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Hamster Balls to Inflatable Beavers: Experiments in Tackiness at the Closing Ceremonies

Elise Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Elise Crane

Russia's presentation of a new face echoes its Soviet past more than its leader may realize or admit. We got a taste of this as we said good-bye to Vancouver and hello to Sochi.

Jason Linkins

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

Today we will talk about health care reform for the 4,398th time in the past year on a Sunday because of the Health Care Summit where no one solved the problem but nobody killed each other either, so, win for America.

Jason Linkins

Health Care Summit Happily Brings Period Of Bipartisan Illusioneering To An End | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House needed to look open-minded, the Republicans needed to turn the recitation of talking points into a cathartic experience, and the overall presentation was a political theater.

Jason Linkins

The Real Bipartisan Lie | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You only need to read one paragraph of this Politico article, "The big bipartisan lie," before you recognize the lie, and it isn't what Politico think...

In Reply to Al Gore: We Need to Thaw Our Human Climate First

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carol Smaldino

The National Pubilc Radio Morning blog recently gave us more of the news to which we have gotten dangerously accustomed: Most Americans regard evidenc...

Jason Linkins

Why Is ABC News Nakedly Gay-Baiting In Their Napolitano Story? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ABC News has a story up today by Devin Dwyer about how Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is facing "tough questions" about "h...

Jason Linkins

The War On Budget Reconciliation, Part Deux | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The battle lines over the use of the budget reconciliation process have been drawn for a long time. Back in October, Republicans were referring to the...

Jason Linkins

Sally Quinn's Overshare Column Becomes Fodder For Workplace-Issues Live Chat | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last week, in a puzzling editorial decision, the Washington Post gave in-house social gadfly Sally Quinn the column space to overshare at length about...

Conservative Blogger Sides With Church of Scientology Over Real World

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barrett Brown

Daily Mail blogger Don Surber to the contrary, there are plenty of reasons for the St. Petersburg Times to be disinclined to cooperate with the Church of Scientology.

Jason Linkins

Rosen On NYT Tea Party Piece: 'A Faltering Sense Of Reality' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jay Rosen has a thoughtful post up at PressThink, which hasn't gotten nearly the amount of attention it deserves, so away we go! Rosen's topic is the...

Jason Linkins

Thiessen Appears On 'Morning Joe', Is Still Demonstrably Wrong About Everything | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here's your daily reminder that Marc Thiessen is basically wrong about everything and has a near-erotic attachment to the thought of people getting to...

America Triumphant: The Chilly Showdown

Elise Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Elise Crane

By attempting to extrapolate geopolitical complexities from the Winter Olympics, and perpetuating gross stereotypes of Russian barbarism, the media is misusing its sacred platform.

Postcards From the Edge (And by Edge, I Mean CPAC)

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Anyone who has followed The Conservative Political Action Conference over the years isn't surprised by the antics on display at its 2010 incarnation -- the crazy continues.

Jason Linkins

On The Coverage Of Bayh's Call For Filibuster Reform | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at the Plum Line, Greg Sargent raises a good question regarding the coverage and criticism of Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), who's quitting the Senate. Has...

Tiger's Troubles on TV

Roseanne Colletti | Posted 02.19.2010 | Media
Roseanne Colletti

We all have our opinions of Tiger Woods' reading his typed, 14-minute apology. I know I do, but I wanted to hear what a professional crisis manager had to say.

Jason Linkins

Abu Zubaydah Attorney On Thiessen Hire: It 'Really Angers Me' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The recent ascension of Marc Thiessen to the op-ed pages of the Washington Post can be properly seen as another step in the process of providing a pos...

Jason Linkins

Somehow, This Sally Quinn Column Is Happening In The Washington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What is happening in the Washington Post today? Is "Sally Quinn" and "massive personality disorder" trending on Google or something? Because there is a column, that is happening in our lives, dedicated to sorting out some sort of mix-up that happened with the weddings of various people, associated with the Family Quinn.

Jason Linkins

David Broder Fails To Correctly Place Blame For Bayh's Departure | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

David Broder comes to the pages of the Washington Post today, carrying a brief for Evan Bayh, and performing his usual operatic lament about the lack ...

Jason Linkins

Washington Post Hires Cheneyite Marc Thiessen | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.