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Columbine and the End of Journalism... A Daily Blog Series, Part I.

Jeff Kass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeff Kass

Media coverage of the ten-year anniversary of Columbine was often uninformed and served to create new myths. Many reporters bought into a new myth that the killers were simply ordinary, popular teens.

Jason Linkins

Dems, GOP Accuse Each Other Of Fostering Bailouts, But Maybe Only One Side Is Right? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today, your legislators are hard at work crafting some form of financial reform legislation. ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports today that President Obam...

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True/Slant Cautions Writers Against Name-Calling | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

True/Slant is cracking down on name-calling -- or at least name-calling that's not sufficiently Proustian -- according to a memo sent out by editorial...

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David Gregory Is Really Excited About Meet The Press's New Furniture | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Is America ready to experience new furniture and the "ultramodern" feel of occasional standing? Because this is the exciting way that Meet The Press is "evolving."

Jason Linkins

Obama Ditches White House Press Corps | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

President Barack Obama dealt the White House Press Corps another terrible slight this past weekend when he just up and left the White House without taking the press pool with him.

Jason Linkins

Shirtless Beer-Drinking White House Staffers Become Politico 'Big Picture' Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Of all the stories that Politico ran today, this one, entitled "Are Obama staffers overexposed?" is, without a doubt, the Politicoiest! Now, you mi...

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America's Reporters Touch Some Oil: The Mediagasm | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Anytime there is some massive, unfolding disaster in the world, you can usually count on America's reporters getting dressed down and venturing forth ...

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Media Debates The Merits Of Celebrating The Confederacy [VIDEO] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I think Civil War History is important, and tourists continue to flock to places like Gettysburg to experience this chapter of American History. But ...

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Terrorism Against Jacksonville, Florida Islamic Community Goes Under-Reported | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hhave you heard about all the terrorist attacks that have been going on down in the Jacksonville, Florida region? Probably not, because the would-be victims of these attacks have been members of Florida's Islamic community.

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Primary Results: So Much For That Anti-Incumbent Rage! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Another primary day has come and gone and, once again, the big loser is one of your generic media narratives. On Tuesday, we braced ourselves for another terrible example of anti-incumbent rage that's said to be swelling so strong throughout the country that only the vast majority of incumbents are expected to keep their jobs in November.

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Media vs. Money: What Is The Biggest Problem In Politics? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Andy Barr at Politico makes note of a Rasmussen poll that asked whether "media bias" or "the money that flows into campaigns" is a "bigger problem in ...

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Der Spiegel Has Five Times As Many Factcheckers As The New Yorker | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

With the need to rebut Newt Gingrich's falsehoods on the rise, and with "This Week" making headlines for soliciting the assistance of Politifact as a ...

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Primary Day: Brace Yourselves For All The Anti-Incumbent Rage! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

People! It's primary day today. Have you been able to get from place to place this afternoon without stepping in a sticky puddle of anti-incumbent rag...

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Ed Henry's Tweets: More Outraged Over Helen Thomas Than Oil Spill | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Have you been making the most of your media experience by following CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry on Twitter? This isn't something that I ev...

It's Time for the Media to Integrate the Race Beat

Dori J. Maynard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dori J. Maynard

Whatever the initial rationale behind "mainstream media" leaving white people out of the race beat, recent events argue that it's time to reexamine that decision.

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Gorilla-Costume-Clad Neighbor Creates Today's Great Moment In Photojournalism | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

You might not normally be interested in a local news story from the New Hampshire Union-Leader about a beach house that "was gutted this morning after...

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Slate Writers Help Readers Demystify The Political Press | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I'm loving this piece from Chris Beam in Slate entitled "The Only Politics Article You'll Ever Have To Read." It's a rather brilliant and hilarious plumbing of the puddle-deep political tropes that the political media reflexively dials up.

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Financial Reporting And The Perils Of 'Cognitive Capture' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It's too much to demand "crystal ball" clarity from the media. But to impose a better psychic metaphor, it's not impossible to do a better job reporting out the position of the tea leaves at the bottom of the cup.

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David Brooks Presents Genuinely Weird Income Statistic | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

So, Joel Kotkin wrote a book called "The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050", and David Brooks read it, and got so optimistic that today he has a c...

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WaPo's Pearlstein On What's Wrong With Financial Coverage | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Pearlstein gave a melodramatic, fist-pounding rant about how the press should concentrate on doing data-driven "dot connecting," rather than ground-level reporting on how the financial crisis affected Main Street types.

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Arizona Elementary School Will Whiten The Faces Of Its Own Students On A Mural Because Some Racists Yelled At It [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This is just the worst story in the world. We're talking about a group of adults who have decided to send a stirring message to their students and the world: when a bunch of mentally deranged adults threaten a bunch of children, the best thing to do is to accede to their psychotic, racist "demands." Seriously, educators of Prescott, Arizona, when some creep demands you whiten the faces of your own students on a mural, the correct response is to say, "No, we will not be doing anything of the sort."

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Rosy Top-Line Masks Utterly Dismal Employment Numbers | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If your entire exposure to the recently-released jobs report has come in the form of breaking news alerts to your inbox, you may be only aware of the ...

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

Good morning and happy Easter and happy Passover and welcome to your Sunday morning liveblog of the images that flicker and bob inside your teevee box...

The Debacle of Fox News With Greta and Her Interview With Governor Brewer

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelle Kraus

Governor Jan Brewer was just on Fox News live with sweet Greta questioning the legitimacy of the meeting she just came from in the Oval Office. Greta ...

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Obama's Oil Spill Response: Do Americans Want Him To Show More Emotion? No, They Do Not | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Unless you're comatose or have found another pleasant way of avoiding the subject, you're probably aware that for the past week or so the political media has been blissing out to a pointless discussion of whether or not President Barack Obama has shown sufficient emotion over the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Is it possible to know what actual humans think about the notion that the oil spill needs to be confronted with lots of feelings?