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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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.

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...

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Goldman Sachs Gets Free Passes From The Press

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Things are really looking up for Goldman Sachs! Earnings are up and bonuses are booming. And let's not overlook the value of some underreported commodities that the financial firm is trading on -- free passes from the press!

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President Obama Did Use The Word 'Terrorism' At West Point, Despite What You May Have Heard

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It seems to me that if the aftermath of the Crotchfire Attack on NWA Flight 253 proved anything about Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), it's that hi...

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WaPo's Cohen Suggests That Nidal Hasan Investigation Needs More McCarthyism

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As facts continue to emerge about alleged Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan, reasonable people should be able to agree that serious questions need to be as...

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Media's Balloon Boy Coverage Filled With More Hot Air Than Actual Balloon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As details emerge, we learn more about how Richard Heene has a thing for hoaxes, which raises the specter that it was the media, not a six-year old child, that was taken for a ride. Not that it matters!

How Will Tiger Do? A Statistical Look at Returns From Scandals Past

David Roher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Roher

What can we learn about how Tiger will do upon his return from other athletes who have also returned from scandal-fueled absences?

Newsweek Ed's Poem Skewers Lou Dobbs

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

Lou Dobbs resigned from CNN on Wednesday night. Newsweek's longtime senior editor Jerry Adler published a poem in honor of the occasion entitled "Goodbye, Mr. Dobbs."

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MTSU Survey Documents Entrenching Of Falsehoods

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at the Atlantic, Marc Ambinder digs into a recent survey conducted by Middle Tennessee State University, which demonstrates the extent to which "...

Quarantined Conferences: Claustrophobic Technophiles or Attentive Audiences?

Mark Drapeau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Mark Drapeau

A bond of silence was at the core of the Audience Conference, and it goes against everything that technology and Web 2.0 events normally stand for: openness, transparency, and participation.

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Fort Hood Fear-Mongering, Enabled By Media, Breeds Strange Bedfellows

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday afternoon, Newsbusters plugged this story about ABC News's report via Brian Ross "that suspected Fort Hood shooter Nidal Halik Hasan tried t...

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The One-Way Ticket Myth And What It Reveals Of The Way We Talk About Terrorism

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Back in the early days of the reporting on the Christmas Crotchfire attack, I heard a lot of pundits glibly intone that fingering Umar Abdulmutallab a...

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Andrew Sullivan's McCaughey Mea Culpa Hints At Internal Struggle At The New Republic

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Speaking of Betsy McCaughey, her return to the spotlight has prompted a second round of mea culpas from The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan, who was the ed...

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Washington Post Profiles Neel Kashkari As Recession-Era Victim [UPDATED]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This weekend's Face Of The Recession is Goldman Sachs's own Kashkari, late of the U.S. Treasury's Office of Financial Stability, where he was in charge of the implementation, such as it was, of the TARP.

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New York Times Bent Over Backwards To Please Spitzer Flacks During Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hey kids! Remember that time when South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford disappeared off the face of the earth, leaving his perplexed staff behind to g...

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Celebrate Gitmo's Eighth Birthday With A McClatchy Read-In

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Gitmo celebrating another anniversary, it's a good time to revisit a fantastic McClatchy series, which addressed who the detainees were, and what happened in the prisons the Bush administration set up in Afghanistan and Cuba.

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Fox News Ignores White House Afghanistan Meeting To Obsess Over Czars

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Lawmakers met at the White House to have a discussion on the war in Afghanistan. But Fox News' Neil Cavuto chose to spend his time fearmongering about the White House's Special Master for Compensation.

Beyond Fallen Sports Idols: Let's Celebrate the Giving Life

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dan Siegel

Rather than dwelling on the shortcomings of our athletic heroes fed by the "build them up, tear them down" media culture, perhaps we should celebrate those stars who can inspire our children to also give of themselves to others.