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How the Beltway Press (Not Rush Limbaugh) Launched "Obama's Katrina"

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

After going back and looking at the coverage of the politics of the oil spill, it's now clear that it was the Beltway press that hatched the bogus "Obama's Katrina" meme, and then served up on a platter to the appreciative Noise Machine.

Banksy v Welles

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexandra Juhasz

I liked Exit Through the Gift Shop well enough.

Jason Linkins

Arizona Immigration Law Spawns Panicky Exaggerations

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There have been a number of items creeping into my RSS feed that seek to sound some sort of distant early warning that the immigration law, recently passed in Arizona, may soon be coming to a state legislature near you.

Jason Linkins

NYT: We Stopped Calling Waterboarding 'Torture' Because The Bush Administration Didn't Approve

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, we made note of a new study from the Kennedy School of Government that found that America's major newspapers, after decades of reliably and...

Jason Linkins

Politico's HHS Twitter Story: Blowing The Doors Off A Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you're wondering what the Politicoiest story of the day is, try this one on for size: "Administration site promotes vodka, P. Diddy."

Jason Linkins

Once America Started Waterboarding, Major Newspapers Stopped Referring To It As Torture, Says Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you've ever had the funny feeling that the media has largely bent over backwards to normalize and legitimize the practice of waterboarding once the...

Jason Linkins

WTFCNN Launched By Irate Visitor To CNN's Website

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The L.A. Times brings word of the launch of WTFCNN.com, a site created by a frequent visitor to CNN.com who finally got too "frustrated by what headlines" appear on the website to continue without commenting in some way.

Jason Linkins

Jamie McIntyre, Former Pentagon Correspondent, Backs Hastings And Admits A "Dirty Little Secret"

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I'm beginning to see a way for everyone to co-exist in this media ecosystem! Beat reporters can inure their subjects into expecting fawning treatment from journalists, and then freelancers can come in and actually break big stories.

Jason Linkins

Representative Moran Speaks Out Against Violence Directed At Census Workers (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, we noted that Census employees have endured a ridiculous number of threats to their person as they've conducted their duties this year. ...

Jason Linkins

WaPo Pulitzer Criticism: Ombudsman Alexander Responds

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A few weeks ago, Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander took up the issue of whether the paper's Pulitzer haul "mattered," and concluded that the ...

Criticizing the Critics

Loraine Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Loraine Boyle

Yes, it can be amusing to be mean, and I did it more than once in my days as a critic. But it really doesn't show any respect for the artistic process.

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Good morning my little springtime chick-a-dees. It is Sunday, and there's political gibbering on the teevee afoot. My name is Jason, and because I w...

Jason Linkins

Jon Stewart Mocks Media Reaction To Michael Hastings' Ability To Do Actual Journalism (VIDEO) [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I've watched several news anchors slap themselves silly in stunned befuddlement over Rolling Stone's coup. I sort of wondered why the traditional media couldn't have done more, with all of their access!

Jason Linkins

Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Editor Surprised It Became 'Story Of The Day'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I imagine that Rolling Stone now understands that the White House will respond very quickly the next time the commander in charge of our controversial war puts the entire operation in jeopardy over some ill-advised sass talk.

Columbine and the End of Journalism: Part VI, Bloggers

Jeff Kass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeff Kass

Many of those who blogged about Columbine on the ten-year may not have read up much on the murders.

Jason Linkins

Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Mag Fails To Capitalize On Its Own Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier this morning, Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates took note of the dismissal of the civilian press aide who set up the interview between...

Jason Linkins

Census Bureau Tracks Attacks On Its Workforce

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's hard out there for America's census workers, those patriotic citizens who are performing the only job left in America. The Census Bureau has bee...

Jason Linkins

Health Care Reform Media Coverage Was Terrible, Finds New Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Did the rampant coverage of the health care reform debate leave you utterly beside yourself with confusion? Well, you're not alone -- that's exactly how the media covered the matter, because they are terrible.

Columbine and the End of Journalism: New York Times on Columbine

Jeff Kass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeff Kass

The New York Times, the paper of record, had a mixed bag when it came to handling the ten-year anniversary of the Columbine shootings.

Jason Linkins

New $100 Bill: Matt Drudge Is Terrified That It Looks European

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In case you haven't heard, the U.S. Treasury unveiled the design of the new $100 bill. It's all tarted up with new colors and new images and it comes...

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New York Post Assails Obama For Wanting To Reform Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

All this talk of maybe doing something half-assed about the massive failure that caused a nation of dutiful taxpayers to suffer soon filtered back to some (sym)pathetic journalists at the New York Post.

Jason Linkins

Rahm Emanuel Leaving The White House: Sooner Or Later, Maybe Or Not!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, okay, let's talk about the whole "Rahm Emanuel is going to quit in six or eight months" thing. Everyone who covers the White House is behaving as...

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Dems Skipping Town Halls? Not Really

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jeff Zeleny reported that Democrats were avoiding town hall appearances to avoid "voter rage." Is it true? Well, your definition of "avoiding town hall meetings" would have to be "holding a lot of town hall meetings." So: no.

Jason Linkins

South African Reporter Provides The World With A Lesson On Interviewing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Andrew Sullivan and Radley Balko point their readers in the direction of this astoundingly wonderful confrontational interview between Chris Barron, o...

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WaPo Story On Party Committee Spending Comically Reaches For 'Balance'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Paced by a series of critical articles from The Daily Caller, the Republican National Committee and its chairman, Michael Steele, spent a stormy late ...