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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.

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

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...

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.

Jason Linkins

How The Citizens United Ruling Can Save Print Journalism | 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 | 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 | 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...

Jason Linkins

Jeff Sessions Warns That Following The Rule Of Law Will Result In 'Dire Consequences' | 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...

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Reuters Pulls Widely-Drudged, Vastly False Story On 'Backdoor Tax Increases' | 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? | 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...

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Fox News Shuns Obama Q&A, MSNBC Gets Snitty When He Encourages Senators To Turn Off TV | 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...

Jason Linkins

FY 2011 Budget Proposal Sends WaPo Into A Blind Panic | 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 ...

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Bipartisanship Missing From Final Votes: Whose Fault Is That? | 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 | 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.

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.