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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...

Jason Linkins

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 ...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

For Our Sake, Journalists Should Fight Each Other More Often

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If a journalist is debating a reader about a fact, let's hear from other journalists. If that's not in the public interest, what is? Not just on Twitter, but also in comment boards.

Jason Linkins

Chris Christie And The Perils Of Inevitability | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

One of the reasons that the political media has gotten a crazy jump-start on 2016 presidential speculation is because among the slim pickings of elect...

Jason Linkins

Obama Not Going To Gettysburg Is This Week's Hurricane Katrina | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Somehow, in the time it took me to leave my desk, run to the store and get lunch, President Barack Obama has gone and gotten himself into another one ...

Jason Linkins

Mary Cheney Assailed For Not Understanding How Her Sister's Brand Of Cynical Politics Works | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

So far this week, our precious news cycle has come front-loaded with hot news out of the GOP primary in the Wyoming Senate race, which features incumb...

Jason Linkins

Elizabeth Warren Said To Be Raising No Money For The 2016 Run That Is Not Happening | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

Presidential speculation in the modern era of "OMG SHINY SHINY BOUNCY BOUNCY" political reporting can be built on just about anything: wishes, dreams,...

Jason Linkins

We Have Reached The 'Maybe Democrats Will Scrap Obamacare' Stage Of Panic Speculation | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

It hasn't been the best of months for those Democrats who stood behind the Affordable Care Act all this while, only to be visited upon by the twin mal...

Jason Linkins

So, About That Whole 'Obama's Katrina' Thing | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

The hot newscycle ornament everyone's talking about on Friday is an article by Michael D. Shear in The New York Times that essentially advances the id...

Teen Sexual Violence: What the Media Is Missing

Amee Wurzburg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Amee Wurzburg

When journalists ignore the research on sexual violence and toolkits about how to properly cover sexual assault and instead resort to superficial and sensationalist reporting, they are hurting efforts to end teen sexual violence.

Jason Linkins

Richard Cohen Does Have An Editor, Just Not A Particularly Good One | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

In the wake of another gobsmackingly awful piece from Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen on Tuesday, I suggested that one thing that The Washingt...

Jason Linkins

Who Is The Dark Horse Candidate Of 2016? Why Is This Being Asked Now? What Is Wrong With People? | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

At the end of a column explaining seven of the tens of thousands of ways Hillary Clinton and/or Chris Christie could "bungle" 2016 (like, the whole ye...

Jason Linkins

Here's A Crazy Idea I Just Had: Someone Should Maybe Edit The Washington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

By now, you may have heard that Washington Post columnist and serial platform-abuser Richard Cohen has published an op-ed -- ostensibly about the diff...

Jason Linkins

Amazing Hillary Clinton Beats Back Non-Existent Primary Challenge Within 24 Hours Of It Not Starting | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

Over the past 24 hours, and three years before the next presidential election, a tidal wave of hype has swept o'er the land. That wave of hype concern...