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Trump's Rise Explained

Shan Wells | Posted 03.02.2016 | Denver
Shan Wells


Wrong-Way Karl Rove Rides Again

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.01.2016 | Home

Good news for anybody who wants to relive that 2012 election night moment when Republican fixer and "George W. Bush's brain" Karl Rove challenged his ...

The Commentariat Considers: What Gave Rise To Donald Trump?

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.01.2016 | Home

Donald Trump is probably going to be the Republican nominee for this year's presidential election. And people are wondering: "Hey, how did this happen...

Shut Up And Let Marco Rubio Have His Mockery Of Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.01.2016 | Home

Based on the outcomes that the polls suggest are lurking in this week's Super Tuesday contests and beyond, it would seem that for Donald Trump's remai...

Has Hillary Ever Lied? Wrong Question

Ted Gup | Posted 02.23.2017 | Home
Ted Gup

I am not defending Hillary Clinton. That is something she can do for herself -- or not. What concerns me is the creation of a bogus standard, one that is unattainable in both the private and public realm, and one which ironically invites lying and misrepresentation.

Trump's Latest Press Conference Earned Him A Ton Of Free Airtime

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.19.2016 | Home

At a campaign stop in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Monday, Donald Trump quipped, “Who the hell wants to take out $2 million worth of commercia...

Softball Fest With Trump Didn't Win The One Thing MSNBC Wanted

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.18.2016 | Home

MSNBC probably went into Wednesday night's televised town hall meeting with Donald Trump in high hopes that they'd be able to produce the commodity th...

50 Newspapers Looking for Stories of Positive Change

Sparknews | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home

Every time we turn on the TV or scroll through our news feed we see reasons for worry. Admittedly, it is the media's role to report on the world's problems and catastrophes. And yet--why don't journalists also cover stories about solutions to global problems?

Joseph Brodsky Explains Perfectly How to Deal With Critics and Detractors in Your Life

James Clear | Posted 02.16.2017 | Home
James Clear

The best thing that can happen to bad advice is that it becomes irrelevant, ignored, and forgotten. In the words of Brodsky, "it's the echo that counts." Negativity doesn't deserve a louder voice. Spend your time echoing something worth hearing.

40 Takeaways From The 2016 New Hampshire Primary, Ranked

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.10.2016 | Home

America's quadrennial obsession with New Hampshire finally reached its anti-climax Tuesday night, leaving pollsters looking redeemed, party elites fee...

This Is A Bad Tweet, 'Hardball'

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.09.2016 | Home

What does it mean if Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton in polls of New Hampshire voters by margins that range from nine points to thirty points? Or...

The Media Is Failing to Vet the Candidates, and Failing Our Democracy

Cody Cain | Posted 02.04.2017 | Home
Cody Cain

This is a horrendous problem. It suggests that the system is rotting from within on a fundamental level. It suggests that the system is beset with perverse incentives that produce perverse results. And such problems within the system itself are much more difficult to overcome.

New Hampshire: Live Free Or Die, But Always Break Late

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.03.2016 | Home

When political observers characterize New Hampshire, host state of the first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 9, one aspect that they typically focus on ...

Clinton Could Have Had Relations with Teenage Staffer

Ian Ference | Posted 02.02.2017 | Home
Ian Ference

Although my (possibly fake) headline is rather extreme, it shows that headlines can manipulate and deceive without being false. Ditto for entire articles, by extension of the linguistic trickery explained in the explanation of the headline.

40 Takeaways From The 2016 Iowa Caucuses, Ranked

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.03.2016 | Home

The Iowa caucuses, mercifully, are over. The votes are in, the winners have declared victory and the people who finished third are also sort of declar...

Media Shares The Blame For Polling Overhype In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

Pollsters are taking a lot of heat from the public and the media for not anticipating Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) victory in Monday night’s Iowa cau...

Media, Quit Marketing "Ideal Beauty" to Teens

The Advice Project | Posted 01.13.2016 | Home
The Advice Project

Being a teen girl, I see the impact that the media has on my friends and a lot of girls' self-confidence. We feel fat, jealous and sad because of the disgusting marketing tools companies use to show us drop-dead "gorgeous" women.

Koch Brothers' 'Bankers' Sneak Anti-Wind Op-Ed Past the New York Times

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.06.2017 | Home
Elliott Negin

So who are Marc Short and Andy Koenig? The Times identified them only as "the president and senior policy adviser, respectively, at Freedom Partners, which advocates for free-market policies."

Donald Trump and the News Media's Catch-22

Michael Golden | Posted 12.30.2016 | Home
Michael Golden

The chicken or the egg? Trump's lead in the polls or the media's sycophantic coverage of Trump? The media's hyperactive coverage of the circus, or the circus's irresistibly magnetic power over the media? Which comes first? Which feeds which? And does it matter?

A New Year's Resolution for the Media: Stop Making Mass Shooters Famous

Jim Diamond | Posted 12.28.2016 | Home
Jim Diamond

Breaking bad habits requires discipline. That's what it's going to take to get major media outlets and big-time journalists to stop giving fame and celebrity status to rampagers -- the mass shooters who are killing and debilitating innocent victims at epidemic proportions.

Yet Another Plea For Calm About Polling

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.16.2015 | Home

So, you say you've noticed a poll! Maybe it was a poll in an early primary state. Maybe it was a national poll. Maybe it was a series of head-to-heads...

Media Says Kids Are in a Gang Because Police Said So

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 12.08.2016 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

In a classic example of the media being stenographers for law enforcement, DNAinfo delivers a piece built exclusively off of the word of police sources. Almost every single paragraph ends with 'police sources say', 'police said' or some other variation.

Why Do You Need To Have The 'First Live Shots' Of A Terrorist's Apartment?

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.04.2015 | Home

A bunch of dummies working for various news organizations on Friday entered the apartment of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the now-deceased accused ...

For-Profit Education Grift Mill Submits Op-Ed Under Someone Else's Byline

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.01.2015 | Home

If you've ever wondered if some of the dullards who populate the editorial pages of our newspapers are just handed copy to turn in, courtesy of clappe...

Star-Ledger Editor Throws Shade On NH Paper's Christie Endorsement

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.01.2015 | Home

If you were doing anything that even closely resembled "having a life" over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, you might have missed the news that the New ...