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The Death of Truth: eMeg and the Politics of Lying

Phil Trounstine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Phil Trounstine

Meg Whitman's spending so far has enabled her, like no California candidate in history, to take advantage of the timeless dictum: "A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants."

Bloomberg News Refuses to Correct Blatantly False Drilling Ban Story

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Nelson

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the answer is no. On Thursday I documented a blatantly false Bloomberg news story designed to mislead readers ab...

Jason Linkins

What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate, About Communications

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.16.2010 | Media

As a general rule, I have little respect for political analysis that boils down the problems of elected officials as "communications problems." America's problem is not that Obama is doing a poor job "connecting" with voters on the economy. Why? Because if tomorrow, President Obama wakes up and suddenly does such a fantastic job "connecting" and "communicating" with voters on the economy, the structural problem of unemployment -- in which the unemployed struggle to connect with job openings -- will still exist. Magic words -- even awesome ones like "Accio, employment!" -- do not remove the underlying problem.

Jason Linkins

Politico's Anonymous Sources: A Lesson In Absurdity

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Here's your great achievement in the field of anonymous sourcing for the week of July 12th. It comes in a story in Politico today (the content of which is utterly irrelevant to your lives).

Jason Linkins

CJR: Journalists Should Recognize That The Economy Is 'The Most Important Thing'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

To dovetail with this morning's big Politico story, let's browse over to CJR, where Greg Marx echoes a complaint of mine: that the piece glosses over ...

Jason Linkins

Mississippi Public Broadcasting Drops 'Fresh Air', Citing 'Inappropriate Content' [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

[UPDATED, below.] ---------- If you happen to live in Mississippi and like to listen to the deeply non-controversial offerings of "Fresh Air" with T...

Jason Linkins

Politico: Obama Loses By Winning?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you listen to Politico and its anonymous sources, you'll hear that the Obama presidency is a failure because it makes bloggers sad.

Jason Linkins

Mort Zuckerman Clarifies Claim That He 'Helped Write' An Obama Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Mort Zuckerman has become so inured to the belief that the world revolves around him, whenever he sees something in the world that he agrees with, he naturally assumes that he is the reason for its existence.

Jason Linkins

Pentagon Issues Guidelines On Media Relations, SecDef Gates: 'The Press Is Not The Enemy'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Pentagon continues to profess that it's not going into a bunker mentality, as far as the press is concerned. They continue to take the lead from Defense Secretary Gates, who says he aims to be "straightforward and cooperative" with the media.

Jason Linkins

'Climategate' Debunking Gets Less Coverage Than Original Trumped-Up Scandal (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last year, the hacked emails of climate scientists from the University of East Anglia spawned what has hitherto become known as "Climategate -- a mini...

Jason Linkins

America Needs A Nancy Pelosi-John Boehner Debate Like It Needs A Gaping Head Wound

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

By all means, what the voters need right now is some sort of superfluous television event that will allow the media to indulge themselves in an orgiastic display of their worst instincts.

Maddow Described As MSNBC's 'Voice Of Reason'

MarketWatch | Jon Friedman, MarketWatch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Maddow, 37, is the voice of reason at MSNBC. Notable for their verbal brawn, the hosts of cable news shows often behave on air as if they're competing...

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hello, everyone reading the internet! Good morning. My name is Jason, and this is Mother's Day. And, in honor of Mother's Day, I am going to help a...

Clueless Mainstream Media Misses the Real Immigration Reform Story

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Fernando Espuelas

Aside from a few token Hispanic journalists sprinkled through the broadcast and cable networks like pepper on mashed potatoes, the country's largest minority group is basically invisible.

Jason Linkins

CNN's Problems: Jay Rosen Offers Tips On How To Fix The Network

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

At the end of 2009, Jay Rosen offered the world his "Simple Fix for the Messed Up Sunday Shows." Now, Rosen is back with some suggestions for CNN. They should listen to him!

Jason Linkins

Michael Hastings Still Attacked By Military Correspondents, For Not Following 'Formula'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Everyone can basically keep on doing what they've been doing, up to and including allowing people like Michael Hastings to beat them to stories I am supposed to believe should have been sat on!

Jason Linkins

Shahzad And Taliban: New York Times Jumps The Gun

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

McClatchy Newpapers is reporting that "U.S. officials" are contending that there is "no credible evidence" that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Sh...

Jason Linkins

UK Elections Inspire Witless Microtrends From Mark Penn

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Oh, Nick Clegg. I'm sorry, I'm so, so sorry. But you have become a Microtrend. It's not Clegg's fault, of course. The culprit is Burson-Marsteller...

Gossip and The New York Times

Peter A. Ubel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter A. Ubel

Is it too much to hope that the world's best reporters will stay focused on the big picture, without being distracted by the daily undulations of minor gossip?

Banksy v Welles

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexandra Juhasz

I liked Exit Through the Gift Shop well enough.

Words of Advice to Young People: The Case of Stephanie Grace

Khanh Ho | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Khanh Ho

Let's face it. We just don't have enough female high profile racists in this world. Frankly, I don't want to look at a fat, bald, chubby Glenn Beck or a prescription-pill-popping Rush Limbaugh.

How the Beltway Press (Not Rush Limbaugh) Launched "Obama's Katrina"

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

After going back and looking at the coverage of the politics of the oil spill, it's now clear that it was the Beltway press that hatched the bogus "Obama's Katrina" meme, and then served up on a platter to the appreciative Noise Machine.

Jason Linkins

Arizona Immigration Law Spawns Panicky Exaggerations

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There have been a number of items creeping into my RSS feed that seek to sound some sort of distant early warning that the immigration law, recently passed in Arizona, may soon be coming to a state legislature near you.

Jason Linkins

NYT: We Stopped Calling Waterboarding 'Torture' Because The Bush Administration Didn't Approve

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, we made note of a new study from the Kennedy School of Government that found that America's major newspapers, after decades of reliably and...

Jason Linkins

Politico's HHS Twitter Story: Blowing The Doors Off A Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you're wondering what the Politicoiest story of the day is, try this one on for size: "Administration site promotes vodka, P. Diddy."