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Jason Linkins

Primary Night: A Great Night For Schadenfreude, A Bad Night For Media Narratives

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Is There a Media Bias?

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Parvez Ahmed

Decrying the national media's silence as bias solidifies the misperception that the Muslim community is perpetually playing the victim card.

Jason Linkins

Iraq War Seventh Anniversary: 'We'll Know Better Next Time'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The amazing thing is, everyone who led the charge into Iraq really believes that they are going to walk away clean from this! Everyone actually believes that it is perfectly OK to have not learned a thing.

Chechnya: Moving Beyond Radical Islam to Historical Subtleties

Elise Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elise Crane

Nothing resonates more powerfully than a "good versus evil" story, which is precisely how the media has portrayed the Russo-Chechen conflict. This is dangerous reductionism that neglects crucial facts.

Jason Linkins

Health Care Opponents Demonize 'Deem And Pass' As The Media Gets It Wrong [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Another day in the health care reform debate brings with it another battle over parliamentary procedure, and another example of the media struggling t...

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Gibbs, Cantor, Van Hollen, Rove! It's an embarrassment of riches on Fox, today. And John Roberts is still all knickers-twisted that Obama doesn't like the Citizens United ruling? Jeez. Thin skin in this town.

It's not about "He said, She said": Media misses the mark on Ben Roethlisberger

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Christian Avard

The recent sexual assault allegations brought forth against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has provided another teachable moment. ...

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S WOMEN: The Tale of Elena Kagan's Nomination

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelle Kraus

The tale of Elena Kagan's nomination to the highest court of this nation reveals the under belly of prejudice in this country against women. The very ...

Jason Linkins

Throwing Softballs: Interviews With Politicians Sacrifice Scrutiny For Access

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In political journalism, the only currency is access. Fail to obtain access, and you will lose all the big "gets" to your competitors. And to obtain a...

Media Decay And The Space Between (VIDEO)

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

What I'd rather do is to see life as joy and see the pain as existing in the space between. It is like seeing my recent discomfort as a chapter in the book, not the book itself.

Jason Linkins

Your Local News Is Terrible, Studies Show

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jay Rosen points his Twitter followers in the direction of a study done by the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California's Annenberg...

Jason Linkins

Hillary Clinton Should Stop Paying Money To Mark Penn

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, we laughed and laughed at Mark Penn's latest idiotic editorial, in which he imagined how "Cleggmania" would soon be sweeping across America...

Learning from HuffPost College

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Alexandra Juhasz

Some of the lessons my students and I learned during our grueling education (it wasn't easy, even it it was funny) on and about YouTube concisely define the education one might get here.

Learning from Learning from YouTube

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Alexandra Juhasz

This post provides some context to understand the thinking behind and learning from my 2007 Media Studies course, Learning from YouTube, recently feat...

Jason Linkins

Kathleen Sebelius Went Soft On Insurers, Not That Anyone Noticed

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Kathleen Sebelius's meeting with health insurance executives was pre-sold as something of an epic clash, with the HHS Secretary striding into the lion's den to battle the largest interest group arrayed against health care reform and to offer them some stark choices. Funny thing, though! The battle didn't exactly play out as expected. Sebelius deviated dramatically from the prepared remarks blasted around to reporters -- and at one key moment, rather than firing shots, Sebelius buckled.

Jason Linkins

While Jon Kyl Assails The Unemployed, They Work Hard To Get Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this week, I examined a recent story on unemployment insurance, which assigned far too much credibility to some claims made by Senator Jon Kyl...

Conclusions Re Learning from YouTube

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Alexandra Juhasz

This post provides some context to understand the thinking behind and learning from my 2007 Media Studies course, Learning from YouTube, recently feat...

Jason Linkins

Donna Brazile: Let's Get Rid Of The Pundits!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post apparently asked various luminaries to name one thing the world should just get rid of (sadly, none said "jeggings") and Donna Bra...

Howard Stern Can Shove It, Gabby's Hot!

Laura Beck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Laura Beck

I love that Gabourey Sidibe is making America look at her. If every young woman had her confidence, we'd see a fraction of the body issues that plague us today.

Jason Linkins

Thiessen Alleges That Embattled DoJ Attorneys Are "Al-Qaeda Lawyers"

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Marc Thiessen's latest defamatory shot at American legal traditions begins with something of a thought exercise -- which I imagine is intended to not ...

Jason Linkins

Rahm Emanuel And David Axelrod Have Become The Sum Of All Media Crapulence

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

These two men will never stop feeding the Beast: not now, not ever! Welcome to Washington, DC. Everyone's right and nobody's sorry, that's the start and the end of the story.

Jason Linkins

Washington Post Pretends Complaints About Unemployment Insurance Are Credible

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Michael A. Fletcher and Dana Hedgpeth have a piece up on unemployment benefits in today's Washington Post that is a classic example of a piece that strives so hard to achieve balance that it actually sacrifices credibility.

Jason Linkins

New York Times Provides A History Of Budget Reconciliation, Finds It To Be Non-Controversial

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over the weekend, the New York Times published online a great infographic, documenting the history of budget reconciliation back to 1981. It definitely cuts through a lot of the bullroar we've heard lately.

Jason Linkins

Kent Conrad's Repeated Explanation Of Budget Reconciliation Not Good Enough For Mike Allen

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

No discussion of the media's ongoing battle to understand basic seventh-grade civics would be complete without enjoying Jonathan Chait's post in which...

Jason Linkins

It's Apparently Very Hard Being Rahm Emanuel

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Washington emerges from the icy grip of the Snowpocalypse and slides into spring, everyone's fancy has turned to thoughts of love. The Beltway medi...