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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.

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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."

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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!

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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."

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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."

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Crammed Down The Throat: The Mediagasm (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last week, Josh Fruhlinger of Wonkette wrote: If you follow American politics and you have a soul, one of your least favorite phrases is some varia...

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Journalist At Center Of Bogus Laredo Ranch Story Accused of Plagiarism | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you spend enough time getting to know bloggers, you'll find that plenty of them have a story or two to tell about their uneasy relationship with tr...

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Charlie Brooker On Park51 Coverage: The Media Should 'Just Give Up Now' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Charlie Brooker seems to have ably availed himself of actual facts, probably because he broke with traditions and actually went looking for them, and decided to repeat them to readers, almost as if he doesn't want to insult their intelligence!

Progressive Media Bolstering Republican/Fox News Agenda

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Randy Shaw

Here's a thought. What if the progressive media stopped reporting on every silly idea promoted by Sarah Palin and used that time to report on positive actions by the federal government to help people.

What I Learned Covering Hurricane Katrina -- The Month Before It Hit

Adam Yamaguchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Adam Yamaguchi

Just before Hurricane Katrina hit, I went to Louisiana for Current TV. A fisherman I interviewed named Tom told me the levees were vulnerable, but the real danger was that a Category 5 hurricane could wipe everything out.

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Optimistic Talk On Gulf Spill, But Oil Remains A Problem | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Back in late July, after a summer of struggle, the underwater oil spill caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig was finally capped. And then, something wonderful and miraculous happened! The media started remarking that all of the millions of gallons of oil that poured into the Gulf of Mexico just disappeared! Raptured up into Oil Heaven, even! Except: not. But that's not stopped the administration from taking the line that the oil's disappearance is unalloyed good news, and that it's safe for the bon temps to roulez once more.

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David Broder Wants John McCain To Restore Balance To The GOP | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If there's one thing that "Dean Of The Washington Press Corps" David Broder is consistently riven with despair over, it's Congress' inability to manufacture his favorite product, cogent public policy delicious bipartisanship-sauce.

FIRST TIME ANYWHERE: Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner Speak Out Together

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Controversy broke out online over whether Franzen's star treatment was indicative of the literary establishment's alleged shoddy treatment of what is commonly referred to as 'women's fiction.'

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Julian Sanchez Explains How Your Nutlog Newscycle Sausage Gets Made | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at his eponymous blog, Julian Sanchez performs an essential service for all of us living in the Age Of The Ground Zero Terror Mosquerade, by outl...

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Newsweek's New Owner Sets Up Shop In D.C. Lunchroom | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hey, kids? Are you wondering how Newsweek's transition into the Sidney Harman era is going? Well, here's a hot scooplet for you: even as we speak, t...

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'Time For Adults': The Onion Mercilessly Spoofs Time Magazine | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

For a long time now, cagey media consumers have recognized that Time Magazine, with its listicle parties, its cover stories on "The Committee To Save ...