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What Provokes Even the Mildest of Towns?

Yael Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Yael Cohen

I am aware that the F-bomb opens doors for this movement and starts the much needed conversation about cancer, but I am also confident that we have the substance to sustain a long term movement.

Sanity, Iraq, and Jon Stewart's "View From Nowhere"

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

The truth is that the sanity of the majority of the American people never had to be restored. It has been there all along. What was lacking was the passion and the commitment to make sane ideas happen in the face of fear and opposition.

Jason Linkins

David Broder: War With Iran Will Save Economy, Obama Presidency | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So, David Broder has concerns! The economic situation in America is presenting a "daunting situation" that could prevent President Barack Obama from ...

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Memo To Milbank: Obama Repeatedly Said That Change Wouldn't 'Happen Overnight' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, here's Dana Milbank, closing off his riff on President Barack Obama's appearance on last night's "Daily Show", in which the president and Jon Stew...

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'New York Times Torture Euphemism Generator' Introduced By BoingBoing | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at Boing Boing, Rob Beschizza found himself paging through the New York Times' take on the WikiLeaks "Iraq War Logs," when he suddenly had a real...

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Juan Williams Fired For All-Too-Common Offense In Media: Defaming Muslims | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Up until now, you could lose your job for saying intemperate things about Jews, Christians and Matt Drudge. You could even lose a job for failing to defame Muslims. But we seem to be in undiscovered country at the moment.

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WaPo Adopts Dumb New Twitter Rule In Wake Of GLAAD Dustup | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hey, kids! Remember how a week ago, the Washington Post responded to a tweet from GLAAD, which had complained that the paper granted a forum to anti-g...

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Fortune Defends Banks In Robo-Foreclosure Scandal | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Fortune's Duff McDonald is now spinning so hard for the banks in the aftermath of widespread fraud that it basically qualifies as a tropical depression, meteorologically speaking.

VIDEO: 7 Ways the Delaware Debate Could Have Been Better

John V. Santore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John V. Santore


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Jack Shafer: Politicians' Media Dodge May Be A Good Thing | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at Slate, Jack Shafer takes note of the many politicians this campaign season who have beat a retreat from engaging with the press and suggests t...

Jason Linkins | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Lawmakers often talk about how they need to make the "tough political choices." Are you in the ninth year of a costly war that seems to going nowhere...

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Brokaw: War Is The Forgotten Issue Of The 2010 Campaign | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Tom Brokaw issues a sharp, brief, op-ed in today's New York Times, urging that some attention be paid to a crisis that's been all but banished from th...

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The Washington Post's TARP Mythmaking, A Recent History | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If any of the TARP banks were to default on their debt, taxpayers would be on the hook. Were that to happen, WaPo's readers would have every right to complain, "But you guys told us that the 'Wall Street bailout' was over!"

Jason Linkins

How Will The Media Cover The Rally To Restore Sanity, Which Apparently Terrifies Them? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Looking over the various guidelines that news organizations are laying out so that their reporters will know what to do about the upcoming Rally To Re...

Why I Don't Use the I-Word -- In Any Form

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

The repetition of the i-word in conjunction with images of brown-skinned people popularizes the notion that individuals are to blame for our systemic challenges. Language matters in immigration.

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...

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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.

Jason Linkins

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!