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Jason Linkins

We Have Reached The 'Maybe Democrats Will Scrap Obamacare' Stage Of Panic Speculation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

It hasn't been the best of months for those Democrats who stood behind the Affordable Care Act all this while, only to be visited upon by the twin mal...

Jason Linkins

So, About That Whole 'Obama's Katrina' Thing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

The hot newscycle ornament everyone's talking about on Friday is an article by Michael D. Shear in The New York Times that essentially advances the id...

Teen Sexual Violence: What the Media Is Missing

Amee Wurzburg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Amee Wurzburg

When journalists ignore the research on sexual violence and toolkits about how to properly cover sexual assault and instead resort to superficial and sensationalist reporting, they are hurting efforts to end teen sexual violence.

Jason Linkins

Richard Cohen Does Have An Editor, Just Not A Particularly Good One

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

In the wake of another gobsmackingly awful piece from Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen on Tuesday, I suggested that one thing that The Washingt...

Jason Linkins

Who Is The Dark Horse Candidate Of 2016? Why Is This Being Asked Now? What Is Wrong With People?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

At the end of a column explaining seven of the tens of thousands of ways Hillary Clinton and/or Chris Christie could "bungle" 2016 (like, the whole ye...

Jason Linkins

Here's A Crazy Idea I Just Had: Someone Should Maybe Edit The Washington Post

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

By now, you may have heard that Washington Post columnist and serial platform-abuser Richard Cohen has published an op-ed -- ostensibly about the diff...

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Amazing Hillary Clinton Beats Back Non-Existent Primary Challenge Within 24 Hours Of It Not Starting

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

Over the past 24 hours, and three years before the next presidential election, a tidal wave of hype has swept o'er the land. That wave of hype concern...

Jason Linkins

You Too Can Invent A Rival For Hillary Clinton

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Hillary Clinton: She might be running for president, because she once ran for president, that time before. Remember that? 2008? Lost the Democratic pr...

Jason Linkins

Chris Christie Receives Nationally-Televised Mani-Pedi From Four Sunday Morning Political Show Hosts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

In Washington, D.C., "the Full Ginsburg" refers to the act of appearing on every one of the Sunday morning political chat shows on the same Sunday. It...

Dystopia Now: Anticipating Fire

Maddy Lederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Maddy Lederman

Fantasy is writing reality here, and dictating what people, or at least some people, will look like. What is that scarf Katniss has on? I want it. (If you don't know who Katniss is, you have a lot to catch up on.) I've never experienced such a vague line between real and not-real.

Jason Linkins

73 Takeaways From The 2013 Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

Election night is over, and you are probably hungering for some Takeaways. At least, this is something that I am assuming that you crave in large numb...

Jason Linkins

6 Post-Election Narratives You'll Meet On Wednesday

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

By Wednesday night, Election Day 2013: The Foregone Conclusioning, will be over and you will be confronted with a fresh plate of piping hot media narr...

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Here's The Dumbest Critique Of Obamacare (So Far, Anyway)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

Writing for the Chicago Tribune, Dennis Byrne takes issue with "Obama's healthy dose of misinformation." But it's not the same "misinformation" that h...

The Young and Restless (in Radio)

Gary Villablanca Duff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Gary Villablanca Duff

I often wonder when listening to radio, why there aren't more talk show hosts in their teens and twenties? Because I am young, I've realized age has become as much a barrier in an industry that's marginally a lot more seasoned.

An Occasionally Informed Public Misses Too Much

Pablo J. Boczkowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Pablo J. Boczkowski

What we have then is a stark disparity between servings of political news by the media and a lack of political news appetite in consumers.

Jason Linkins

For Obamacare Proponents, A Grueling Month Of 'Trench Warfare' Lies Ahead

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

Anyone who wants to be hopeful about the future of the Affordable Care Act has a long wait ahead of them. Specifically, until the end of November, whi...

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Bill Daley Is Apparently The One Guy Who Really Took The 'Joe Biden-Hillary Clinton Switch' Seriously

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

Given enough exposure to political punditry, you are going to hear a lot of extremely stupid ideas bandied about -- in fact, you may never hear an int...

Reading the Pictures: Meet the De Blasios!

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.31.2013 | Media
Michael Shaw

2013-10-31-Screenshot20131031at8.39.58AM.jpgIt's the Hollywood-style titling and typeface, as if branding The De Blasio family as a show. It might as well read: Meet The Jeffersons ... with a White Dad!

Jason Linkins

Anthony Weiner Manages To Blame The Media For His Problems In The Strangest Way Possible

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

Forgive me if I'm glossing over some of the fine points here, but let's try to recall a basic timeline of Anthony Weiner's life in the past few years....

Ryan Grim

The Definitive Guide To Washington's Anonymous Sources

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress has increasingly injected itself into people's lives by randomly disrupting them for no obvious reason, interest in the minu...

Jason Linkins

How Healthcare.gov Can Become Exactly Like The Iraq War In 12 Easy Steps

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

As many of you may know, whenever the media sees a significant, developing story, their natural tendency is to think in terms of comparison. Their eye...

Think Again: 10 Years of False Equivalence and Still Going Strong

Eric Alterman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Alterman

The mainstream media's greatest failure has been its members' inability to acknowledge this reality. Over and over, no matter what the issue, journalists create a sense of false equivalence between positions that rest on data and logic and those that don't.

Jason Linkins

Most Political 'Messaging' Is Not All That It's Cracked Up To Be

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

If you read enough Beltway reporting, you will probably die pretty quickly of intellectual dysentery. But for those whose hearty constitutions allow t...

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Cliche Watch: Hacks To Crack About Cracks In The Dome

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

The Architect of the Capitol is undertaking a "multi-phased" project geared to restoring the structural integrity of the U.S. Capitol dome, one of Was...

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A Spoonful Of Sugar Is Not Going To Fix A Website

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

Now that the government shutdown is over, the bungled rollout of the federal Obamacare exchange website is drawing the attention it might have otherwi...