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Jason Linkins

No, Americans Are Not Suffering From 'Apocalypse Fatigue,' They Are Suffering From Actual Apocalypses | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

One of the more interesting things about our American life is that since 2008, we have had a financial sector crisis and then an unemployment crisis a...

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Obama Said Some Pretty Dumb Things About The Debt Ceiling In 2006 | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

Over at Slate, Matt Yglesias digs into the speech that then-Sen. Barack Obama gave back in 2006 to preface his "no" vote on raising the debt ceiling. ...

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Someone Had This Crazy Notion That Maybe The Media Should Inform The Public About Stuff | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

One of the best teachers I ever had was Ms. Bresnick, who taught my AP Biology class at South Lakes High School. After our class took a test, in addit...

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Land O' Goshen! Now The Government Shutdown Is Causing Thomas Friedman To Write Half-Decent Columns! | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

What is happening? A day after the government shutdown forced the scales to fall from the eyes of the editors of the Washington Post, Thomas Friedman ...

Hind Swaraj: Mahatma Gandhi's Timeless Manifesto for "Self-Rule"

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

For all the Gandhi-reverence we learned in our schools and culture, it seems to me an incredible loss that I did not ever get a chance to read his book Hind Swaraj anywhere in the course of my school or college education. Now that I teach it in some of my classes.

Jason Linkins

Holy S#!t, The Washington Post Published An Editorial That Doesn't Suck Canal Water! | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

The Washington Post completed its sale to Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, and within 24 hours, a new hope was born unto this world. The Post's e...

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Anyone Who's Been Adversely Affected By The Government Shutdown Needs To Go To The World War II Memorial, I Guess | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

It's Day Two of the government shutdown, and the lesson of the day is that if you have been adversely affected by the closure of government agencies a...

What the U.S. Media Are Ignoring in Government Shutdown Coverage

Kathy Gill | Posted 12.02.2013 | Media
Kathy Gill

It's not just that media miss key elements of the story, it's how media frame the story; after all, research shows that words and tone do shape opinion.

Jason Linkins

Never Forget The Great Moderate Republican Revolt Of 2013! | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

Monday night's bicameral back and forth between the House GOP and the Senate ended in the way everyone saw coming: a shutdown of the federal governmen...

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A Government Shutdown And Debt Ceiling Guide For Journalists Who Don't Want To Be Complete Idiots | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

Writing for the Atlantic, James Fallows has offered a "False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead," by which he means the coming government shutdown sh...

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The Only Way To Show Leadership In A Debt Ceiling Crisis Is To Refuse To Negotiate On The Debt Ceiling | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

The thing about the debt ceiling is that it's not in any way, shape, or form a "partisan" issue. There's no "position" to take on it. It is not a libe...

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Wendy Davis Wishes She Got As Much Media Attention As Ted Cruz | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

It seems that the new new thing in airy pronouncements of media criticism is that Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) filibuster (we're going to use this term f...

Remixing the Same? Bastard Pop at the Museum El Chopo, Mexico City

Eduardo Navas | Posted 11.23.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Navas

The conference was opened with commentaries by the organizers Jose Luis Paredes Pacho, Ruben Lopez Cano, and Julian Woodside.

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It's Not Wrong For The Media To Explain Obamacare | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

TPM's Tom Kludt highlights a very strange exchange Wednesday between former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and MSNBC's Chuck Todd: During a segment o...

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Someone Should Show Thomas Friedman What The Internet Is And How To Write For It | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

Over at The New York Times op-ed page, Thomas Friedman has written a very good column on the disconnect between normal human Americans and policy elit...

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Syria Process Critics Want To Punish You With Their Garbage Opinions | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

Over at the Plum Line, Greg Sargent elucidates the way the ongoing coverage of our ministrations over what to do in Syria provides another example of ...

A Letter to the News Media From Their Biggest Fan

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 11.17.2013 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

Yes, we know that your corporate overlords are demanding that you do your work faster and cheaper -- but you are slowly and most assuredly killing the only thing we need from you: accuracy.

Jason Linkins

GOOD Now A Booster For Military Drone Tech | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

In the not-too-distant past, there was a magazine called GOOD, which was dedicated to all things positive -- philanthropy, advancement ... really, any...

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How Much Will The Media's Disapproving Yowling Over Syria Affect President Obama? | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

Political science time! Two weekends ago, President Barack Obama decided that rather than act unilaterally in pursuing a military solution to Syria's ...

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The Only Way The New Crossfire Will Hurt America Is By Boring It To Death | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.11.2013 | Media

On Monday night, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker made good on his threat and returned "Crossfire," the show that Jon Stewart famously and accurate...

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Eat The Press Has Scored A Decisive Victory Over Chris Cillizza In 'Bully Pulpit' Blowout | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

Eat The Press has beaten the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza in political science, in a rout. Let's go to the Eat The Press telestrator for the detai...

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If Congress Says 'No' On Syria, What Happens Next? | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

As our own Jennifer Bendery reported earlier on Friday, White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken gave an interview with National Publ...

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Celebrate, America! The 'Grand Bargain' Is Still Dead! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

In this time of tension and trouble, it's rare to have good news to bring you, but today I'm happy to say I have some: The "Grand Bargain" is still de...

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Welcome To 'This Town,' Sally Quinn! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

Yesterday, the pointless Howard Kurtz published a pointless item on a Washington, D.C. yoga instructor named Pari Bradlee. There was no reason for him...

An Open Letter to the Media and Hollywood on Miley Cyrus

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Media
Eliyahu Federman

Stop criticizing Miley Cyrus's butt-grinding MTV Video Music Award show. She is merely conforming to and mimicking the licentious culture you created.