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Oprah Misses the Mark on HIV/AIDS... Again

Kellee Terrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kellee Terrell

Instead of anything substantial, eye-opening or educational, Winfrey decided to focus on issues that distort the epidemic.

Jason Linkins

Washington Post's Capeheart Offers Support To Trevor Project (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you want a nice antidote to that time the Washington Post decided to treat the suicides of gay teenagers as a matter that had two equally valid pro...

Jason Linkins

WSJ Credits 'Capitalism' For Saving The Miners, After It Endangered Them | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It was only a matter of time before someone came along to revise "Footprints" in the matter of the rescued Chilean miners: "My precious child, when you saw yourself lifted out of the darkest hole of your life, 'twas Milton Friedman who carried you."

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Washington Post Will Doggedly Pursue Both Sides Of 'Should Gay Teenagers Commit Suicide?' Debate | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post is just diligently exploring both sides of the issue! You did know that there are two completely rational sides to the debate over teens committing suicide because of homophobic bullying, didn't you?

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The Washington Post Invites Anti-Gay Editorial On 'Coming Out' Day | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday was National Coming Out Day - a day devoted to supporting the members of the LGBT community who are our family, friends, and loved ones. It...

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Washington Post Editors Dismiss Teacher Layoff Crisis On Same Day Massive Teacher Layoffs Are Reported | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post editors, apparently bent on making it too easy for me today, have their chests out over the $10 billion that was spent as a part of the EduJobs bill.

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Dinesh D'Souza Docks In America's Safest Harbor For Lackwits [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What is there left to say about Dinesh D'Souza, who, weeks after his Forbes piece ruminating on President Barack Obama's supposed "Kenyan anti-colonia...

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UK Press Association Inadvertently Uses Concentration Camp Photo To Accompany 'Train Rage' Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Ahh, the perils of using stock photography! Picture yourself: you're writing up a brief news item for your website and find yourself bereft of any po...

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Washington Post Reporter Says He Was Elated To Learn Of Homeless Man's Death [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last week, we made note of St. Petersburg Times reporter Andrew Meacham who, when confronted by callous reader comments on the death notice of Neil Al...

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David Brooks Thanks Rahm Emanuel For All The Phone Calls | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

David Brooks today takes up the cause of one of the White House's central strategic figures, Rahm Emanuel, and he wants you to know that Emanuel is really an awesome guy!

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National Press Club Panel Will Help Reporters Become Flacks | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Journalism: is there a future in it? Probably not, who knows? But if you're stuck in a thankless reportorial job and want to get down to the busines...

The Pakistani Media: Reporting News or Making News?

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

The rabid Pakistani media's misreporting, distortions, unattributed, and unsourced tirades about governmental instability are infectious, and could very well become self-fulfilling prophesies.

Jason Linkins

NYT's Anonymous Sourcery: The Deep Background Compliment | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The intrepid New York Times watchdogs over at The NYTPicker today highlight a unique moment in the history of anonymous sourcery.

The Meaning of the Venezuelan Election Results

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Thor Halvorssen

The Chavez government manipulates rules, laws, and institutions as it sees fit. This has been the case for several years and will be its lasting legacy.

The Latest WSJ/NBC News Poll: 10 Headlines the Media Will Ignore

David C. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David C. Wilson

Given the favored narrative about how bad things are in America, you're unlikely to see some of the more eyebrow-raising nuggets in the data. Here are 10 data-supported satirical headlines the poll could produce.

Wall Street Journal Picks Up Chevron Protest Story & Pivots

Antonia Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Antonia Juhasz

Earlier today, MarketWatch ran a story about my and four others' arrests at Chevron's annual shareholder meeting in Houston on May 25, 2010. The arti...

Educating for Democracy: Book Burning and "Wagging the Dog"

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joel Shatzky

This was the kind of story that, in saner times, would be relegated to a four-line item at the back of the local paper along with the reported rescue of a treed cat or a description of a Sunday school picnic.

Jason Linkins

Colbert's Congressional Act Panned By Reporters | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You may have enjoyed Stephen Colbert playing Stephen Colbert in front of a House subcommittee today, but rest assured your heroes in the field of political reporting were not a whit amused!

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Twitter Bug Really Really Worries The White House Press Corps | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday was a big day in Washington, and for your White House Press Corps: big votes on "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and the DREAM Act -- in short, lots to talk about. But first! Twitter! Will it cause the next 9/11? The White House Press Corps is concerned!

At What Point Does Criticism of the President Help Sarah Palin?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Does the president deserve the level of anger elicited by liars and those who daily attempt to shape our world into one making them ever more wealthy and powerful at the expense of the vulnerable?

Jason Linkins

Washington Post Is Looking For America's Next Top Pundit Again | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post is back with a repeat edition of their "America's Next Great Pundit" contest. Last year, they found an American Pundit that was so...

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Former CNN War Correspondent Speaks Out On Alleged War Crime CNN Refused To Air [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

[Please see update, below.] War correspondent Michael Ware worked for CNN from 2006 until April of this year, during which time he became known for...

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The Washington Post's Demented Take On The Warren Appointment | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The piece begins with the editors stating that they have "qualms" with Warren. Why is that? Well, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection will have a big budget and regulatory power. But so do lots of agencies!

XM/Sirius' POTUS Channel May Be The Last Refuge of Balanced Political Journalism

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Ross

The only thing worse than governing by opinion poll is reporting by it. From the 1940s CBS Radio, then CBS Television was the ratings darling of ne...

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Poverty Rate Report: The Day The Media Cared About The Poor | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The worst of the worst when it comes to the way issues like poverty and crumbling infrastructure and massive unemployment are covered is found in the area of political reporting, where these matters take on no larger resonance beyond how they are affecting the campaign season horse race. Millions of Americans are unemployed! Well, who's up? Who's down? It's the millions of unemployed Americans that are "down."