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Was too! Reply to Kilkenny over media coverage of health reform

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harold Pollack

Health reform is a complicated 2500 page bill. I wish Americans understood it better. They understand more than they used to, because hundreds of people in the media did their jobs well. Attention should be paid.

Jason Linkins

Vanity Fair Profiles The Frantic Existence of Sally Quinn | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sally Quinn, American journalist, was for a long while best known for her Washington Post column, "The Party." From that perch, she offered Washingto...

Jason Linkins

Media Drills Vapidity On Drilling Into Our Faces (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Obama came straight out of the blue this week with a decision to start up some crazy new offshore drilling campaign. It's an opportunity to ask some pretty substantive questions. Unfortunately, the media all had much better things to talk about.

Lady Professor Sings the Blues

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexandra Juhasz

My last post skirted the issue, saying I was "too busy" to perform my professorial labors properly: the hard work of "unpacking" lady Gaga. Ha. I'd ac...

Jason Linkins

Don Imus, Chris Wallace Discuss Cokie Roberts's Criticisms | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, I made note of this segment on NPR, in which ABC News contributor Cokie Roberts, while discussing the way female politicians never find the...

Divide And Conquer Will No Longer Work

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Often the criticism that has been laid by some members of the black community at the feet of other members of the black community who have openly crit...

Jason Linkins

Cokie Roberts Assails Chris Wallace For Palin 'Lap' Joke: 'Appalling' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Cokie Roberts took to the airwaves today, joining in a terrific segment about the way female politicians seem to be able to exert some degree of self-control and do their jobs without getting enmeshed in crazy, news-making sex scandals.

A (Neglected) Duty to Inform

Elise Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Elise Crane

By failing to provide coverage of global events, is the media actively promoting decreased attention to the world around us?

News You Can Trust? The Best Reporting In NYC

Huffington Post | Adam Clark Estes | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Last July, the Huffington Post teamed up with Newstrust, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization devoted towards rating news quality, in order to tes...

Jason Linkins

Rumors Of Health Care Reform's Entrenched Unpopularity Have Been Greatly Exaggerated | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The entrenched political wisdom on health care reform continues to consist of standard-issue declamations of its lack of popularity --- despite pockets of evidence that suggest the measure isn't.

Jason Linkins

Washington Post: Taxpayer Bailout Profits From Citi Are A 'King's Ransom' [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The federal government bailed out Citigroup with taxpayer money. In return, they got common stock. The value of that stock went up. And so: profit! This isn't some net negative for Citigroup -- this is how these transactions work!

Jason Linkins

Glenn Beck Attacks President's Daughter -- Days After Insisting That Families Of Public Figures Should Not Be Attacked (AUDIO) [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Call me crazy, but I'm beginning to think that Fox News infotainer Glenn Beck's principles lack some internal moral consistency.

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Oh, hello, good morning and welcome to this, you Sunday Morning recap of images that flicker on our teevees every Sunday, about politics. I have litt...

Jason Linkins

New York Post Gives 'Dancing With The Stars' Article Two Very Different Headlines | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media


Jason Linkins

Washington Post Calls For End To Political Mayhem, But Gets Tripped Up Striving For 'Balance' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post editors have a well-meaning editorial up today, condemning the recent acts of vandalism and violence, but their striving for "on-the-one-hand/on-the-other-hand" balance gets a little strained.

Jason Linkins

White House Press Corps Upset Over Lack Of Transparency At Executive Order Signing | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The White House press corps is upset that Obama kept reporters from covering his signing of the Bart Stupak Mollification Executive Order Of 2010, instead opting to unceremoniously sign the order behind closed doors.

Jason Linkins

The Not-So-Brutal 'Meet The Press' Rand Paul Video Montage | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I've read a number of accounts, touting this video as something that really stuck it to Rand Paul. Hey, guys, let's get a grip, okay? Meet The Press ran a perfectly anodyne video compilation of a series of already well-traveled news stories.

Jason Linkins

Elena Kagan's Fashion Choices Matter To The Washington Post For Some Reason [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The whole Elena Kagan mediagasm is really only just getting racheted up, and while I expect to see a ream of writing on the prospective Supreme Court ...

Our National Insanity is Not Covered by Health Care Reform

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Iraq isn't the past, but it's a forgotten war because there are no pictures of it. Has "Iraq" become just another term for forgetting our past and our present obligation?

Columbine and the End of Journalism: Part VIII, More Good Stuff

Jeff Kass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeff Kass

Another clear-headed review of the Columbine shootings on the ten-year mark came from Vincent Carroll, the former Rocky Mountain News editorial page editor.

Jason Linkins

NYT's Blumenthal Reporting Should Have Been Extensive And Independent | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Did the New York Times even try to properly source the edited video that they -- let's be politic and say, "obtained"? Hilariously, they just don't want to say!

Jason Linkins

The White House Press Corps Is Really Upset That Univision Got Called On Today | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, earlier today, President Barack Obama made a Rose Garden appearance with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, during which time he took a question f...

Jason Linkins

AP's Most Popular Online Content: Factchecking | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Having gently kicked in the teeth of the Associated Press today, I'll now say something nice about it. As the Washington Post's Greg Sargent points o...

Jason Linkins

This Day In Shoddy Political Media Narratives | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When it comes to shoddy political journalism, nothing beats those frozen moments when the media strives to half-bake their limp narratives ahead of an election result and end up revealing their biases.

Jason Linkins

Primary Night: A Great Night For Schadenfreude, A Bad Night For Media Narratives | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The first big primaries of the 2010 campaign season are in the books and if you're a fan of schadenfreude and watching well-heeled political titans hit the skids, it was a particularly sweet night.