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Jason Linkins

Hillary Clinton Moved Her Head, According To Crack Campaign Reporters | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was a featured guest Monday at the Center for American Progress' "Expanding Opportunity ...

Jason Linkins

It's Sad That The Best The Media Can Do To Fight Government Corruption Is Scalp Aaron Schock | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

This week, noted ab-haver Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) announced that he will be resigning his seat March 31 under the weight of multiple examples of sh...

Jason Linkins

Clinton Email Controversy Gives 2016 Race Its First Dose Of High Anxiety | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

No matter how many emails Clinton discloses, if this imagined missive fails to materialize, it will always be thought of something that's being hidden, as opposed to something that does not exist. The only solution is for none of this to have happened in the first place -- and it's not as if this required some super-genius amount of foresight to prevent. Rather than solve the problem, it must simply be endured -- and not just by Clinton herself. Whatever you think of this email micro-event -- be it the intimation of a larger disorder, or one more shiny object of diminishing value -- the fact is that it has altered the "invisible primary" in some measurable way for Clinton's allies, her opponents, and the media tasked with covering the story.

Jason Linkins

Hillary Clinton's Email Problem Is Unsolvable | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

Tuesday afternoon, the first act of "Hillary Clinton Email Dämmerung" concluded, with the former secretary of state providing an eager mass of report...

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ICYMI: Here's Everything That Happened During The Netanyahu News Dump | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday morning, an event that was -- for many Beltwa...

Bill O'Reilly and I Killed Bin Laden -- But the Liberal Media Doesn't Want You to Know

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.01.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Critchley

I'm done talking about this. And so is Bill. And so is the management of Fox News -- the highest rated channel in cable, bar none.

Jason Linkins

62 Takeaways From CPAC 2015, Ranked | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

Any time a thing happens in politics, the media has "Takeaways" about that thing. And whenever the media has a bunch of Takeaways, Eat The Press gathe...

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Chris Christie: Watercolor Memories Of A Candidacy That 'Peaked Too Soon' | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

Every election cycle can be considered, first and foremost, a monument to hype. With every passing week, the political world is a blizzard of brash pr...

False 'News' Should Be Treated as a Dangerous and Defective Product

John Friedman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Business
John Friedman

Manipulative tactics -- such as carefully editing both the call and response of a protestor and the crowd -- cannot simply be attributed to 'bad judgment' or even 'bad journalism.' They are, at their most basic, deliberate efforts to knowingly foist a defective product on the public, without regard to the harm it does.

Jason Linkins

Overused Management Bromide Now The Exclusive Property Of Carly Fiorina, Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

Those who closely followed the 2014 midterm elections were treated to any number of compelling stories about candidates poaching one another's ideas a...

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Anonymous Sources, Political Reporters Courageously Forge On After Criticism | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

A few days after the over-reliance on anonymous sources in coverage of Hillary Clinton's proto-campaign was sharply criticized on the record by actual...

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Hillary Clinton And The Not Too Bitter, Not Too Smooth, Just Right Primary | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics

Every election cycle can be considered, first and foremost, a monument to hype. With every passing week, the political world is a blizzard of brash pr...

Gabriel Arana

Bill O'Reilly Accused Of Lying About His War Experience | Gabriel Arana | Posted 02.27.2015 | Media

Perhaps Fox News host Bill O'Reilly feels even more sympathy for NBC's Brian Williams now that O'Reilly, too, has been accused of overplaying his batt...

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Does Hillary Clinton Have An Anonymous-Sources Problem? We Asked A Bunch Of Anonymous Sources | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

Over at National Journal, Emily Schultheis reports on a problem that's been bedeviling those who are closely tied to the proto-campaign of former secr...

Jason Linkins

Jeb Bush's 'Big Tent' Welcomes Iraq War Screw-Ups | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

This week, the 2016 campaign takes us back to Iraq as the media grapples with the emerging foreign policy philosophy and advisory team of Jeb Bush. Th...

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Your 2016 Candidates Have A Secret Weapon, According To The Media | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

Sometimes, in life, you succeed on your own merits. But other times, you need a little something extra. And when the media thinks that they've caught on to that "something extra," they've got a term for it: the secret weapon.

Hold the Phone! You Might Miss a Whale, or Even a Whale of a Bright Idea Like the Laser

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 04.15.2015 | Science
Ben Hellwarth

What if Dr. Townes, instead of taking that timeout, had sent a text or played Angry Birds? Might we be in the dark about the laser? As research and Townes' example suggest, the unpredictable sparks of our own mental machinations should be something we don't want to miss any more than the majestic sight of a passing whale.

Jason Linkins

The Great Mitt-Stakes: Who 'Wins' Now That Romney Has Quit The Race? | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics

Every election cycle can be considered, first and foremost, a monument to hype. With every passing week, the political world is a blizzard of brash pr...

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How Will 'The Daily Show' Cover Brian Williams' War Story Woes? | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.06.2015 | Media

Brian Williams, anchor of "NBC Nightly News," is in a world of hurt right now. Earlier this week, a tale that Williams has been telling for some time ...

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This Week In 2016 Speculation: What Time Is Hillary Clinton? | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every election cycle can be considered, first and foremost, a monument to hype. With every passing week, the political world is a blizza...

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Mitt Romney Drops Out, But He Got Us Good | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

As it was foretold, here we are on a Friday, and Mitt Romney, baron of the end-of-the-week news dump, is once more tugging the rug beneath our feet: ...

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Hot Hot 2016 Scoop: Hillary Clinton Might Wait To Do Some Stuff, Say Random People | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

Good morning, everyone, I come before you today bearing a distant early warning of incoming 2016 speculation and hype. Secure your stocks of bread and...

Deflategate is Alice in Wonderland

James Meyerson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Sports
James Meyerson

Until all the facts are known, the media's news-entertainment industry should leave the story alone. It should stop cheating the public by presenting the story as a serious news story about "cheating" rather than the entertainment story it is.

Jason Linkins

This Day In Anonymous Sourcery: Area Source Concerned Elizabeth Warren Might Get Mad | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

It's a bit early into 2015, but I think we already have a strong contender for Anonymous Source Of The Year. Our promising entrant appears near the to...

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The 10 Best Months For Presidential Election Poll Accuracy, Ranked | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

This week, you probably saw some headlines that said things like, "Poll: Clinton clobbers potential GOP foes." Which sounds pretty definitive. But! Yo...