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WaPo Slow to Cover Real Grassroots Climate Actions

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gillian Caldwell

Local and regional media have been on point about what's going on in their backyards. Unfortunately, local media does not create a national theme

You Won't Believe What Martin Eisenstadt Said At The White House Correspondents Dinner

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Tucker

TIME.com followed several members of the "elite Twitterati" as they attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner in the ballroom of the Washington ...

Wall Street Journal Reports On Health Care Rationing By US Insurers

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rob Kall

It does not surprise me that the media has failed so miserably to accurately put the American health care system's dismal performance and outrageous cost into an international context.

How the Times Legitimizes Propaganda on Health Care Reform

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Weiler

One has to wonder -- what in this story merited such prominence in The New York Times?

Friday Talking Points [90] -- Obama To Switch Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ted Kennedy is putting both his legacy and his sense of entitlement to his office before the interests of his constituents.

Women Soldiers Finally Get the Attention They Deserve?

Helen Benedict | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Helen Benedict

Nearly six and a half years into the Iraq War, women soldiers are finally getting some attention in the mainstream press.

Friday Talking Points [89] -- Fighting Crazy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

The media is not completely responsible for the state of the debate over healthcare reform. The Democrats have done such a poor job of presenting their case that they really bear the lion's share of blame.

Obama's Second Hundred Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

Gideon Rachman: Inability to Prevent Mass Suffering and Death a "Dilemma for Climate Activists"

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

It is incoherent, even immoral, to go on treating climate change as though it were merely a clash of interest groups. It's not a parochial issue.

The Rape of Iranian Women -- Under Reported?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

I had been hearing stories about women demonstrators being raped before their executions, since it was against Islamic law to execute a virgin.

Why I Urged CNN to Take Dobbs Off the Air

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
J. Richard Cohen

Dobbs' ratings game is so dangerous because there is a segment in our society that is not ready to accept the fact that we have a black man in the White House.

You Believed the Hype!

Doon Baqi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Doon Baqi

We need to stop listening to "them" and think for ourselves.

Friday Talking Points [87] -- A Tale Of Two Houses

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Simply for acting like a leader this week, Speaker Pelosi wins the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award hands-down.

Cronkite Unplugged

Allison Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Allison Silver

Missing from the laudatory "Appreciations" is a sense of Cronkite as a serious journalist who understand that accurately reporting the news was the most important job around.

I'm Sick of Hearing About the Poor, Poor Millionaires

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats have to get over their knee-jerk reaction to being labeled "tax and spenders" by their opposition. If higher taxes for millionaires are the way to pay for healthcare reform, then let everyone know it, and know why.

What's Wrong with the Media?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cenk Uygur

What's the motivation for Politico and the Washington Post to help the healthcare industry fight back against Obama's proposals?

Fill In the Blank Stories

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Franken

So much of what happens in Washngtonworld is so predictable it's like the old joke about old jokes. They're so familiar someone assigns numbers to them.

Sahil Kapur

John Oliver Rips Beck, Limbaugh: "Kind Of A Joke In Themselves"

HuffingtonPost.com | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The Daily Show's John Oliver is unhappy with mainstream journalism, and even drearier on the notion that he's something of a journalist. "I watch cab...

Obama Turns 48 Today; Birthers Demand Proof

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

In a sign that the Birther movement is catching on, a new poll shows that 50% of Republicans believe that President Obama is actually still 47.

Freedom Isn't Free -- We Still Aren't Free of Sarah Palin

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

Ironically, you've announced your babbling bailout on the eve of Independence Day. The people of Alaska may indeed finally be free of you. Unfortunately, the rest of us are about to become hostages.

The Mainstream Media's Schizophrenic Coverage of Michael Jackson's Death

Earnest Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Earnest Harris

Even after all these years of doing what it does, the mainstream media still can't decide if it wants to be a source of facts, a go-to place for what's happening, a tabloid, a gossip source, a place to go for all things negative or maybe even something else.

The Iron Triangle

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The problem was not simply gaps or "lack of balance" in the reportage, but the utter lack of a larger context: some hint that military planners are accountable to more than themselves.

The Media's Double Standard On Showing Neda's Death

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

Either show us the Neda video uncensored, or don't show the poster. You can't really have this one both ways. The American public can either handle this image or we can't. Decide, and be consistent.

The Face of the LGBT Movement and the Mainstream Media: Tackling the Diversity Problem

Pam Spaulding | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Pam Spaulding

What I believe hurts our case a bit, from a PR (and strategic) perspective, is that we've seen few LGBT people of color on-air as the movement faces off against the first black President and his administration.

Be an Ex-President Without Being President First!

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

There's the Star Trek solution of changing the time-space continuum, but I'm hesitant to recommend that because of the damage it might do to the Obamas' new White House vegetable garden.