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Jason Linkins

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.

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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.

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WikiLeaks War Diary Prompts Bored Media To Finally Admit Afghanistan Is Not Going Well | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It really is a wonder that no one's talked about how bad the war is going until now. It's almost as if the press just naturally assumed the rest of us were as bored with the war as they were.

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Sherrod Scandal Is A Conservative Problem, Argue Brian Stelter And Greg Sargent | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In the wake of the Shirley Sherrod fiasco, the typical take-out from commentators in the media has been to say: "let's not forget that this is something that happens on both sides of the partisan divide." Stelter and Sargent don't agree.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...