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Jason Linkins

A New Host On 'Meet The Press' Isn't Going To Solve Its Problems

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.21.2014 | Media

As noted earlier this morning, the David Gregory rumor mill has spun round to the news, courtesy of Politico's Playbook, that Chuck Todd is reportedly...

Black Twitter #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Is The Movement We've Been Waiting For

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices

On Saturday, Missouri teen Michael Brown was reportedly shot dead by police. The death of the unarmed teen has sparked outrage in his local community ...

Western Media Failed Me and It Is Probably Failing You Too

Paul Benjamin | Posted 10.07.2014 | Media
Paul Benjamin

It amazes me that there is absolutely no coverage about the atrocities against the indigenous Christians of Iraq and Syria.

Jason Linkins

Dick Morris Still Making Typical Dumb Dick Morris Pronouncements

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

On Thursday, Dick Morris -- Hurricane Sandy victim and wrongest man in America (even when he's attempting to admit that he's wrong) -- brought forth t...

Killing Shadows

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

In the relief of the shade, or rather, in our mixed shadows, we are one. Nature has deemed it so. Be it in Gaza... be it in Israel... be it Sunni or Shiite, these are like a boy throwing rocks at his own shadow; a boy throwing rocks at himself.

Jason Linkins

No Labels: Hollow As Ever, Whining About 'Cynics'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

Yahoo! News' Meredith Shiner's recent piece on the goofy little group No Labels -- currently leading all comers in the race to be my Summer 2014 Spiri...

How Social Media Is Fueling the Israel-Palestine Conflict in Gaza

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.27.2014 | Technology
Sanjay Sanghoee

While the opinions of professional journalists have been somewhat balanced, the rhetoric on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms has been anything but, devolving into one-sided rants and conveniently picked news items that support a particular narrative.

Misee Harris: Why a Black Bachelorette May Matter More Than You Think

Nadia Dawisha | Posted 09.27.2014 | Entertainment
Nadia Dawisha

Pop culture visibility matters, and Misee Harris deserves to be part of it.

Jeremy Scahill On Media Coverage Of Gaza: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 07.24.2014 | Media

Jeremy Scahill joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss his expose for the Intercept on the way the U.S. government handles its terrorist watchlis...

Jason Linkins

The 1 Mistake The Political Media Must Not Make In 2016

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

We are now just a few short months before the midterm elections, after which the coverage of the 2016 presidential election and its attendant frenzy o...

Nose Deep in Their Own... Prejudice: Hinduism and The New York Times' Sewage Problem

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

What might have been an excellent piece of reporting on an important public-health concern in India has turned out instead to be one of the most absurd, far-fetched, and ugly pieces of Hinduphobic racism in journalism ever.

Hot Mic Moments Are Nothing New

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 09.20.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Game changers? No. Embarrassing? Sure. But instead of a process story about an unforced error that did not affect any substantive narrative, don't we deserve to have the media focus on substance?

Misreporting Gaza: It's Not Just ABC's Error

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

We, in the United States, have hard-wired into our national consciousness the one-sided image of aggression only coming from the Palestinian side and victimhood being the exclusive purview of Israelis. The story is of course more complicated than that.

Jason Linkins

The Brutalist Guide To 2016's Democratic Contenders (Not Named Hillary Clinton)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

Over at the Columbia Journalism Review, Steven Brill has a "story he'd like to see." Specifically: What's the deal with "the Hillary alternatives?" You know, those other people who might compete in a Democratic primary in 2016. This is worth some discussion. Among the reasons I can think of that speak to why there isn't block-to-block coverage of other potential Democratic contenders (besides maybe Elizabeth Warren, more on that later) are: 1) it's 2014 at the moment, and maybe people are showing a modicum of restraint, and 2) Hillary Clinton is currently "freezing the field." Which is a way of saying that she looms so large over the landscape as a potential frontrunner for the nomination, despite not actually campaigning, that it's inhibiting other candidates from doing the sorts of things they need to do to carve out a place in the firmament.

Jason Linkins

Clinton 2016 Coverage Is A Wild Ride On The Signal-To-Noise Rollercoaster

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

Longtime Eat The Press readers know that our official position on 2016 speculatin' in the year 2014 is that we'd love it if there was far, far less of...

Jason Linkins

Elite Beltway Consensus Is A Looming Danger For America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

It's not often that I have the opportunity to read something sensible about deficit mania and the terrors that have followed in its wake, but when I d...

OutWeek: How Queers Started a Revolution in Journalism 25 Years Ago

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Twenty-five years ago this month a revolution in journalism was born in New York. It was called OutWeek magazine, and though it only lasted two years and may not be well-known today, it had a major impact on journalism and certainly how queer issues would be covered.

Jason Linkins

True Chyrons For Bush-Era Iraq War 'Experts'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

As Michael Calderone noted earlier this week, one of the more astounding things that has happened in the wake of the sectarian deterioration and renew...

Jason Linkins

Clinton Looks A Little Rusty On Her 'Hard Choices,' Avoidable Errors Tour

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

Hillary Clinton has a book out. It's called Hard Choices. It's about hard choices. Lots and lots of hard choices. I did not read this book. Easy choic...

Fat Studies: Bodies, Culture, Health

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Fabio Parasecoli

Enjoying total mastery over the body and its appearance is a powerful fantasy that can influence the way we manage ourselves on a daily basis, with health as our primary goal and often with looks as a secondary but not so irrelevant objective.

Advocacy and Making Policy Personal

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 08.10.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Public affairs experts would argue that advocacy work is much more effective when there is a personal story attached to an issue. A first person account makes policy personal, and puts a face on issues that may otherwise be debated in the abstract.

Jason Linkins

Maureen Dowd Eats Some Pot Candy, Succumbs To Reefer Madness

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

Dig, if you will, a picture: You're alone, in an unfamiliar place. In your possession, you have something that -- according to what you've heard -- a ...

Jason Linkins

'Let's Have Some Random Doctors Guess Chris Christie's Weight!' Said Someone At Politico, Apparently

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

Chris Christie's year has been more than a little bit tough, what with "Bridgegate" and its attendant melodramas. But one thing he's got going for him...

If It Bleeds, It Leads

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

We must help the media break its cycle of moving from crime to crime without exploring the aftermath.

Jason Linkins

The President Isn't Green Lantern. So What Is He Then?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

Over at Vox this week, Ezra Klein offers up the latest critique of the "Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency." He's not the first to have done so, a...