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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...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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 ...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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: ...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

The Media vs. the Movement: 3 Ways the 'New York Times' Completely Misunderstands #BlackLivesMatter and Movements in General

Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices
Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Recently the New York Times published the latest in its series of sub-par articles on the current racial justice movement. Like its predecessors, this installment dutifully reinforces conventional wisdom that does not stand up to challenge.

The Digital Explosion and the Scandal Industry

Eric Dezenhall | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media
Eric Dezenhall

The Fiasco Vortex is a digital age problem where media, technology and vested interests combine in a vicious, inescapable circle.

Jason Linkins

RNC Announces New, Vastly Less Insane Primary Debate Schedule | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee, in its after-action report on the 2012 election (known by its nickname, the "RNC Autopsy"), made it a...

Jason Linkins

Mitt Romney Will Have His Revenge | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

There was a moment when it appeared that the next presidential contest was simply going to lumber into existence. A slowly emerging field would pace t...

People of Color Deal With Mental Illness, Too

Dior Vargas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dior Vargas

There is a stigma that is rampant in our society towards mental illness. Yet it is worse for communities of color. I want my community to know that this is not something to be ashamed about. This is not a white person's disease.

CBS Films Should Show Some 'Pride' in Lesbians and Gays

Asher Huey | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Asher Huey

To CBS Films: We are the gays and lesbians and we have supported you by seeing the film, talking about it, and sharing the message with out friends. Now it's time for you to act like the miners at the end of the film. Because of our solidarity, show some solidarity towards us: Fix the cover.

Jason Linkins

In Solidarity With A Free Press, I Put Some Objectionable Content On The Internet | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

In the wake of the brutal killings of the satirists of French weekly Charlie Hebdo, the people of the Internet are having a national -- actually, I gu...

Jason Linkins

If It's Sunday Morning, Is It Sexist? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

If you've spent any length of time watching the Sunday morning political talk shows, as I once, regrettably, did, you've probably noticed that the on-...

Jason Linkins

Headline Of The Day Takes Huge Chance With Hillary 2016 Prediction | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

Here's your 2016-related headline of the week, courtesy of MSNBC's "The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart": So, Hillary Clinton will make her campa...

Jason Linkins

Jim Webb's Old Novels Re-Emerge As 'Oppo' In Latest Sign That 2016 Will Be An Unrelenting Storm Of Garbage | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

The thing about any presidential election is that it could be an event in which sober and intelligent men and women stage a thoughtful and serious deb...

Jason Linkins

Maryland Lawmaker Thinks Journalists Need His 'Authorization' To Use His Name, 'Kirby Delauter' | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

Got a little story this morning about the Streisand Effect -- which, if you're unfamiliar with the term, is that thing where an inept attempt to censo...

Jason Linkins

Our Prediction For 2015 Is That Most Economic Predictions Will Suck | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

The American economy, bolstered by a run of decent employment numbers and a party-in-the-USA third-quarter GDP pop, is finally beginning to show signs...