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Jason Linkins

Maryland Lawmaker Thinks Journalists Need His 'Authorization' To Use His Name, 'Kirby Delauter' | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

Got a little story this morning about the Streisand Effect -- which, if you're unfamiliar with the term, is that thing where an inept attempt to censo...

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Our Prediction For 2015 Is That Most Economic Predictions Will Suck | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

The American economy, bolstered by a run of decent employment numbers and a party-in-the-USA third-quarter GDP pop, is finally beginning to show signs...

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Antonio Weiss' Supporters Tout His Authorship Of A Liberal Think-Tank's Economic Study. But Why? | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics

Antonio Weiss, the Lazard mergers and acquisitions expert who the Obama administration has tapped to serve as the U.S. Treasury's undersecretary of do...

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Howard Kurtz Is Wrong About April Ryan's Press Conference Question | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

In a very perplexing column Monday, Howard Kurtz of Fox News reflects on President Barack Obama's year-end press conference last week with the White H...

The 10 Most Sexist Media Moments Of 2014

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 02.21.2015 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

In 2013 our annual list included a story about a female celeb's face, an attack on Black masculinity, the delegitimizing of female politicians, and a Rolling Stone bomb. Remarkably, our 2014 list includes much of the same!

Jason Linkins

Ebola Panic Wins 'Lie Of The Year,' But The Real Culprit Goes Free | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

As is their wont, the folks at PolitiFact have gone back and conducted a thorough review of a year of lies and falsehoods to offer readers their "Lie ...

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This Is Your Conservative Media Penny-Stock Scam...On Weed | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

If you want a good conservative investment, listen to me and put your money into a nice index fund. If you want a bad conservative investment -- somet...

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Let's Draft Fewer Wall Streeters Into Washington For A Change | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

Public service -- should we do more to encourage people to participate in it? Absolutely, yes. America's strength is derived from a citizenry of diver...

Dear Baltimore Sun: Do Your Homework

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.31.2015 | Media
Robert Greenwald

Who holds the accountability cops accountable? Who makes them issue the retractions that they demand of others? Case in point: a media critic for the Baltimore Sun, David Zurawik. Last week, he blasted CNN for including Van Jones in its coverage of Ferguson on the night of the grand jury decision.

Jason Linkins

The Heroes And Zeroes Of America's Brief Ebola Outbreak | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been three weeks since the White House event where President Barack Obama shook hands with doctors and nurses who treated Ebola pat...

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Howard Kurtz Doesn't Understand Why People Might Be Put Off By Bill Cosby | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

Comedian and pudding pop addict Bill Cosby was accused of rape on Tuesday by model Janice Dickinson, who joins a growing number of women who have said...

Ebola: The Political Tool of Biological Agents

Jihad Al-Jabban | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Jihad Al-Jabban

World War Z is coming! Or at least you would think so given the media sensationalism surrounding Ebola. But as time has shown us hysteria of Ebola is far more infectious than the virus itself.

WATCH: Amazing Story of a Church's 2,000-Mile Journey

David Tereshchuk | Posted 01.16.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

A really odd thing once happened to my journalism. And then, equally oddly or more so, it happened again.

Jason Linkins

Man Agrees To Do Thing | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

Joe Lieberman, a former senator from Connecticut, has agreed to serve as the co-chairman for No Labels, a loosely codified set of vaguely defined sent...

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Even KSTP's Response To Its Racist 'Gang Signs' Story Is Racist | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

About a week and a half ago in Minneapolis, a man and a woman posed for a picture together, as men and women do all across this great land of ours. Bu...

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Area Press Corps Wants To Know Why Obama Won't Flog Himself For Its Amusement | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

On the afternoon after the Democratic Party's dramatic drubbing, which briefly threatened to wholly redistribute the American Internet's stockpile of ...

Media, M.D.

David Rejeski | Posted 01.04.2015 | Media
David Rejeski

Imagine if some media pressure was more equally applied to "forgotten" health issues. The increased media spotlight could affect the government's approach to funding, research, and communication about prevention -- shifts that could potentially impact thousands of lives annually.

The Conservative Media's Assault on Religious Academia

Paul F. McNamara | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Paul F. McNamara

There are several 'news' sources that claim to be conservative that berate scholars. The majority of these verbal assaults are directed at ones that are involved in the field of religious studies.

This Is How an Academic Boycott of Israel Actually Works

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

Even one of the mainstay journals of American academia, the Chronicle of Higher Education, is not immune from inaccuracies and misstatements. This points to an inability, and perhaps unwillingness, of the mainstream media to treat the issue of the academic boycott of Israel in a fair-handed manner.

Jason Linkins

Ask A Canadian: Explaining The Jian Ghomeshi Scandal To Americans | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.01.2014 | Media

Over the past few days, many of you non-Canadian humans may have noticed the emerging -- and seemingly endlessly sordid --story centering on a man nam...

A Decade of Dissecting the Media

David Tereshchuk | Posted 12.31.2014 | Media
David Tereshchuk

It's quite arresting to see, looking back at THE MEDIA BEAT's earliest days, that Iraq was then still a relatively new war.

10 Appropriate Twitter Reactions to the Media's Ebola Hype

Luis Ruuska | Posted 12.29.2014 | College
Luis Ruuska

Luckily, for every click-bait headline or ill-informed story that is published, there's a Twitter user ready to call out the media for these practices and counteract the media hype with reason and facts).

Reading the Pictures: About Race and Those Ebola Handheld Thermometer Pictures on Western News Sites

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.28.2014 | Media
Michael Shaw

Given the "loaded nature" of the objects and the situation, there are certainly ways to capture a scene like this that is not only more sensitive (and more mundane), but steers clear of exploitive associations to race and violence.

Jason Linkins

Joni Ernst And The Shifting Politics Of Avoidance | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

Joni Ernst, an Iowa state senator and the GOP candidate for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat, stirred a lot of emotions Thursday, after she bailed on a nu...

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BP's Damage To The Gulf Of Mexico Has Been Wildly Exaggerated, Says BP Flack In Politico Magazine | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

[Updated, below.] Today's Politico Magazine offers up some seriously dope sponsored content for your weary body, in the form of an article called "...