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Jason Linkins

More And More People Are Not Running For President | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

It is 2014 at the moment, but since there isn't any kind of massive unemployment problem and it's totally safe for pregnant women to drink the water, ...

Jason Linkins

Fancy Newspaper Columnists Aggrieved Cancer Patient Is Getting Attention On Twitter | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Well, we're less than two weeks into the new year and we've already got an early contender for the 2014 "Piece You're Glad You Weren't Dumb Enough To ...

Jason Linkins

Sunday Shows To West Virginia: Drop Dead! | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Some 300,000 residents of West Virginia are without safe drinking water this weekend after 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked into t...

Jason Linkins

America's French Laundry Health Care Problem: Your Sunday Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

It's often argued that nothing needs to be fixed with the American health care system, because it is the best in the world. The argument I lay alongside that is that the best tasting menu -- at least according to Anthony Bourdain, a man with whom I wouldn't recommend you trifle -- is at French Laundry in Yountville, California.

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Chris Christie Is Sorry, But Let's Not 'Comeback Kid' Ourselves Just Yet | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Crack-ups and comebacks. There are no two commodities that the political media loves more. Their culture now moves seamlessly between, "What about you...

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Excuse Me While I Troll You: Actually, Joe Biden Was Right | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Published excerpts from former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' upcoming memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, have put Washington into a tin...

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Joe Scarborough Is Mad At Matt Taibbi For Writing About Stuff On The Internet | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

"Pot makes you dumb," asserts Joe Scarborough, in POLITICO, eventually concluding, "I have found that all too often, pot just makes you dumb." Yet, in...

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What Time Is Hillary Clinton Running For President? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

It is now 2014, which means that our interest and attention must now turn to the upcoming election. In 2016. Yes, that seems stupid! But the relen...

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As Unemployment Insurance Debate Heats Up, Dems Accused Of Using Unemployed As 'Distraction' | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

This past weekend, your Sunday morning news shows finally and at long last took notice of the fact that 1.3 million Americans, unemployed for the long...

A New Year's Resolution for the Media From an Asian-American

Crystal Duan | Posted 03.02.2014 | College
Crystal Duan

Not everyone sees being bicultural in America as some kind of normality, or is even aware that it could be a normality. So in 2014, media writers should focus on reshaping portrayals of Asian Americans.

Jason Linkins

10 Ruminative Pieces From DC Journalists That I Hope Politico Magazine Publishes In 2014 | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics

This week, Sam Youngman's lengthy piece about how he needed to leave Washington, D.C., in order to maximize his true humble-brag potential struck a ch...

Turkey's Simon Cowell and The Dangers of De-Newsification

Emre Kizilkaya | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Emre Kizilkaya

If there is anything that could be called the Turkish Dream, then it might have been materialized in the life of Acun Ilicali, Turkey's self-made TV m...

The List

Kim Lute | Posted 02.08.2014 | Black Voices
Kim Lute

Kael Johnson. Marquise Williams. Diamond Eley. LaToya Figueroa. I'll assume that the mention of these names draws blank stares. You likely don't know ...

Top 10 Sexist Media Moments of 2013

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 02.15.2014 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Whether it was the continued assault on women's bodies in tabloid culture, such as Kim Kardashian's pregnancy and post-pregnancy body, or magazines trying to scrutinize the size of Angelina Jolie's breasts implants post double mastectomy (seriously), media culture continued to focus on women as body parts.

Jason Linkins

For Obamacare, Assume Repeal Dead | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

After forty some-odd attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, some of which were sexier than others, it would seem that the GOP is slowly putting t...

Mandela's Death: A Tale of Two Zimbabwean Newspapers

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

A golden rule of readership can be summarized by leveraging the old real estate cliché about "location, location, location."

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media

Good morning everyone, welcome back from what I hope was a very happy Thanksgiving break, to your Sunday morning liveblog of the chattering simps that...

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Someone Had The Crazy Idea That They Could 'Promote Through Politico' | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

One of Politico's best, Byron Tau, tweeted a complaint this morning. And he is right to do so! Because whoever sent the missive he obtained, in which ...

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Sorry Guys, Congressional Polarization Can't Be Fixed By Lawmakers Hanging Out More | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

Over at the Columbia Journalism Review, political science shaolin warrior Brendan Nyhan takes up a matter that various pundits tend to obsess over: Wo...

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Americans Still Desperately Trying To Get Lawmakers Into This Whole 'Massive Unemployment' Thing | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

For the umpteenth time since a cascade of financial cock-ups ravaged the global economy and plunged the United States into a seemingly intractable une...

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Apparently It's Weird That The White House Asks Local Media To Inform Local People About Obamacare | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

According to Politico, strange things are afoot in the world of Obamacare and the media, as the White House makes its case for the law: President B...

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I'm Really Gonna Miss It When This Whole 'Let's Do Anecdotal Reporting On Poor People' Period Ends! | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

The past month or so has been a pretty interesting time in the history of the American political media. They are doing all this anecdotal reporting no...

What If Journalists Practiced Journalism?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.26.2014 | Media
Peter Van Buren

In yet another dramatic revelation flowing out of whistleblower Edward Snowden, a journalism textbook from 1983 has been sent to several large media outlets, including the Washington Post, New York Times and the trailer park where Fox News is thought to originate.

JFK Conspiracy Activist Looks Back

Bob Katz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Bob Katz

Does the case still matter? Only, I'm afraid, as a cautionary tale about our willingness to accept simplistic explanations for wrenching events (Iraq War? 2008 financial collapse?) that we desperately need to get to the bottom of.

Are Black TV Shows and Films Encouraging More Racially Sensitive Advertising?

Lande Yoosuf | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Lande Yoosuf

The media is undergoing an interesting transformation lately. Almost daily, I'm reading articles from websites such as Shadow and Act, The Hollywood R...