repetition with his storied (and secret!) 9-9-9 plan, Florida Governor Rick Scott was selling the...

And The First 2012 Candidate To Endorse Occupy Wall Street Is...

Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

... former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer (R). If you've been following his presidential campaign -- and the media, having shut Roemer out of the deb...

Late Returns: Will February Become The Month Without A Horserace?

Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

Florida's decision to move their 2012 primary contest up to January has touched off a race up the calendar from traditional early primary states Iowa,...

Nevada's Primary Move Makes December GOP Contests More Likely

Posted 10.06.2011 | Politics

News broke last night that GOP officials in the state of Nevada, as expected, moved up the date of that state's "first-in-the-West" caucuses from thei...

Palin's One-Man Iowa Operation Can Finally Stop Spending His Savings On Her Non-Campaign

Posted 10.06.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, when Sarah Palin officially confirmed what most people already knew -- that she was not running for president in 2012 prospects -- my thoug...

Occupy Wall Street Vs. Erin Burnett: A Primer In Media Failure

Posted 10.06.2011 | Media

The difference between journalism that makes an investment in the lives of ordinary people and journalism that doesn't is staggering. Erin Burnett's myopic coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests epitomized something I've banged on about before: the signature failing of the media, in the way they've deigned to cover the massive unemployment crisis in America, is that they treat the people who are actually unemployed as abstract concepts. The norm that the media constantly, redundantly enforces is that the unemployment crisis is an event that solely threatens the re-election hopes of politicians, to whom they crave access. But no one craves access to poor people! So they remain in the background, where they can be easily abused.

Primary Calendar Chaos: Mitt Charged With 'Gaming The System'

Posted 10.06.2011 | Politics

With the primary season calendar tilting into disarray, it was only logical that pretty soon, the GOP candidates themselves would get caught up in the...

Late Returns: The Two Ways To Attack Elizabeth Warren

Posted 10.06.2011 | Politics

ThinkProgress' Alyssa Rosenberg thinks that it may have been unwise for Massachusetts' Senate candidate to make her "I left my clothes on" remark, but...

Mike Allen Takes Cheap Shot At Globe Reporter For Good Reporting

Posted 10.07.2011 | Media

The Boston Globe leads with a story today from Donovan Slack, which details how well some of the aides to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign are maki...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Oct. 7, 2011

Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics

Running for president: it used to be cool, something young kids and starry-eyed dreamers actually aspired to do. And understandably so. To be the lead...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 10.09.2011 | Media

Good morning to everyone and welcome once again to your Sunday Morning Liveblog, which is, as always, worth two credits toward your degree in Advanced...

Excluded GOP Candidates Air Ads, Grievances Ahead Of Tuesday Night's Debate

Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

Two of the candidates who have been excluded from the GOP debates so far this season are doing what they can to garner some attention before Tuesday n...

Herman Cain Touts 9-9-9 Plan At Republican Debate In New Hampshire

Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

Straight out of the gate at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, Herman Cain touted his 9-9-9 plan, as the first part of h...

Michele Bachmann Blasts Herman Cain's 'Devil' 9-9-9 Plan At Republican Debate In New Hampshire

Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

Herman Cain, as is his wont, defended his 9-9-9 plan during Tuesday night's Republican primary debate by saying that everyone who's analyzed it -- and...

Jon Huntsman Says Something Interesting Once The Televised Debate Is Safely Over

Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics

My favorite highlight of last night's GOP contest comes via my colleague Alex Becker, who caught Jon Huntsman saying something interesting immediately...