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Jason Linkins

David Broder Causes Confusion With Incomprehensible Health Care Column | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

David Broder is a Washington Post columnist who's often credited with being the "Dean Of The Washington Press Corps," which sound super fancy and impo...

Cartoon: The Balloon Goes ... Down

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

Climate change, health care, multiple wars, the economy, and we are treated to 24/7 coverage of ... this.

Jason Linkins

How To 'Fix' The Sunday Morning Shows | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jay Rosen, saints preserve him, has posted a "Simple Fix For The Messed Up Sunday Shows". Since Sunday morning is the time when I personally do penite...

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Right-Wing Talkers Obsessed With Rape | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the things that's obviously under-appreciated about right-wing radio and television is the way hosts wield this awesome variety of artful metap...

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Meghan McCain Is Mad At The Media, For Some Reason | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I naturally assumed that this Columbia graduate had intended her Twitpic as a clever and charmingly self-aware post-structuralist meditation on the nature of celebrity.

Jason Linkins

The Rational Case For 'Kill The Bill' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over the past week, the media has trained its myopic eye on those in the progressive community who, having seen that the health care reform plan emerg...

An Open Letter to Adam Lambert From the Gay Thought Police

Joe Vogel | Posted 07.05.2011 | Entertainment
Joe Vogel

I like you, Adam, I really do. That is why I freely offer these pearls of wisdom on how to celebrate, not dilute, the purity of your sexual identity.

Where's the Reporting On the Fraud That Led to the Economic Collapse?

Barry Sussman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barry Sussman

Economist James Galbraith says America's economic collapse "was the product of wide-scale criminal fraud" but that the press, instead of investigating it properly, has treated it as a 'boys will be boys" phenomenon.

Tiger Woods' Carbon Footprint

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

There should be a way to calculate how much a particular news story contributes to global warming through the amount of greenhouse gases utilized to cover it.

Jason Linkins

John Galligan, Hasan Defense Attorney, Target Of Wolf Blitzer's Shame Campaign | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It goes without saying that when the available facts accrue and weigh so heavily against a defendant, like the alleged Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan, o...

Nobel Obama, Noble Gandhi ... and These Ignoble Times

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vamsee Juluri

It may be true that President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for promise rather than achievement, but let us not forget that there is at least one point on which he has already proven himself -- civility.

Jason Linkins

"Dwell Time" For Troops Largely Ignored By Media | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I was a little surprised this Sunday when two interviews with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates failed to yield any serious questions on whether ...

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Chris Matthews Thinks Health Care Reform Is Being "Hung Up By The Left" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On this evening's edition of Hardball, Chris Matthews hosted Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, and the two men proceeded to have the...

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The Blackhearted Ethos Of Game Change | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Halperin and Heilemann's Game Change is a soulless and dishonest work. The two authors have basically allowed anyone willing to offer nasty hearsay, trash-talk, or score-settling to dump away.

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BREAKING: Politico, Drudge-Baiting And Pointlessly Mystifying The Political Process | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Much has already been said about Politico editor John F. Harris's recent idiotic "7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told" article. Matt Yglesias mak...

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WaPo Vet Involved In Newsroom Punch-Up Surprised By Attention | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, we got news of a newsroom dust-up at the Washington Post, where Henry Allen, veteran features editor, criticized a "charticle" for its lack...

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Peter Orszag Love Child: Not That Rare Despite Media Obsession | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at Double X, Kerry Howley makes a sensible point about Peter Orszag and "journalists' enduring attachment to the phrase 'love child'." I've yet ...

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Anonymous White House Sources Praise White House In Important Journalistic Scoop | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, Glenn Greenwald tore apart a piece of stenographic PR that ran in the Washington Post. Titled "Obama Team Says Zazi Case Illustrates Balan...

Fox 31 In Denver Promotes Rush-Like Scare Tactics

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

There's been the invidious thread in public discourse recently that, somehow, kid-glove treatment by liberals of minorities has literally led to murder and violence against whites.

Jason Linkins

Obama-Bush: A Tale Of Two Critiques | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, the editors of the New York Times penned some tough, smart criticism of the White House's many "recent reminders of this dismaying retreat ...

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Dana Milbank Attempts To Resurrect Viral Video Comedy Career (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

OMFG, Dana Milbank! Were you not paying attention to the year, 2009, which famously rose up with one clear voice to call for the immediate death of "M...

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Mark Halperin Really, Really Thinks His Anonymously Sourced Scoop Is Super Important! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It's been brought to my attention that yesterday, Halperin published a SUPER-DOOPER IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE SCOOPLET.

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Ten Things That Did Not Suck About The Media In 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It's New Year's Eve, that time of year when you toss aside your better instincts and succumb to America's need for Contemplative Listicles that Explai...

Lighting Out For The South

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tracy L. Barnett

Over course of the next year, I will be traveling through Latin America, reporting on the important and innovative work of world-changers at the grassroots

Jason Linkins

CNN Taking Credit For "Balloon Boy" Scoop They Blew | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I can't help but notice that in its recent report on the "Balloon boy" incident of last week, which authorities are now treating as a staged hoax, CNN...