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Jason Linkins

White House Press Corps Is Once Again In Need Of Your Pity

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It's hard for me to muster up even a whit of sympathy for the forever-beleaguered White House Press Corps. Yet they persist, in a self-made glass case of emotion, to bitch about how difficult their jobs are.

Jason Linkins

Jeff Sessions Warns That Following The Rule Of Law Will Result In 'Dire Consequences'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you want just one taste of the essential stupidity of the politicization of the Abdulmutallab investigation, you need only look at today's Washingt...

Jason Linkins

Reality Lends Credit To Abdulmutallab Interrogation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Thanks to an outbreak of reported-on reality, a beloved War On Terror talking point -- that the FBI's by-the-books interrogation of Umar Farouq Abdulm...

Jason Linkins

Why Should Details Of Patrick Murphy's Personal Life Matter In The DADT Debate?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

While I was rooting around yesterday, examining the coverage of this week's hearings on Don't Ask Don't Tell, I happened upon this piece in the Wall S...

Jason Linkins

Fox News Shuns Obama Q&A, MSNBC Gets Snitty When He Encourages Senators To Turn Off TV

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

President Obama this morning took his 2010 Question-And-Answer Tour to the Senate Democratic Caucus, a few days after his foray to the House GOP Retre...

Jason Linkins

Reuters Pulls Widely-Drudged, Vastly False Story On 'Backdoor Tax Increases'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lest this episode be portrayed as a White House pressuring a news organization to withdraw a story they didn't like, it should be pointed out that Reuters did in fact, get the story wrong -- as in: the entire premise of the story was horse manure.

Jason Linkins

FY 2011 Budget Proposal Sends WaPo Into A Blind Panic

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Your Washington Post editors looked at the FY 2011 budget and predictably responded with panicky wailing and seemingly self-contradictory demands for ...

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

Dueling Palin Reviews Equals Zero For Readers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I don't really see much point to newspapers running dueling reviews of a single book -- it's sort of feckless, isn't it? Well, shucks! if you didn't ...

Jason Linkins

An Artist's Rendering Of The Balloon Boy Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you happened to miss the whole story of Falcon Heene and the Runaway Wife Swap Zeppelin yesterday and don't have the time to run through my whole, ...

Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing

Amie Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amie Newman

Elson has been working with pregnant women for many years; her answers to my questions and her perspective seem wonderfully balanced, rooted in a concern for what is best for women.

Jason Linkins

'Game Change' Holds Out Women For Particular Contempt

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I'll just note with sadness that maybe the political press is just better suited to grappling with gossip than with complex issues that affect the lives of millions of Americans.

Jason Linkins

Pardon The Interruption: CNN Drops Afghanistan Discussion For Serious Breaking News Of Rush Limbaugh's Efforts To Own Some Football Team In St. Louis

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, it's half past six or so on a Wednesday evening and I am watching that evening's edition of CNN's Wolf Blitzer and the Chamber of Situations, wher...