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Jason Linkins

Washington Post Hires Cheneyite Marc Thiessen

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Marc Thiessen said in Foreign Policy that Obama was putting national security at risk by killing too many terrorists, leaving precious few available for torture. Time to hire him to write crap op-eds for the Washington Post!

Jason Linkins

Reporter Sacked For His Insistence On Objectivity, Existence Of Reality

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jonathan Springston was fired because of an apparent insistence on fact-based reporting. That this was the reason is troubling. That his editor, Matthew Cardinale, copped to it, is insane.

Jason Linkins

Fox News Is Serious About This Whole Obama Pronoun-Counting Thing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox News is counting the number of times President Obama uses the word "I" in speeches? Yes, this is a real journalism thing that Fox is spending Rupert Murdoch's money on.

Jason Linkins

Steve Capus Instructs NBC News To Stop Showing Video Of Luger's Deadly Run

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

TVNewser's Chris Ariens is reporting that Steve Capus, president of NBC News, has handed down a directive that the graphic video of Georgian luger Nod...

Jason Linkins

Dick Cheney On ABC's "This Week": What He Should Be Asked

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Musing on the GOP's recent efforts to provide unhinged fearmongering in the War on Terror, Spencer Ackerman took a look at the players in the game and...

Missing in Vancouver

Morton Goldfein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Morton Goldfein

No one loved Canada more than Peter Jennings. No one would have been prouder to have been in that building.

The Vancouver Games: Will the Media Get It Right?

Frances McInnis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Frances McInnis

For most of the next three weeks, I'll be on my couch and watching and blogging about how Vancouver is portrayed to the American public.

Jason Linkins

How The Citizens United Ruling Can Save Print Journalism

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What if all the corporations, which are now enabled to dump obscene amounts of corporate cash on issue advertising, could be somehow induced to spend that money exclusively on newspaper ads?

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

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...

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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

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...

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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

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

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 ...

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...

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.

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

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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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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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

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.