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Jason Linkins

New York Times Provides The Ultimate Inside-The-Bubble Guide To Economic Crisis | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In a magazine piece previewed in the Times, Peter Baker drops thousands and thousands of words concerning the White House's effort to do something about the terrible economy. The piece sprawls on and on, but it never even attempts to move beyond insider sources who evince no knowledge whatsoever as to how actual Americans are living in the economy. The singular takeaway is that inside the bubble, everyone is doing pretty well in this economy. We'd send you a postcard, but who knows if you'll be in your home a week from now?

Amy Chua's Recipe for Disaster and the Externalized Cost of Book Sales

erin Khue Ninh | Posted 06.07.2011 | Books
erin Khue Ninh

Long after we have tired of responding to Chua's piece, it will still find its way to Asian parents like my own. Whatever we may believe of Chua now, the damage is done.

Jason Linkins

I'm Not Entirely Sure Politico Understands How Lobbying Works | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Apparently, the "health care industry's biggest trade groups" are "uncharacteristically neutral on the Republican effort to repeal the health care reform law"! Neutral? Surely we are straining the definition of that word.

My Thoughts on MLK Day: When Will News Media Stop Enabling Anti-Gay Activists?

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

CNN doesn't bring on a member of the Ku Klux Klan for expert commentary when talking about the status of Black people in America. So when will the media take similar action with anti-gay activists?

Don't Reward Mass Murderers With Mass Publicity

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harold Pollack

There are many ways to grace the cover of Time. You can found Microsoft. You can win the Nobel Prize. Or you can kill or wound nineteen people, including a judge, a congresswoman, and a nine-year-old child.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the National Conversation

Dori J. Maynard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dori J. Maynard

As journalists, we have a responsibility to help moderate this national dialogue. What we haven't had is the inclination to do so.

Media Mishandles HIV-Related Bill in Nebraska

Kellee Terrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kellee Terrell

A Nebraska State Senator has proposed a bill making the penalty for spitting on a police officer much more severe for HIV-infected persons. What's equally problematic is the media's mishandling of the issue.

Jason Linkins

Obama's Tucson Speech Fails To Accommodate Cable News's Attention Span: The Mediagasm | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

2011-01-14-h.jpgIf you were a member of the 24-hour cable teevee media, all that can be said about the Way We Mourn Now is that it was such an awful inconvenience!

Tucson Demonstrates It Is Time for Real Change

Aaron Harber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Harber

A new way to communicate? It is time for a change -- and while it needs to be led by both parties, the real responsibility lies with every individual...

Jason Linkins

Review Of Juan Williams Firing Complete: NPR To Undertake Ethics Review; Weiss Resigns, Schiller Denied Bonus | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In the end, this whole incident is more about NPR's discomfort with their contributors having actual thoughts than about some full-throated defense of the dignity of Muslim airplane passengers.

The "Say What" of the Week (Maybe of 2011)

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

Sometimes an illustrious talking head is able to break through the noise with either a Big Idea or a Big Takedown or a Big Something or Other to disti...

Jason Linkins

Anonymous Sources Tell Ed Henry That Something Might Happen At The White House At Some Point | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, here's what you need to know about the pending decision on who will fill the role of White House Chief of Staff for the Obama administration: the ...

Let Broadway's Spider Man Finish What It Started

Barbie Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Barbie Zelizer

We need to turn off the spotlight that has driven the moral panic over Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, long enough for them to do what they need to do without being watched, debated and criticized.

Jason Linkins

WaPo Editors Finally Realize The GOP Isn't Serious About The Debt | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

For the past year, the WaPo editors have been generically a-screech with worry over the deficits, and how the Obama administration needs to get serious about them. Well, today, they've finally realized that the alternative is not much better.

Jason Linkins

2010: The Year In Wall Street Whining To Politico About Their Hurt Feelings, Mostly Anonymously | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You know, the other day, when I remarked that Politico's story "another piece in a continuing series" of "Wall Street people whining," I wasn't kidding. A whole lot of times, actually.

Paid News, Treaties and the Indian Media: The Cause Is the Corporation

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

According to a report by the Press Council of India, the country's news media began declining in the 1980s, when the Times of India began running "advertorials." Editors were pressurized to forgo press ethics, and chase profitability.

Jason Linkins

Wall Street Execs Whine To Politico About Their Hurt Feelings | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Wall Street is sad, and its recent record-setting profits are no comfort. Should I begin by assuaging their fears? If we define "pro-business" as "a policy that would allow investments to be made in an actual physical business, spurring economic growth and jobs development," and not "policies that allow Wall Street to return to a regime of creating non-productive casino games based upon the amount of moneydust that can be leveraged from rubbing two ten-dollar bills together to create an ornate daisy-chain of swaps," then we are never going to issue a discouraging word!

Glenn Greenwald: Media That Enabled Iraq War Belittles WikiLeaks Release

Salon | Glenn Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What Burns did to Julian Assange is most certainly not a "standard journalistic endeavor" for The New York Times. If anyone doubts that, please show ...

Radia Tapes and the Indian Media: It's Time for Sensation Now

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

It's been a month since the first set of Radia tapes was published by Open and Outlook. All through, these two exemplary publications have maintained ...

Jason Linkins

And So Begins The Comeback Narrative | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Everyone loves a good storyline, but after an election day in which the GOP made decisive gains, your media storytellers found themselves down a narrative cul-de-sac at the very moment they needed to shift their focus toward the excitement and melodrama of the 2012 presidential campaign. What to do? Where to go? Well, those questions have all been answered now that the tax cut compromise package deal has been sealed. President Barack Obama's political comeback is underway! And he only had to break a campaign promise to be relevant again.

Jason Linkins

Fashion Critic Departs Washington Post, Which Is A Big Win For The Washington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the things we learned last year is that the Washington Post's winners of Pulitzer Prizes tend to have a very limited newsroom presence -- mainl...

Tips for the Media on How to Stop Screwing Up HIV/AIDS Coverage

Kellee Terrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kellee Terrell

I looked over 2010's media coverage of HIV/AIDS and came up with some important lessons that journalists should keep in mind for next year.

Jason Linkins

Politico Writer Whines About 'Class Warfare' That Top One Percent Decisively Won Years Ago | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

People who live outside the Beltway may not be aware of the fact that in Washington, DC, we have a local competition to see who can write the most sha...

Memo to the Media: They're Called "Obstructionists"

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

That sore-loser phrase doesn't seem to get much use these days. Yet watching Senate Republicans in essentially close down the chamber, I'm pretty sure that fits the working definition.

Jason Linkins

Richard Cohen Criticizes WikiLeaks, Lies About Michael Hastings | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post's most inexplicable contributor, Richard Cohen, today attempts to grapple with the phenomenon that is WikiLeaks. It's a mess! He...