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Jason Linkins

Evan Bayh Assails 'Left-Wing Blogs' For Criticizing Spending Freeze

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hyper-timid incrementalist Senator Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) gave his budget peacock legs a strut this past Sunday, accusing "far left-wing blogs" of criticizing the administration's proposed spending freeze.

America's Forgotten Colleges

Darrell West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Darrell West

Community colleges sit at the bottom of the social status list. In 2009, only 1.4% of all national news coverage dealt with education; of that, only 2.9% dealt with community colleges.

Jason Linkins

Bipartisanship Missing From Final Votes: Whose Fault Is That?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the weekend, NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd took to his Twitter account to say what The Plum Line's Greg Sargent characterizes as one o...

The Icon & the Idol

Andrei Bogolubov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrei Bogolubov

The glossy image of Tiger Woods on the cover of Vanity Fair clashes with grainy photos of a disheveled figure said to be Woods at a Mississippi rehab ...

Jason Linkins

Happy Sounding Economic Headlines Front Skeptical Economic News

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The New York Times website is carrying a headline today touting what would appear to be great economic news: "U.S. Economy Grew at Fastest Pace in 6 Y...

Jason Linkins

Politico Helpfully Proves Obama's Point About The Media

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Here's how Politico chose to capture the entire, wide-ranging discussion that the President and the House GOP had, in the email they frantically rushed out to my inbox this afternoon.

Jason Linkins

Hatch Threatens Partisan 'War' If Dems Attempt Reconciliation Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is any indication, the GOP plans on greeting any attempt to move health care fixes into law through the budget reconci...

Jason Linkins

SOTU: The Media's Malformed Narratives

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, how is our mainstream media doing at entrenching its narratives ahead of tonight's State Of The Union address? Comically well, it seems! Let's ta...

Jason Linkins

GOP Rebuttal: McDonnell Changes Optics, Plays It Safe

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The last time a Virginia governor was tasked with the rebuttal it was Tim Kaine, and the big takeaway was that the DNC was going to have to add a line item for eyebrow wrangling into their operational budget.

Jason Linkins

Comic Strip Artfully Dissects The Media's Obsession With Polls

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Tiny fluctuations in approval cause pundits to go batty. That's why I really like what the good people at PhD comics have done here.

The MSM Doesnt Exist...Not Anymore

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tina Dupuy

The mainstream media gets denounced on cable news programs, corporate talk radio, best-selling books and behemoth blogs every day. This strangely does...

Does Anyone at NBC Have a Grip?

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Conchita Sarnoff

Everyone understands and appreciates the need for comedy-it is part of being in show business. However there are limits. At stake is the reputation a...

The State of the Nation: I am Afraid

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I have never seen a country more spiritually beaten down than the United States. We have lost our moral compass. A growing number of our young people now see no meaning or purpose in life.

Jason Linkins

Media Struggles To Reconcile Dow Surge With Unemployment

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hey, kids! Did you get the funny feeling in the past 48 hours that the legal tender in your wallet felt a little more bald-eagley? There's a reason ...

Jason Linkins

Why Progressives Might Want To Kill The Health Care Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The fight for health care reform has this week been overtaken by the fight over the quality of the fighting, as the emerging point of debate becomes w...

Jason Linkins

Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sportswriter, Literally Eats His Own Words (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Tribune columnist -- the author of an "unflattering assessment of Bulls center Joakim Noah" -- eats his own words. Maybe Rick Reilly should consider what will wash down his predictions about the Broncos!

Jason Linkins

How Watching Cable News Induces Despair

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What could have possibly reduced Center For American Progress blogger Matt Yglesias to a state of "agitation," "despair," anger, and "helpless[ness]" ...

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

Don't tell me that nontroversy doesn't matter. With nearly as many Americans approving of Palin as Obama, nontroversy really, really matters.

Jason Linkins

Five Eliminated In WaPo's Important Pundit Contest

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post is searching for America's Next Top Cheaply-Bought Purveyor Of Online Opinion, and yesterday, the paper made its first round of cr...

The Media, Mark McGwire, and Chew

David Roher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Roher

The media performs a great disservice when it treats steroids as miracle drugs.When we link PEDs to McGwire, we link steroids to success that had very little to do with drugs. It's like featuring the Beatles as the center of an anti-pot campaign.

Enough With the David Letterman Hoopla Already!

Annie Stamell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Annie Stamell

Okay. Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, please! Enough with this David Letterman hoopla already! You know something? I DON'T CARE! I don't. In fac...

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Osborne

Nontroversy feeds on empty, twisted brains. In this case, a general unfamiliarity with the language of scientific banter allows the "climategate" nontroversy to overwhelm the consensus on global warming.

Jason Linkins

The State Of Your Post-Election Media Memes

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you missed out on last night's election, well, don't you know that you missed out on the most important off-off-year election in our lives? It's t...

Dan Froomkin

Fool Me Over and Over and Over Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Our elite media has been repeatedly suckered into trumpeting glaringly unsupported assertions about the number of Guantanamo detainees that have "retu...

Jason Linkins

Media Pimping Mythical Obama-McChrystal Rift

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Independent's Spencer Ackerman doesn't go for a whole lot of media scolding -- a point he reiterates today in a related blog post, sayi...