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Jason Linkins

State Of The Union Rebuttals: What's The Point? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

As we've previously discussed in this space, State of the Union addresses are mostly useless. The pageantry is nice, and the speech itself provides ad...

The Curious Case of Criticism

Marty Kaplan | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Marty Kaplan

Reviews throw a spotlight on work we might ignore, and they can embed that work in a context and tradition we might only dimly be aware of. The problem is that reviews also function as commodities.

Is it Possible to Find Truth in News?

Linda Durnell | Posted 03.25.2014 | Media
Linda Durnell

The duty of our news media is to bring to the audience impartial news, representing the real nature of the event and presenting it without introducing bias or partiality. Today, the political polarization using these sources has never been greater.

Jason Linkins

Let's Make 2016 Pollster Speculation Better By Using These Shorthand Symbols In Headlines | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

It is currently January 2014, many hundreds of days before the 2016 election. That’s a long journey without much to talk about, but as you soon lear...

Terrorism and the Media: Something to Think About

Nushin Arbabzadah | Posted 03.22.2014 | Media
Nushin Arbabzadah

The recent suicide attack in Kabul that killed 22 innocent civilians reminded me of a conversation I had with a BBC colleague in 2006. We had just rep...

Richard Sherman, the NFL and a Glimpse Behind the Curtain

Matt Jordan | Posted 03.24.2014 | Sports
Matt Jordan

Most of the time, we would rather avoid uncomfortable truths that are right in front of our eyes because they force us to reflect on the things we hold dear.

Jason Linkins

Almost Forgotten, West Virginia: Your Sunday Morning Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

A week after a massive chemical spill at a Freedom Industries storage facility contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia with 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol and forced 300,000 residents of the state to go without potable, usable water, life is slowly starting to return to normal. Well, that's the casual way of describing what's happening, anyway.

Jason Linkins

Almost Forgotten, West Virginia: Your Sunday Morning Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

A week after a massive chemical spill at a Freedom Industries storage facility contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia with 7,500 gallons of 4-met...

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.

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...