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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

Ten Things That Did Not Suck About The Media In 2009

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It's New Year's Eve, that time of year when you toss aside your better instincts and succumb to America's need for Contemplative Listicles that Explai...

Lighting Out For The South

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tracy L. Barnett

Over course of the next year, I will be traveling through Latin America, reporting on the important and innovative work of world-changers at the grassroots

Jason Linkins

Mark Halperin Really, Really Thinks His Anonymously Sourced Scoop Is Super Important!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It's been brought to my attention that yesterday, Halperin published a SUPER-DOOPER IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE SCOOPLET.

Going Rogue with Fact Checking

Janet Turley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Janet Turley

It's no surprise that Going Rogue has spun such a widespread reaction. Sarah Palin is a polarizing figure that rarely makes anyone indifferent to her....

Jason Linkins

CNN Taking Credit For "Balloon Boy" Scoop They Blew

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I can't help but notice that in its recent report on the "Balloon boy" incident of last week, which authorities are now treating as a staged hoax, CNN...

Jason Linkins

Mark Foley Slams Max Baucus, Compares Scandals: 'They Had Me Run Out Of Town'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This weekend's tempest in a teapot involved a now six-day-old video clip of Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) yelling at Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) abo...

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

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

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.

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

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...

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

Politico Finally Gets To The Bottom Of Listicles, With Listicle

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Listicles! Journalists love listicles the way the President loves playing basketball, without the ladies. We make them, I make them, Mark Halperin c...

Jason Linkins

Watch, As This Snarky Pool Report Outrages Precisely No One

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I think we can all agree that the business of pool report writing was just too super-serious to take chances!