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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 | 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...

ON THE MEDIA Fawns Over Sweatshop-Loving Kristof

Jeff Ballinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Ballinger

On the Media with Brooke Gladstone in the anchor chair is always a good deal more than a diversion while cleaning the garage or running weekend errand...

Jason Linkins

WaPo's Gene Weingarten On Fisticuff-Spawning Passions: "Hooray!" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten took the time at the end of his "Chatalogical Humor" chat yesterday to weigh in on the recent newsroom dust-up ...

Stenography 101: How the Press Let Palin and Cheney Rig the System

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Journalists have set aside what had been decades' worth of guidelines and embraced special new rules for how Cheney and Palin get treated. In a word, it's stenography.

Jason Linkins

DNC Understandably Upset At Politico Piece Linking Obama To Roman Polanski | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The DNC is up in arms at a brief piece in The Politico that linked Barack Obama to Roman Polanski through a scant $34,000 worth of donations that were...

Jason Linkins

Robert Gates On "Meet The Press": Beyond Tedious | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Apparently, I wasn't the only one in America who wanted to drive a hot steel spike into his brain watching "Meet The Press" host David Gregory intervi...

New York Times Recycles Debunked Gitmo Recidivism Story

Danielle Celena Belton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danielle Celena Belton

The New York Times is repeating a claim they made last May that Guantanamo Bay detainees are "rejoining the fight," based on a sketchy, leaked Pentagon source.

A Media Failure Compounds Our Financial Crisis

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Schechter

We know that Wall Street has not learned much from the crash it helped instigate. We know that our government, whatever its stated desire to clean up ...

Jason Linkins

Rupert Murdoch Comes Out For And Against Government Intervention In Journalism | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Rupert Murdoch brought a strong message for members of Congress: Don't even think about bailing out journalism with taxpayer money! And then, Murdoch delivered a whole bunch of other, decidedly mixed messages!

Jason Linkins

Valerie Jarrett Bungles Fox News Bias Question | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the things that's getting little discussion from Jon Stewart's penetrating take-down of Fox News yesterday night, is the way in which White Hou...

Jason Linkins

Politico's Cheney Coverage: Editor Defends Its Stenography | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If it were possible to, say, hog-tie John Harris with Wonder Woman's truth-compelling Golden Lasso, here's what he'd say about the Politico and Dick Cheney: they are in a co-dependent, enabling relationship.

Jason Linkins

Jon Meacham's Cheney 2012 Proposal: Pretending To Care About 'Adjudicating' The Bush Years | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

While I was enjoying life outside the Beltway for Thanksgiving, the entire world was captivated by Tiger Woods, a pair of reality-show fameball wannabes and a Jon Meacham column touting Dick Cheney as the GOP nominee for 2012.

30 Reasons Why Fox News Is Not Legit

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

For generations, there has been a sort of a gentleman's agreement about what constituted professional behavior among journalists. Fox News has walked away from all of that.

Jason Linkins

Rahm Emanuel 'Bedeviling' News Organizations With His Name | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard makes note of the curious way that news organizations choose to identify White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, whose v...

Jason Linkins

Comedians Mock WaPo Pundit Contest (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Remember about three weeks ago, how the Washington Post TOTALLY CHANGED THIS ONLINE PUNDIT GAME by announcing that they were going to have a bonkers c...

Jason Linkins

Fixing The Sunday Morning Shows: Readers Respond! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The inimitable Jay Rosen put forth a simple fix for the Sunday Morning politics shows -- "Fact check what your guests say on Sunday and run it online Wednesday." It's a simple, actionable idea.

Media Madness: Going Rogue Over Sarah Palin

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Guttman

Enough already on Palin and her new book! The national media is creating a best seller for the former GOP vice-presidential candidate by its harsh criticisms of her.

Jason Linkins

Internal WaPo Newsletter With Charles Pelton Interview Disappears From Web | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Apparently, WaPo editor Marcus Brauchli was lying "when he told the NYT that he didn't know the paper's controversial corporate-sponsored dinner parties would be off-the-record." And guess what else?

Jason Linkins

The Case Against Reporting Sarah Palin's Status Updates | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If reporters want to actually engage Sarah Palin in questioning, they should stop pretending her various posts to online social media -- to which no one in the world requires reporters to access or penetrate, anyway -- represents some sort of blockbuster, journalistic "get."

Jason Linkins

FLASHBACK -- Lou Dobbs's Past Bluster: "It's Killing The Left... That They Can't Force CNN To Fire Me" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Here's a reminder of how now-resigned-from-CNN Lou Dobbs used to bellow on and on about his various persecution complexes, and blustered that "It's just killing the left... that they can't force CNN to fire me."

Jason Linkins

CNN To Disclose Castellanos's Health Care Industry Ties | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A day after Media Matters revealed that Alex Castellanos' consulting firm is connected to the recent anti-health care reform advertising blitz from America's Health Insurance Plans, CNN has announced that they will disclose Castellanos' ties to the health care industry in future appearances.

The Year in Media Errors and Corrections 2009

Craig Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Silverman

Every year at this time, I collect the best of the worst in media errors and corrections. Here's a sample of 2009's offerings.

Jason Linkins

"Fox And Friends" Hosts Worry That Military Needs "Special Debriefings" For Muslims | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On this morning's Fox And Friends, hosts Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson were all a-whip with Salem Witch Trial panic over the thought that Nidal ...

Jason Linkins

Could A Blogger Have Gotten Away With Game Change? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Would someone with nothing more than their own online shingle be able to get away with what Halperin and Heilemann have done without facing a storm of criticism and excoriation?

Jason Linkins

Howard Kurtz Slams Letterman, Loses Perspective | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The prospect of a defense contractor being blackmailed is of much greater significance than a late-night teevee comedian. The two should not, in any way, be compared.