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Jason Linkins

White House Press Corps Upset Over Lack Of Transparency At Executive Order Signing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The White House press corps is upset that Obama kept reporters from covering his signing of the Bart Stupak Mollification Executive Order Of 2010, instead opting to unceremoniously sign the order behind closed doors.

Jason Linkins

The Not-So-Brutal 'Meet The Press' Rand Paul Video Montage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I've read a number of accounts, touting this video as something that really stuck it to Rand Paul. Hey, guys, let's get a grip, okay? Meet The Press ran a perfectly anodyne video compilation of a series of already well-traveled news stories.

Jason Linkins

Elena Kagan's Fashion Choices Matter To The Washington Post For Some Reason [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The whole Elena Kagan mediagasm is really only just getting racheted up, and while I expect to see a ream of writing on the prospective Supreme Court ...

Our National Insanity is Not Covered by Health Care Reform

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Iraq isn't the past, but it's a forgotten war because there are no pictures of it. Has "Iraq" become just another term for forgetting our past and our present obligation?

Columbine and the End of Journalism: Part VIII, More Good Stuff

Jeff Kass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeff Kass

Another clear-headed review of the Columbine shootings on the ten-year mark came from Vincent Carroll, the former Rocky Mountain News editorial page editor.

Jason Linkins

NYT's Blumenthal Reporting Should Have Been Extensive And Independent

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Did the New York Times even try to properly source the edited video that they -- let's be politic and say, "obtained"? Hilariously, they just don't want to say!

Jason Linkins

The White House Press Corps Is Really Upset That Univision Got Called On Today

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, earlier today, President Barack Obama made a Rose Garden appearance with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, during which time he took a question f...

Jason Linkins

AP's Most Popular Online Content: Factchecking

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Having gently kicked in the teeth of the Associated Press today, I'll now say something nice about it. As the Washington Post's Greg Sargent points o...

Jason Linkins

This Day In Shoddy Political Media Narratives

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When it comes to shoddy political journalism, nothing beats those frozen moments when the media strives to half-bake their limp narratives ahead of an election result and end up revealing their biases.

Jason Linkins

Primary Night: A Great Night For Schadenfreude, A Bad Night For Media Narratives

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The first big primaries of the 2010 campaign season are in the books and if you're a fan of schadenfreude and watching well-heeled political titans hit the skids, it was a particularly sweet night.

Is There a Media Bias?

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Parvez Ahmed

Decrying the national media's silence as bias solidifies the misperception that the Muslim community is perpetually playing the victim card.

Jason Linkins

Iraq War Seventh Anniversary: 'We'll Know Better Next Time'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The amazing thing is, everyone who led the charge into Iraq really believes that they are going to walk away clean from this! Everyone actually believes that it is perfectly OK to have not learned a thing.

Chechnya: Moving Beyond Radical Islam to Historical Subtleties

Elise Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elise Crane

Nothing resonates more powerfully than a "good versus evil" story, which is precisely how the media has portrayed the Russo-Chechen conflict. This is dangerous reductionism that neglects crucial facts.

Jason Linkins

Health Care Opponents Demonize 'Deem And Pass' As The Media Gets It Wrong [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Another day in the health care reform debate brings with it another battle over parliamentary procedure, and another example of the media struggling t...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Gibbs, Cantor, Van Hollen, Rove! It's an embarrassment of riches on Fox, today. And John Roberts is still all knickers-twisted that Obama doesn't like the Citizens United ruling? Jeez. Thin skin in this town.

It's not about "He said, She said": Media misses the mark on Ben Roethlisberger

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Christian Avard

The recent sexual assault allegations brought forth against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has provided another teachable moment. ...

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S WOMEN: The Tale of Elena Kagan's Nomination

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelle Kraus

The tale of Elena Kagan's nomination to the highest court of this nation reveals the under belly of prejudice in this country against women. The very ...

Jason Linkins

Throwing Softballs: Interviews With Politicians Sacrifice Scrutiny For Access

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In political journalism, the only currency is access. Fail to obtain access, and you will lose all the big "gets" to your competitors. And to obtain a...

Media Decay And The Space Between (VIDEO)

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

What I'd rather do is to see life as joy and see the pain as existing in the space between. It is like seeing my recent discomfort as a chapter in the book, not the book itself.

Jason Linkins

Your Local News Is Terrible, Studies Show

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jay Rosen points his Twitter followers in the direction of a study done by the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California's Annenberg...

Jason Linkins

Hillary Clinton Should Stop Paying Money To Mark Penn

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, we laughed and laughed at Mark Penn's latest idiotic editorial, in which he imagined how "Cleggmania" would soon be sweeping across America...

Learning from Learning from YouTube

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Alexandra Juhasz

This post provides some context to understand the thinking behind and learning from my 2007 Media Studies course, Learning from YouTube, recently feat...

Jason Linkins

Kathleen Sebelius Went Soft On Insurers, Not That Anyone Noticed

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Kathleen Sebelius's meeting with health insurance executives was pre-sold as something of an epic clash, with the HHS Secretary striding into the lion's den to battle the largest interest group arrayed against health care reform and to offer them some stark choices. Funny thing, though! The battle didn't exactly play out as expected. Sebelius deviated dramatically from the prepared remarks blasted around to reporters -- and at one key moment, rather than firing shots, Sebelius buckled.

Jason Linkins

While Jon Kyl Assails The Unemployed, They Work Hard To Get Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this week, I examined a recent story on unemployment insurance, which assigned far too much credibility to some claims made by Senator Jon Kyl...

Conclusions Re Learning from YouTube

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Alexandra Juhasz

This post provides some context to understand the thinking behind and learning from my 2007 Media Studies course, Learning from YouTube, recently feat...