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Jason Linkins

Clinton 2016 Coverage Is A Wild Ride On The Signal-To-Noise Rollercoaster

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

Longtime Eat The Press readers know that our official position on 2016 speculatin' in the year 2014 is that we'd love it if there was far, far less of...

Jason Linkins

Elite Beltway Consensus Is A Looming Danger For America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

It's not often that I have the opportunity to read something sensible about deficit mania and the terrors that have followed in its wake, but when I d...

OutWeek: How Queers Started a Revolution in Journalism 25 Years Ago

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Twenty-five years ago this month a revolution in journalism was born in New York. It was called OutWeek magazine, and though it only lasted two years and may not be well-known today, it had a major impact on journalism and certainly how queer issues would be covered.

Jason Linkins

True Chyrons For Bush-Era Iraq War 'Experts'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

As Michael Calderone noted earlier this week, one of the more astounding things that has happened in the wake of the sectarian deterioration and renew...

Jason Linkins

Clinton Looks A Little Rusty On Her 'Hard Choices,' Avoidable Errors Tour

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

Hillary Clinton has a book out. It's called Hard Choices. It's about hard choices. Lots and lots of hard choices. I did not read this book. Easy choic...

Fat Studies: Bodies, Culture, Health

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Fabio Parasecoli

Enjoying total mastery over the body and its appearance is a powerful fantasy that can influence the way we manage ourselves on a daily basis, with health as our primary goal and often with looks as a secondary but not so irrelevant objective.

Advocacy and Making Policy Personal

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 08.10.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Public affairs experts would argue that advocacy work is much more effective when there is a personal story attached to an issue. A first person account makes policy personal, and puts a face on issues that may otherwise be debated in the abstract.

Jason Linkins

Maureen Dowd Eats Some Pot Candy, Succumbs To Reefer Madness

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

Dig, if you will, a picture: You're alone, in an unfamiliar place. In your possession, you have something that -- according to what you've heard -- a ...

Jason Linkins

'Let's Have Some Random Doctors Guess Chris Christie's Weight!' Said Someone At Politico, Apparently

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

Chris Christie's year has been more than a little bit tough, what with "Bridgegate" and its attendant melodramas. But one thing he's got going for him...

If It Bleeds, It Leads

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

We must help the media break its cycle of moving from crime to crime without exploring the aftermath.

Jason Linkins

The President Isn't Green Lantern. So What Is He Then?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

Over at Vox this week, Ezra Klein offers up the latest critique of the "Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency." He's not the first to have done so, a...

Jason Linkins

Dems Still Trying To Dial In Exact Right Amount Of President For Midterms

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Back in February, it was reported that if there was one thing that Democrats contending in the 2014 midterm elections wanted President Barack Obama to...

India v. Hinduphobia: What Narendra Modi's Election as Prime Minister Really Means

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Narendra Modi's victory needs to be understood beyond the two commonly heard positions we have heard these past few months leading up to the election.

Jason Linkins

Harvard Study Suggests Health Insurance Saves Lives. The Hill Wonders If That's A Good Thing.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have conducted a study of Massachusetts' Commonwealth Care program, and they've found something ver...

How a 47.1 Percent Increase in Homicides Becomes 2

Kyle Hillman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Chicago homicides spiked by 47.1 percent over April 2013, shootings up 65 percent, but if you opened up the news today you will likely see none of that. Instead the city awakened to yet another "not so bad" article about how crime is really down.

Fighting Against the Media's War on Body Positivity

Literally, Darling | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

To deviate from the standard of beauty that is celebrated by the media is not rebellion, it is nature -- but to accept and embrace our own natural individuality has been deemed nothing less than a thought crime

What Was Felix Salmon Thinking?

Nathan Robinson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Media
Nathan Robinson

I've tried every explanation out in trying to figure out what Salmon is thinking and none of them make sense, except that he's either ten steps ahead of us, has been abducted and replaced, or has joined a cult.

The Emotional Impact Of Journalism, From Jill Abramson (VIDEO)

Posted 04.24.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked if she’s ever held back or killed a story because of the potential emotional damage it might cause its subject, Executive Editor of The N...

Jason Linkins

Here Is Why You're Not Making It In America: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

Is the United States a strong nation? There's a notion that it is, of course -- based mainly on the disruptive philosophical underpinnings upon which this country was established. But these are all really the fumes of nostalgia. What else is there? Well, we have the best fleet of aerial drone death-dealers in the world (for now). Certainly our fast-food accomplishments are second to none. And our Reality Teevee Industry remains one of the more successful and innovative welfare programs in the world, lifting individuals with no evident utility to the human race -- and who would quite likely be pushed into ditches to die in lesser nations -- into the warm embrace of the Fame Economy.

Jason Linkins

Brandeis University's Decision To Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Appearance Has Done Liberals No Favors

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Yesterday, it suddenly became very important to focus our attention on the upcoming commencement ceremony at Brandeis University -- which is ordinaril...

What Is Happening to Language?

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 06.08.2014 | Media
SidneyAnne Stone

I have been trying to avoid writing this piece for fear that I will sound like a grumpy old lady which, by the way, I am not. Even as I hear myself discuss this issue I remind myself of my high school English teacher, who was a miserable little thing in case you were wondering, yet I still feel compelled to introduce the topic.

Jason Linkins

Dear America, 'Meet The Press' Wants To Meet You: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

For years and years, anyone who tuned in to America's Sunday morning political chat shows was invited into a world of cloistered elites whose understanding of the impacts of public policy ended at the bank of the Potomac River. It was a realm in which a massive unemployment crisis that swept across post-crash America was only perceived to affect a group of affluent political celebrities and their electoral hopes. 'Will the terrible Senator What's-His-Nuts lose his ability to go on naming post offices after his cronies' children, or will he be forced to accept six-figure salaries on K Street or through meaningless board positions at useless foundations?'

Jason Linkins

CNN Reports News That Disappeared Malaysian Airplane Was, At Some Point Before Disappearance, Not Disappeared

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media

Breaking news from CNN, the most trusted name in obsessing over what might have happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Rose Marie Arce brings us a...

Let's Nip This Bikini Body Thing in the Bud

Katie Lowe | Posted 05.31.2014 | Women
Katie Lowe

Why do we allow ourselves to get stuck in patterns of pathological dieting, shaming and self-loathing, disordered eating habits, misogyny and social anxieties over what is, essentially, a couple of napkins held together with string?

Community Comes From Difference, Not Just Commonality

Bob Deutsch | Posted 05.28.2014 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

Sameness can elicit the beginning of an approach to other people. Difference gets you to something more authentic and intimate and wider.