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Jason Linkins

Thinking About Skipping The Iowa Caucuses? Better Think Again!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

Earlier this week, news broke that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was opting out of active participation in this summer's Iowa Straw Poll, the annual ev...

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Hot 2016 Scoop: Jeb Bush Slips Up, Tells Reporters He's Running For President, Unless He Isn't

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

HOLY COW YOU GUYS. Got some habanero salsa hot 2016 scoops coming down the Internet garbage chute for you, courtesy of the dedicated reporters of NBC ...

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As Liberia Earns 'Ebola-Free' Designation, A Look Back On The Lessons Learned

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

This weekend brought some good news for people who like to hear about the outbreaks of deadly diseases being curbed. According to the World Health...

Rebooting Al Jazeera America

Monroe Price | Posted 05.08.2016 | Media
Monroe Price

The founding head of Al Jazeera America has been unceremoniously demoted, and a trusted face from the older Al Jazeera English put in his stead. Yet this is not the main issue. As it happens, we all have a stake in a stronger, better, trusted Al Jazeera service.

The Media of the Future

Glenn Beck | Posted 05.06.2016 | Media
Glenn Beck

The media of the future is nimble, fit, and intimate. It has no respect for its elders. It doesn't care how it was done before. There is a very real power in realizing this. Those who cling on to power are most likely to lose it.

John Collado, Police Brutality and the Media That Ain't Ours

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 06.20.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

When I first met Joshua Lopez, I have to admit that I wasn't familiar with the case of his uncle, John Collado. Collado was shot and killed by an undercover NYPD detective in 2011. Collado's name isn't as widely-known as some others.

Jason Linkins

The 2016 Election Cycle Bids A Fond Farewell To April's Shiny Nonsense!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

Friday is the first of May, which means there's only 550 days or so until Election Day 2016. It's a winding road ahead, into an uncertain future, but ...

Why You Can't Trust the Nation's Frequently Inaccurate, Terribly Organized Sex Offender Registries

Steve Friess | Posted 05.01.2016 | Crime
Steve Friess

Here's the problem: Those sex offender registries that are sensationalistic catnip to news producers are a technological and inaccurate mess that nobody in the media or public should trust.

How Can the Bruce Jenner Interview Help Us Better Serve Our Audience

Eden Lane | Posted 06.23.2015 | Media
Eden Lane

Newsrooms are always looking for stories their audiences will find interesting, and the idea of a celebrity they have known for decades revealing they are transgender is attention-getting. Can it be told without resorting to sensationalism?

Jason Linkins

Can We Even Be Sure That 'Draft De Blasio' Is A Real Thing Or Not?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

Editor: Have you seen the "Draft de Blasio" thing, where the New York mayor is allegedly going to run for president? Me: I don't think it's real! I...

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One Hillary Clinton Think Piece To Rule Them All

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

This week, we were faced with the daunting prospect of having to make sense out of all the Hillary Clinton think pieces that were microwaved into exis...

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Paging Hillary Clinton And The Media Covering Her: Could You Please Climb Out Of Plato's Cave?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics

Every election cycle can be considered, first and foremost, a monument to hype. With every passing week, the political world is a blizzard of brash pr...

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2016ers Are Launching Campaigns Left And Right, And Political Reporters Are On It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

It's campaign-launch season, and our country's political reporters are on the scene, giving you the analysis you need. "Hey, a thing seems to be happe...

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20 Campaign Reporters Wasted A Year Trying To Make A Useless Prediction About Hillary Clinton

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Sometimes it's almost possible to feel sorry for campaign reporters during a presidential election cycle. Take, for example, this report in Politico a...

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Yet Another Hopeless Plea For Some Fresh Perspective On Sunday Morning

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

As more and more Americans continue to follow my example and find something better to do on Sunday mornings than slog through the network television c...

A Conversation About Hollywood and Diversity: Why It Matters

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 05.31.2015 | Media
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We have come together to have a conversation about racism and the media industry. As scholars, we are concerned about systemic biases in Hollywood and how they influence people's ideas and behaviors in the real world, in ways that people may be unaware of.

Good Stories Still Rule in Journalism's Wired Era

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.31.2015 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

It's often said in the digital world that "content is king." It is clear that in journalism, good stories (even at considerable lengths) still rule, whether in books, newspapers, magazine, web-based publications, podcasts, or on innovative digital narrative platforms.

Jason Linkins

Ted Cruz Signs Up For Obamacare Is Your Short-Sighted Media Fixation Of The Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics

Every election cycle can be considered, first and foremost, a monument to hype. With every passing week, the political world is a blizzard of brash pr...

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Important Fact-Check: 108,000,000,000 ÷ 12,000,000 = 9,000

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

The Washington Post's resident fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, has a pretty important corrective to mete out to an unsuspecting congressman today. Specif...

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'Testing The Waters': The Unseen Significance Of A Candidate Cliche

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

A few weeks ago, I had the occasion to write about the myriad steps that a human being takes along the way to becoming a presidential candidate -- fro...

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Hillary Clinton Moved Her Head, According To Crack Campaign Reporters

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was a featured guest Monday at the Center for American Progress' "Expanding Opportunity ...

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It's Sad That The Best The Media Can Do To Fight Government Corruption Is Scalp Aaron Schock

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

This week, noted ab-haver Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) announced that he will be resigning his seat March 31 under the weight of multiple examples of sh...

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Clinton Email Controversy Gives 2016 Race Its First Dose Of High Anxiety

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

No matter how many emails Clinton discloses, if this imagined missive fails to materialize, it will always be thought of something that's being hidden, as opposed to something that does not exist. The only solution is for none of this to have happened in the first place -- and it's not as if this required some super-genius amount of foresight to prevent. Rather than solve the problem, it must simply be endured -- and not just by Clinton herself. Whatever you think of this email micro-event -- be it the intimation of a larger disorder, or one more shiny object of diminishing value -- the fact is that it has altered the "invisible primary" in some measurable way for Clinton's allies, her opponents, and the media tasked with covering the story.

Jason Linkins

Hillary Clinton's Email Problem Is Unsolvable

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

Tuesday afternoon, the first act of "Hillary Clinton Email Dämmerung" concluded, with the former secretary of state providing an eager mass of report...

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ICYMI: Here's Everything That Happened During The Netanyahu News Dump

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday morning, an event that was -- for many Beltwa...