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Jason Linkins

This Day In TARP Triumphalism | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

It's been a while since we've heard that trumpet voluntary from the Treasury Department, signaling the sending of another press release celebrating the fact that "TARP worked!" But this week, the horns sounded.

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Are The American People Secretly To Blame For Congressional Gridlock? (No, That's Actually Crazy) | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.18.2011 | Media

Our system of governance is broken. And as I remark almost as often, the way this broken system is covered by the media is also broken, and so our understanding of the reasons for the breakage suffers.

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Ron Paul Is Worthy Of Press Attention, And His Ames Result Has Nothing To Do With Why | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.16.2011 | Media

Ron Paul wanted Congress to have the power to audit the Federal Reserve. Rick Perry has gone after the Fed. One man is clearly the pale imitation of the other, and it's the pale imitation who's getting all the coverage. That sound like good journalism to you?

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The Softcore Thomas Friedman | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.16.2011 | Media

I don't know if any of you have been paying attention, but New York Times metaphor-mangler and haver-of-thoughts Thomas Friedman has really been on a nonsensical tear lately.

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Late Returns: Too Late For A 2012 Savior | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics

As noted earlier, the Wall Street Journal's editorial board has decided today that it will remain a strong voice of conservative discontent over the f...

"Shocking Secrets Revealed: Illegal Means Used to Carve Up Live Humans for Human Consumption"

Rev. Barbara Kaufmann | Posted 10.11.2011 | Media
Rev. Barbara Kaufmann

Do you really welcome and enjoy the emotional, metaphorical or actual wounding and bleeding of a fellow human as tabloids claim you do?

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Thomas Friedman Dreams Of A 'Grand Bargain,' In Which Sentimentality Saves America | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.10.2011 | Media

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has returned from another of his periodic sojourns into the cloudcuckooland of his own imagination, and brings us word of this dream he had, which he hopes to implant. The basic plot is this: In an alternate universe, our American lawmakers buck their traditional bases to come up with a plan -- it's a revision of an old plan, actually -- that singlehandedly eliminates the need for the Sad Guys On Trading Floors blog forever.

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WATCH: S&P Downgrade Gives Media A 'Wake Up Call' About The Terrible Economy | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.09.2011 | Media

Ordinary people in America have probably noticed that over the past three years, the economy has been, for the lack of a better term, "FUBAR." Even if...

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Why Ask Hard Questions About The Impact Of Debt Ceiling Negotiations When You Can Party Instead? | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.02.2011 | Media

Come one, come all, and celebrate the debt ceiling deal! Sure, we've no way of knowing if steep spending cuts will imperil the government's ability to regulate the sale of poisonous toys from China, but that's not journalism's job to worry about.

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Everyone And No One Won And/Or Lost The Debt Ceiling Fight, Says The Media | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.02.2011 | Media

One of the best features of the "debt ceiling deal" is that no one seems to be able to agree who won or who lost. Maybe everyone won! Maybe everyone l...

A Time for Stories About Heroes

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 10.02.2011 | World
Gail Vida Hamburg

In the wake of the Oslo explosions and the massacre on Utoyo island, we have learned so much, too much, about the protagonist of the whole tragedy. But what of those who were at the scene unharmed themselves but who helped those who were?

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What Do Journalists Think About The Debt Crisis? They Think Americans Got What They Deserved. | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.01.2011 | Media

Journalism is about choices. With millions of Americans out of work, the press decided awhile back to put all of its labor into creating the Beltway Deficit Feedback Loop. Because journalists had become so inured to being led by the nose by the important people to whom they needed "access," they abandoned the American people. Their excuse? "Well, no one in Congress is doing anything about unemployment, so what's to cover?" Pop some popcorn and let's see where this takes us! Well, where it's taken us is "past the brink." Our political culture has been permanently altered for the worse.

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WATCH: The New Debt Ceiling Deal Media Narrative In Two Minutes | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.01.2011 | Media

As noted here earlier, the debt deal that's in the offing is said to be a Great and Virtuous Thing not because it results in any tangible benefit for ...

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Further Adventures In Happy Debt Ceiling Deal Assumptions | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.01.2011 | Media

Since the media is treating the "debt ceiling deal" the way it treats all debates in Washington -- as important only insofar as it affects the politic...

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The Democrats May Have Lost Now, But They Can Win Later (Unless They Also Lose Later) | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.01.2011 | Media

Some say the pony in the Bad Loser Debt Deal is that the tax cuts will expire at the exact same moment they would have expired if there wasn't a Bad Loser Debt Deal. O-kay! Except I've seen this movie before, and I know how it ends.

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Media Proclaims Debt Deal To Be Good And Virtuous Because No One Is Happy About It | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.01.2011 | Media

Do you remember a more innocent time in your life where you thought the purpose of legislating was to ensure positive-sum outcomes for ordinary Americans? Those were great times!

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CNN Reporters Encounter Ordinary Americans In The Wild, Are Confused To Learn They Aren't Also Obsessed With Beltway Kabuki Play | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.27.2011 | Media

We should probably applaud CNN for recently doing something unique among American cable news media -- they actually made an effort to find out what life is like for actual Americans, instead of creating a bunch of hodgepodge panels out of political strategists to expel balloon juice from their word holes. In the most recent case, the most trusted name in news dispatched a reporter to chat up some senior citizens in Pasadena, California. That's a nice start! But there's room for improvement here: The CNN reporters and anchors could try actually listening to what their interview subjects are telling them.

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Al Sharpton Brings Baggage, Conflict Of Interest And No Discernible Talent, To MSNBC | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.27.2011 | Media

It seems that during the time I was out of the country, The Powers That Be at MSNBC decided to replace "Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur with civil rights...

One View From America

Murray Fromson | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Murray Fromson

To hear the GOP claim to know what the American people want would cause you eye strain trying to find any credible African Americans, Latinos or working-class or unemployed Americans among the mostly all-white GOP leadership.

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Michele Bachmann Is The One 2012 Candidate Who's Not Allowed To Spend The Money Necessary To Look Good On Teevee, Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.26.2011 | Media

Politicians are a vain lot, and even if they weren't, the necessities of the television age enforce a certain need to maintain a baseline level of att...

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Debt Ceiling Stories Use Anonymous Sources, According To Newspaper That Uses Anonymous Sources | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.25.2011 | Media

Reporters in Washington pretty much rely on anonymous sources to write their stories, because reporters need zazzy and divisive comments from people l...

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Death To The Debt Ceiling Negotiations! | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

Honestly, America, if you want to deliver the right message to your representative, you need to call them up, repeatedly, and make this simple demand: "Raise the damn debt ceiling."

The Hardly Humble Hackery of Rupert Murdoch

Karl Frisch | Posted 09.20.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

The idea that Murdoch would have so little knowledge of the problems facing News of World is preposterous on its face given facts readily available to anyone with access to Google.

Social Media Reputation Management Tips

Grant Cardone | Posted 09.14.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

With increasing numbers of people heading online as their first step to research your company, product and even for your personal information, it only...

"I'm Afraid Fox Loses This Round."

Ari Rabin-Havt | Posted 09.12.2011 | Media
Ari Rabin-Havt

Fox News has launched a flurry of attacks on Media Matters, making the ludicrous argument that the IRS should revoke our nonprofit status. Because of its size and influence, News Corp. believes it can intimidate anyone who takes issue with its agenda.