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Jason Linkins

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!

Jason Linkins

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.

Jason Linkins

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!

America's Defunct Political System

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

America no longer has a political system. In its place is a vaudeville of celebrity politics, bait-and-switch politics, spin politics. As citizens, we are lax and self-absorbed; our leaders prefer to keep things this way.

Jason Linkins

Final Deepwater Horizon Flow Rate Estimate Is Likely Too Low, Which Benefits BP | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Over the past few months, I've encouraged anyone with any interest at all in the amount of oil that gushed forth from the Deepwater Horizon well into ...

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Kevin Pezzi, Big Government's Bizarre Racial-Relations Expert, Is Quite The Sexpert | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at Andrew Breitbart Presents Big Government, someone named Dr. Kevin Pezzi has been offering up commentary on the recently-defamed USDA official ...

Right-Left Equivalency and the Inside-the-Beltway Stupidity of Howard Kurtz

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael J.W. Stickings

Media critic Howard Kurtz lamented "journalism as blood sport" guilty of "hyper-partisanship." Both sides are guilty, but the sensible middle that Kurtz celebrates is really the center-right. What a distortion.

Jason Linkins

Missing Gulf Coast Oil Appears To Be Welling Up Under Barrier Island Beaches (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Last week, BP managed to finally cap the Deepwater Horizon oil volcano and the media suddenly found itself in the grips of a baffling problem with obj...

If Only Journalism Could Be Franchised

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

Given recent events in the Arab World, I seriously doubt we will be seeing a Washington Post style "Top Secret Middle East" project coming out any time soon.

Is TV Oversimplifying Our Reality?

Jan Shepherd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jan Shepherd

I have been watching my own black and white thinking and the difficulty I often have in holding ambiguity for long. I started asking myself, " How did this happen?"

The Best of All Possible Americas

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Our free press has been so intimidated by right-wing pressure groups and their media enablers that the job of fact-finding has been replaced by the grotesque practice of "balancing" charges with countercharges.

Jason Linkins

Obama 'Overexposed' Again! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you've been unfortunate or needy enough to be aware of the ongoing relationship between the Obama administration and the political media, then you ...

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Jon Ralston, Nevada Political Journalist, Reveals How He Landed Sharron Angle Interview | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Due to a combination of factors -- the overwhelming interest in Nevada's Senate race and the unique way in which the Internet can close the distance b...

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Media's War Coverage: Pushing Pessimism To The Sidelines Yet Again | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When the media wants to defend their own terrible coverage of the war, they'll tell us that we should have known all along that they have been bearish on Afghanistan.

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Spill Media Response: Where's The Oil? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Seems like only a hundred or so days ago that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, causing a massive oil-spill volcano to belch millions of gallons...

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WikiLeaks Media Reaction: A Frenzy Of Frantic Yawning Over Nine-Year Long War (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

While this week's document dump from WikiLeaks on the war in Afghanistan may objectively contain no blockbuster -- game-changing disclosures in the form of any single document, it still manages to create something extraordinary: an extended period of time in which the media rushed to the cameras to insist that the big story is that there is no big story at all.

Jason Linkins

Chuck Todd: I'm Mad About Journolist... And Breitbart | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Chuck Todd has been "kept...up nights" by thoughts of Journolist -- and how it destroyed journalism because it allowed people who were liberal to have private discussions on the Internet about their liberal opinions.

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Washington Post Critics Now Yelling At Paper's Building (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

People have been warning us that the Washington Post has "the worst opinion section in America". But what can you do about it? Well, finally, one aggrieved member of the community is stepping up his complaints.