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Jason Linkins

President Obama Did Use The Word 'Terrorism' At West Point, Despite What You May Have Heard | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It seems to me that if the aftermath of the Crotchfire Attack on NWA Flight 253 proved anything about Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), it's that hi...

Newsweek Ed's Poem Skewers Lou Dobbs

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

Lou Dobbs resigned from CNN on Wednesday night. Newsweek's longtime senior editor Jerry Adler published a poem in honor of the occasion entitled "Goodbye, Mr. Dobbs."

Jason Linkins

Media's Balloon Boy Coverage Filled With More Hot Air Than Actual Balloon | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As details emerge, we learn more about how Richard Heene has a thing for hoaxes, which raises the specter that it was the media, not a six-year old child, that was taken for a ride. Not that it matters!

How Will Tiger Do? A Statistical Look at Returns From Scandals Past

David Roher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Roher

What can we learn about how Tiger will do upon his return from other athletes who have also returned from scandal-fueled absences?

Jason Linkins

Fort Hood Fear-Mongering, Enabled By Media, Breeds Strange Bedfellows | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday afternoon, Newsbusters plugged this story about ABC News's report via Brian Ross "that suspected Fort Hood shooter Nidal Halik Hasan tried t...

Jason Linkins

The One-Way Ticket Myth And What It Reveals Of The Way We Talk About Terrorism | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Back in the early days of the reporting on the Christmas Crotchfire attack, I heard a lot of pundits glibly intone that fingering Umar Abdulmutallab a...

Jason Linkins

MTSU Survey Documents Entrenching Of Falsehoods | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at the Atlantic, Marc Ambinder digs into a recent survey conducted by Middle Tennessee State University, which demonstrates the extent to which "...

Quarantined Conferences: Claustrophobic Technophiles or Attentive Audiences?

Mark Drapeau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Mark Drapeau

A bond of silence was at the core of the Audience Conference, and it goes against everything that technology and Web 2.0 events normally stand for: openness, transparency, and participation.

Jason Linkins

Celebrate Gitmo's Eighth Birthday With A McClatchy Read-In | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Gitmo celebrating another anniversary, it's a good time to revisit a fantastic McClatchy series, which addressed who the detainees were, and what happened in the prisons the Bush administration set up in Afghanistan and Cuba.

Jason Linkins

Andrew Sullivan's McCaughey Mea Culpa Hints At Internal Struggle At The New Republic | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Speaking of Betsy McCaughey, her return to the spotlight has prompted a second round of mea culpas from The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan, who was the ed...

Jason Linkins

Washington Post Profiles Neel Kashkari As Recession-Era Victim [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This weekend's Face Of The Recession is Goldman Sachs's own Kashkari, late of the U.S. Treasury's Office of Financial Stability, where he was in charge of the implementation, such as it was, of the TARP.

Jason Linkins

New York Times Bent Over Backwards To Please Spitzer Flacks During Scandal | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hey kids! Remember that time when South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford disappeared off the face of the earth, leaving his perplexed staff behind to g...

Jason Linkins

Stephanopoulos Concedes Not Pressing Giuliani On 9/11 Attack Was "Mistake" [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

UPDATE: Stephanopoulos posted this item on his "Bottom Line" blog: Through his spokesman, Rudy Giuliani has clarified the remarks he made this mornin...

Jason Linkins

Fox News Ignores White House Afghanistan Meeting To Obsess Over Czars | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Lawmakers met at the White House to have a discussion on the war in Afghanistan. But Fox News' Neil Cavuto chose to spend his time fearmongering about the White House's Special Master for Compensation.

Beyond Fallen Sports Idols: Let's Celebrate the Giving Life

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dan Siegel

Rather than dwelling on the shortcomings of our athletic heroes fed by the "build them up, tear them down" media culture, perhaps we should celebrate those stars who can inspire our children to also give of themselves to others.

Jason Linkins

Downfall Parody Injects Confusion, Offense Into Crist/Rubio Race | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I crossed paths today with a news report from CBS Channel 4 in South Florida that was headlined, "Video Portrays Charlie Crist As Hitler." Immediatel...

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...

Dan Froomkin

Why Journalists Shouldn't Be Defending Fox News | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration's recent characterization of Fox News is a long overdue acknowledgment of the obvious: Fox News is not a legitimate news orga...

Jason Linkins

Obama's Use Of 'Terror': Reporters Still Struggling To Use Internet To Verify Claims | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the last things I did in 2009 was to lament the awesome stupidity of a press corps that seemed unable to do even basic fact-checking, such as u...

Jason Linkins

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...

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...

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.

Jason Linkins

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...