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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 ...

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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.

Jason Linkins

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 ...

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Last Night's Primary And The State Of Political Media Narratives | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Another primary night has come and gone. As always, it's time to check in on the media narratives that have ruled over the campaign season, to see how they fared in last night's tilts. As it turns out, it's sort of a mixed bag!

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So, About This Whole 'Blogger Payola' Thing... | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I'm not really sure how we go from a single bad apple, two anonymous sources, and a litany of perfectly banal new media practices to a scandal in which you have widespread blogger payola.

Public Yawns While Press Freaks out Over Mosque Story

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Is the Islamic center debate interesting, and does it carry with it some deeper political and cultural ramifications? Sure. And should it be covered? Absolutely. But a three-week running, front-page story? No way.

As the Debate Over "Ground Zero Mosque" Grows More Shrill, I Wonder: Isn't This What the Terrorists Wanted?

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

A mosque within sight of the former World Trade Center site, especially if it is dedicated to peace, would be a pointed punch in the face to those who bet on Americans' worst instincts.

Cable Loves Big White Families

John Riofrio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Riofrio

In a moment in global history of overpopulation, scarcity of resources, and general economic uncertainty, cable news shows celebrate and financially remunerate large, white families.

Jason Linkins

Aryn Baker, Time Magazine's Afghanistan Reporter, Failed To Disclose Conflict Of Interest: NY Observer [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Aryn Baker, the reporter who provided Time magazine with its attention-grabbing July 29 cover story on the war in Afghanistan had a significant, and previously undisclosed, conflict of interest.

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Thomas Frank's Parting Shot At Pundit Class: 'Nobody Has Changed The Water In The Fish Tank' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Thomas Frank, of What's The Matter With Kansas? fame, likens himself to Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater and puts just about every political institution on blast over his loudspeaker in his last column.

The Times Opts Out of the "Opt Out" Narrative

Joan Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joan Williams

Penalties for part-time work in the U.S. are artificially high. The flexibility stigma affects anyone, male or female, who is unable or unwilling to work in the employment pattern traditional of male breadwinners.

Boston Globe To CNN Critics: 'Back Off'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

CNN has been through some hard times lately. Now, though, the network is getting praise from the editorial page of the Boston Globe. The paper told ...

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David Broder Finally Notices The Right Has 'Radical' Views | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It took the weird debate over tweaking the Fourteenth Amendment to awake Broder to the "radical changes" bubbling up on the right, that are "freighted with emotional baggage?" Welcome to August of last year, Mr. Broder!