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Jack Mirkinson is the Senior Media Editor for The Huffington Post.

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CNN's Chris Cuomo Says Reza Aslan's 'Tone' Shows Why People Are 'Fearful' Of Islam

(482) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Recently, author Reza Aslan got a little heated on CNN over some rather sweepingly hostile generalizations Bill Maher made about Islam, as well as some questions about Islam's supposed propensity towards violence.

On Thursday, CNN's Chris Cuomo said Aslan's "tone" was an example of why people are scared...

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Fox News Hosts Are Furious Over Obama Dig

(3041) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 8:50 AM

The folks over at Fox News were shocked—shocked!—to hear President Obama taking a dig at them on Thursday.

The full joke went, "While good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to the freedom of the American people on Fox News, it’s working pretty well in the real...

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Mother Of NBC Freelancer With Ebola Says She Is Praying His Symptoms 'Don't Worsen'

(50) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 8:21 AM

The 33-year-old NBC News freelancer who contracted Ebola has been identified as Ashoka Mukpo. On Friday morning, his parents spoke to "Today" about his progress.

Mukpo was working with NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her crew when he began showing symptoms of the virus. He was quickly quarantined,...

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NBC's Nancy Snyderman Talks From Liberia About Crew Member Who Contracted Ebola

(18) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 10:12 PM

NBC News's Dr. Nancy Snyderman told Rachel Maddow on Thursday night that her cameraman in Liberia who has tested positive for Ebola is in "good spirits" and that she and her crew are being "extraordinarily vigilant" with regards to their own health.

Snyderman and her team have been...

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The New York Times Has Had A Very, Very Rough Year

(9) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 9:25 AM

2015 is still a few months away, but the folks at the New York Times are probably wishing that they could throw 2014 in the dumpster now, given how challenging this year has often been.

The announcement on Wednesday that the paper was slashing hundreds of jobs and...

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New York Times Announces Deep New Round Of Staff Cuts As Digital Initiatives Stall

(121) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 9:31 AM

In a sign of the persistent challenges facing the newspaper industry, the New York Times is planning to make deep cuts in its newsroom staff, executives announced Wednesday. More troublingly for the paper, its attempts to gain new sources of revenue through digital products appear to be stalling...

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Rosie O'Donnell And Whoopi Goldberg Got Into An Enormous Fight On 'The View' Set

(870) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 11:47 AM

It used to be that fights on "The View" happened while the cameras were rolling. But hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg recently got into a vicious argument during a commercial break — and now it's leaked out into the open.

Goldberg and O'Donnell are unquestionably the big dogs on...

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Bill O'Reilly Is Just So Mad At Stephen Colbert These Days

(690) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 8:30 AM

Despite just about everyone telling him that his plan to defeat ISIS using a vast mercenary army is really, really terrible, Bill O'Reilly is not backing down. (Surprised?)

On Monday, O'Reilly lashed out at frequent foe Stephen Colbert, who had devoted a segment...

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Nate Silver's Wesbsite Is Reportedly Seen As A 'Disaster' By Some At ESPN

(25) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 9:02 PM

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website launched with much fanfare back in March. Silver was seen as a new media sensation, someone prepared to upend the stale worlds of political analysis and sports reporting with his data-heavy style.

So, how's that going? Well, if you believe insiders at ESPN who...

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Glenn Greenwald: Media Way Overhyped Khorasan Group Threat

(138) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 8:56 AM

When the United States suddenly announced last week that it had attacked a militant group called Khorasan, many observers wondered where, exactly, these people had come from.

"Extraordinary - military strikes against a group no WH official had ever publicly mentioned by name," ABC's Jon Karl

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Ben Bradlee Is Now In Hospice Care, Sally Quinn Says

(20) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 8:12 AM

Ben Bradlee, the legendary former editor of the Washington Post, is suffering from advanced dementia and is in hospice care, his wife Sally Quinn disclosed in an interview with C-SPAN.

Bradlee, who is 93, secured a place in history with his stewardship of the Post through the Watergate...

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New York Times Columnists Are Warring With Each Other Again

(19) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:39 AM

The New York Times famously does not let its columnists attack each other by name, so the paper's pundits have developed the habit of rubbishing their colleagues' ideas with less than complete subtlety instead.

The past week has seen an explosion of intra-Timesian battle, all couched in the...

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Rosie O'Donnell Criticizes American Bombing Of Syria

(83) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Rosie O'Donnell spoke out against America's bombing campaign in Syria on Wednesday's "View."

Speaking just as President Obama was telling the United Nations about his plans to extend American military involvement in the Middle East, O'Donnell said she was troubled by the situation.

"It's scary to me to...

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The White House Finds Another Way To Irk The Journalists Who Cover It

(163) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 8:27 AM

Sometimes, it seems as if the White House is finding every way it can to annoy the reporters who cover the Obama administration.

White House journalists have complained over and over and over and over and over again about the...

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Fox News Pundit Winds Up On The Terrorist Watch List

(187) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 4:29 PM

The Department Of Homeland Security is known for being somewhat overzealous with its terrorist watch list—Nelson Mandela was infamously on the list as late as 2008, for instance. Hundreds of thousands of people are routinely placed on the list, often for very minimal reasons.

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Iranian President Says He Can't Do Anything To Free Detained Reporter

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani addressed his country's continued detention of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaiain in a meeting with American editors and journalists in New York on Friday.

Poynter's Andrew Beaujon reported that Post editor Martin Baron was among the group which met with Rouhani. New York Times...

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Bill O'Reilly Gets Told His Plan To Defeat ISIS Is A 'Terrible Idea'

(611) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:45 AM

Bill O'Reilly outlined his personal plan to defeat ISIS on Monday night. The plan consisted of the United States funding and training a huge mercenary army to take on the Islamic State militants.

O'Reilly then brought on Tom Nichols, a professor at the US Naval War College. This is what...

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Rachel Maddow Has Some Very Pointed Questions About Our New War In Syria

(61) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:13 AM

The announcement that the United States has begun bombing ISIS targets in Syria was, naturally, a huge topic in the media world on Monday night. Rachel Maddow was one of the anchors who stayed for hours following the story, and she told her viewers she had...

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NY Times Sees It's In A Shonda Rhimes Hole, Keeps Digging

(158) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 10:32 AM

The scandal surrounding the New York Times' piece on television titan Shonda Rhimes keeps getting worse.

The Times' Alessandra Stanley set the Internet alight when she wrote about Rhimes last Friday. Her depiction of Rhimes as an "angry black woman," along with her overall take on Rhimes' shows,...

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TV News Misses Yet Another Opportunity To Cover Climate Change

(815) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 8:19 AM

The People's Climate March on Sunday was perhaps the largest climate change protest in history. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City. Celebrities and high-profile politicians were among the marchers. The protest was a huge topic on social media.

All...

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