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The MSM Doesnt Exist...Not Anymore

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tina Dupuy

The mainstream media gets denounced on cable news programs, corporate talk radio, best-selling books and behemoth blogs every day. This strangely does...

The State of the Nation: I am Afraid

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I have never seen a country more spiritually beaten down than the United States. We have lost our moral compass. A growing number of our young people now see no meaning or purpose in life.

Does Anyone at NBC Have a Grip?

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Conchita Sarnoff

Everyone understands and appreciates the need for comedy-it is part of being in show business. However there are limits. At stake is the reputation a...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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...