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Jason Linkins

JournoList Flap: A Ton Of Indictments In Search Of A Crime | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What seems clear to me is that JournoList, if it coordinated anything, coordinated good sense. It provided a place where people could have impulsive ideas and then police against the bad impulses

Miss Pearls: 'The Obama White House Is Too White'

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Taylor Marsh

Whether it's Dowd or others, now all of a sudden President Obama needs more black people around him because of the Shirley Sherrod screw up. Honest to God, people.

The Shirley Sherrod Story: Breitbart Plays the Media Card

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Have you seen this clip? Have you heard this sound bite? Take a look at this thing -- it's unbelievable! Except, of course, when everyone believes it.

Jason Linkins

Fox News' Shirley Sherrod Mediagasm (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When it came to rushing to judgment on the Shirley Sherrod affair, no one ran further afield than Fox News.

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Politico's 'Age Of Rage': More Evidence That It Still Hasn't Figured Out Journalism | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Let's recall: the rickety bandwagon that provides the peg for Politico's whole "Age Of Rage" item is Andrew Breitbart's calculatedly deceptive smear of Shirley Sherrod, which resulted in a massive rush-to-judgment orgasm from the media that sprinted ahead of common sense. John Harris and Jim VandeHei have essentially cast themselves in the role of Tiresias, and they are warning us today that if you do not want to see the coming Rage Age, tear out your eyes now! It's getting really weird to hear an organization that's cast itself as a "new-media" leader constantly admit that it doesn't understand the first thing about it.

Jason Linkins

Sarah Palin Lashes Out At Media, McCain Campaign And JournoList, Maybe | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sometime Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has heard about the JournoList! And she's not at all happy about it, according to "exclusive remarks" given to t...

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Richard Cohen Repeats Himself Yet Again: Who Is The Real Obama? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Steve Kornacki has a post up at War Room about a Richard Cohen op-ed that I missed out on reading, except that I didn't actually miss out on reading. ...

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Sherrod Scandal: Washington Post Finds It Impossible To Form Any Conclusions On The Incident | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Shirley Sherrod affair is one of those stories that has absolutely no ambiguity to it. Alex Pareene basically captures what happened in the subhed...

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Attacking Muslims Is In Vogue Again Among Conservatives [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Recently in the land of the demented, it's become ultra-voguish to hate Americans who are practitioners of Islam. Loud, angry, scare-bears have made ...

Kurtz: Rising GOP Pols Ducking The Press

Washington Post | Howard Kurtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Some of the most conservative and combative Republicans running for Congress are convinced that the media have it in for them. But these candidates...

Jason Linkins

Politico Finds 'Washington Elites' To Be Out Of Touch With America, Irony Alive And Well | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sometimes life throws something truly, delightfully ironic at you. Like, for example, today's Politico piece on the "reality gap." Brace yourselves, people: apparently Beltway elites are out of touch with the rest of America!

The Death of Truth: eMeg and the Politics of Lying

Phil Trounstine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Phil Trounstine

Meg Whitman's spending so far has enabled her, like no California candidate in history, to take advantage of the timeless dictum: "A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants."

Bloomberg News Refuses to Correct Blatantly False Drilling Ban Story

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Nelson

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the answer is no. On Thursday I documented a blatantly false Bloomberg news story designed to mislead readers ab...

Jason Linkins

What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate, About Communications | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.16.2010 | Media

As a general rule, I have little respect for political analysis that boils down the problems of elected officials as "communications problems." America's problem is not that Obama is doing a poor job "connecting" with voters on the economy. Why? Because if tomorrow, President Obama wakes up and suddenly does such a fantastic job "connecting" and "communicating" with voters on the economy, the structural problem of unemployment -- in which the unemployed struggle to connect with job openings -- will still exist. Magic words -- even awesome ones like "Accio, employment!" -- do not remove the underlying problem.

Jason Linkins

Politico's Anonymous Sources: A Lesson In Absurdity | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Here's your great achievement in the field of anonymous sourcing for the week of July 12th. It comes in a story in Politico today (the content of which is utterly irrelevant to your lives).

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CJR: Journalists Should Recognize That The Economy Is 'The Most Important Thing' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

To dovetail with this morning's big Politico story, let's browse over to CJR, where Greg Marx echoes a complaint of mine: that the piece glosses over ...

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Mississippi Public Broadcasting Drops 'Fresh Air', Citing 'Inappropriate Content' [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

[UPDATED, below.] ---------- If you happen to live in Mississippi and like to listen to the deeply non-controversial offerings of "Fresh Air" with T...

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Politico: Obama Loses By Winning? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you listen to Politico and its anonymous sources, you'll hear that the Obama presidency is a failure because it makes bloggers sad.

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Mort Zuckerman Clarifies Claim That He 'Helped Write' An Obama Speech | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Mort Zuckerman has become so inured to the belief that the world revolves around him, whenever he sees something in the world that he agrees with, he naturally assumes that he is the reason for its existence.

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Pentagon Issues Guidelines On Media Relations, SecDef Gates: 'The Press Is Not The Enemy' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Pentagon continues to profess that it's not going into a bunker mentality, as far as the press is concerned. They continue to take the lead from Defense Secretary Gates, who says he aims to be "straightforward and cooperative" with the media.

Jason Linkins

'Climategate' Debunking Gets Less Coverage Than Original Trumped-Up Scandal (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last year, the hacked emails of climate scientists from the University of East Anglia spawned what has hitherto become known as "Climategate -- a mini...

Jason Linkins

America Needs A Nancy Pelosi-John Boehner Debate Like It Needs A Gaping Head Wound | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

By all means, what the voters need right now is some sort of superfluous television event that will allow the media to indulge themselves in an orgiastic display of their worst instincts.

Maddow Described As MSNBC's 'Voice Of Reason'

MarketWatch | Jon Friedman, MarketWatch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Maddow, 37, is the voice of reason at MSNBC. Notable for their verbal brawn, the hosts of cable news shows often behave on air as if they're competing...

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hello, everyone reading the internet! Good morning. My name is Jason, and this is Mother's Day. And, in honor of Mother's Day, I am going to help a...

Clueless Mainstream Media Misses the Real Immigration Reform Story

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Fernando Espuelas

Aside from a few token Hispanic journalists sprinkled through the broadcast and cable networks like pepper on mashed potatoes, the country's largest minority group is basically invisible.