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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!

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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."

Quran-Burning Coverage: The Hollowness of "Storytelling" as a Journalistic Value

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Spencer Critchley

In reality, Jones appears to be an obscure bigot with about 50 deluded followers. But in the media, Jones has become the world-famous protagonist of a parable of religious intolerance.

Jason Linkins

Top Democrat: 'A Journalistic Convention That Doesn't Really Make Sense' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Dave Weigel has a hilarious piece today describing the daily adventures of the shadowy figure in American politics known as "Top Democrat."

Jason Linkins

Scientists Find Oil On The Gulf's Seafloor, In Least Surprising News Of 2010 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

While America was preparing to burn Qurans for 9/11 Day, NPR went out and found the missing oil. Three guesses where they found it!

Jason Linkins

TNR's Marty Peretz Attempts 'Apology' For Column Bashing American Muslims | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

New Republic editor Marty Peretz added to his compendium of racist bilge in a column. Today, he offers up what purports to be an "apology."

Jason Linkins

MSNBC Deploys Jon Meacham To Warble Theology At Quran-Burning Pastor, For Some Reason | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It seems that while I was working on emptying all my chambers into cable news professionals for letting two-bit crank cult leader Terry Jones get so p...

Jason Linkins

Rahm Emanuel Wins Unscientific Poll | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Writing at Ben Smith's eponymous blog, Gabriel Beltrone takes note of an "off-the-cuff, and relatively unscientific" poll, conducted by We Ask America...

Jason Linkins

Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The story of how one lone idiot, pimping an 18th-century brand of community terrorism, held the media hostage and forced some of this nation's most powerful people to their knees to fitfully beg an end to his wackdoodlery is an extraordinary one.

Jason Linkins

Baltimore Sun's Use Of English Language Confuses Readership | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Columbia Journalism Review tips readers off to the incredibly true story of that time the Baltimore Sun used a word in a headline that completely perplexed its readership.

Jason Linkins

The Daley Show With Rahm Emanuel: The Mediagasm (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When Richard M. Daley announced that he will not be seeking reelection as mayor of Chicago, the reaction of your cable teevee news heads was as swift ...

Let's Pile on the President

Oghene Oyiborhoro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oghene Oyiborhoro

For Democrats Obama is like a straight A student who everyone in the classroom used to admire and have quickly grown annoyed with. For Republicans, Obama is the straight A student everyone always abhorred.

Whites in Shining Armor

Saundra Schimmelpfennig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saundra Schimmelpfennig

Our news coverage is so focused on Whites in Shining Armor that people are often surprised to learn that locally run charities are as common outside of the Western world as they are in your own home town.

Jason Linkins

AP Issues Standards Memo: 'Combat In Iraq Is Not Over' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

At some point in the last two weeks, you may have been told by someone in the news that combat operations in Iraq were over, and that the last combat ...

Jason Linkins

President Obama Has 'Few Options' In Commemorating 9/11... Really? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The White House has apparently not yet made public where President Obama will spend his day on September 11. But this absence of information is apparently no impediment to Politico writing a 16-paragraph story explaining why this is important because, as it turns out, the president has "few options." So. No matter what Obama chooses to do on September 11, people will be prepared to lose their minds completely over it, and the media will treat their ravings as "another interesting point of view on the issue."