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Maddow Described As MSNBC's 'Voice Of Reason'

MarketWatch | Jon Friedman, MarketWatch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Maddow, 37, is the voice of reason at MSNBC. Notable for their verbal brawn, the hosts of cable news shows often behave on air as if they're competing...

Jason Linkins

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

Hello, everyone reading the internet! Good morning. My name is Jason, and this is Mother's Day. And, in honor of Mother's Day, I am going to help a...

Clueless Mainstream Media Misses the Real Immigration Reform Story

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Fernando Espuelas

Aside from a few token Hispanic journalists sprinkled through the broadcast and cable networks like pepper on mashed potatoes, the country's largest minority group is basically invisible.

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CNN's Problems: Jay Rosen Offers Tips On How To Fix The Network | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

At the end of 2009, Jay Rosen offered the world his "Simple Fix for the Messed Up Sunday Shows." Now, Rosen is back with some suggestions for CNN. They should listen to him!

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Michael Hastings Still Attacked By Military Correspondents, For Not Following 'Formula' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Everyone can basically keep on doing what they've been doing, up to and including allowing people like Michael Hastings to beat them to stories I am supposed to believe should have been sat on!

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Shahzad And Taliban: New York Times Jumps The Gun | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

McClatchy Newpapers is reporting that "U.S. officials" are contending that there is "no credible evidence" that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Sh...

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UK Elections Inspire Witless Microtrends From Mark Penn | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Oh, Nick Clegg. I'm sorry, I'm so, so sorry. But you have become a Microtrend. It's not Clegg's fault, of course. The culprit is Burson-Marsteller...

Gossip and The New York Times

Peter A. Ubel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter A. Ubel

Is it too much to hope that the world's best reporters will stay focused on the big picture, without being distracted by the daily undulations of minor gossip?

How the Beltway Press (Not Rush Limbaugh) Launched "Obama's Katrina"

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

After going back and looking at the coverage of the politics of the oil spill, it's now clear that it was the Beltway press that hatched the bogus "Obama's Katrina" meme, and then served up on a platter to the appreciative Noise Machine.

Banksy v Welles

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexandra Juhasz

I liked Exit Through the Gift Shop well enough.

Words of Advice to Young People: The Case of Stephanie Grace

Khanh Ho | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Khanh Ho

Let's face it. We just don't have enough female high profile racists in this world. Frankly, I don't want to look at a fat, bald, chubby Glenn Beck or a prescription-pill-popping Rush Limbaugh.

Jason Linkins

Arizona Immigration Law Spawns Panicky Exaggerations | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There have been a number of items creeping into my RSS feed that seek to sound some sort of distant early warning that the immigration law, recently passed in Arizona, may soon be coming to a state legislature near you.

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NYT: We Stopped Calling Waterboarding 'Torture' Because The Bush Administration Didn't Approve | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, we made note of a new study from the Kennedy School of Government that found that America's major newspapers, after decades of reliably and...

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Politico's HHS Twitter Story: Blowing The Doors Off A Scandal | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you're wondering what the Politicoiest story of the day is, try this one on for size: "Administration site promotes vodka, P. Diddy."

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Once America Started Waterboarding, Major Newspapers Stopped Referring To It As Torture, Says Study | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you've ever had the funny feeling that the media has largely bent over backwards to normalize and legitimize the practice of waterboarding once the...

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WTFCNN Launched By Irate Visitor To CNN's Website | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The L.A. Times brings word of the launch of, a site created by a frequent visitor to who finally got too "frustrated by what headlines" appear on the website to continue without commenting in some way.

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Jamie McIntyre, Former Pentagon Correspondent, Backs Hastings And Admits A "Dirty Little Secret" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I'm beginning to see a way for everyone to co-exist in this media ecosystem! Beat reporters can inure their subjects into expecting fawning treatment from journalists, and then freelancers can come in and actually break big stories.

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Representative Moran Speaks Out Against Violence Directed At Census Workers (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, we noted that Census employees have endured a ridiculous number of threats to their person as they've conducted their duties this year. ...

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WaPo Pulitzer Criticism: Ombudsman Alexander Responds | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A few weeks ago, Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander took up the issue of whether the paper's Pulitzer haul "mattered," and concluded that the ...

Criticizing the Critics

Loraine Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Loraine Boyle

Yes, it can be amusing to be mean, and I did it more than once in my days as a critic. But it really doesn't show any respect for the artistic process.

Jason Linkins

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

Good morning my little springtime chick-a-dees. It is Sunday, and there's political gibbering on the teevee afoot. My name is Jason, and because I w...

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Jon Stewart Mocks Media Reaction To Michael Hastings' Ability To Do Actual Journalism (VIDEO) [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I've watched several news anchors slap themselves silly in stunned befuddlement over Rolling Stone's coup. I sort of wondered why the traditional media couldn't have done more, with all of their access!

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Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Editor Surprised It Became 'Story Of The Day' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I imagine that Rolling Stone now understands that the White House will respond very quickly the next time the commander in charge of our controversial war puts the entire operation in jeopardy over some ill-advised sass talk.

Columbine and the End of Journalism: Part VI, Bloggers

Jeff Kass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeff Kass

Many of those who blogged about Columbine on the ten-year may not have read up much on the murders.

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Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Mag Fails To Capitalize On Its Own Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier this morning, Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates took note of the dismissal of the civilian press aide who set up the interview between...