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It's Time for the Media to Integrate the Race Beat

Dori J. Maynard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dori J. Maynard

Whatever the initial rationale behind "mainstream media" leaving white people out of the race beat, recent events argue that it's time to reexamine that decision.

Jason Linkins

Gorilla-Costume-Clad Neighbor Creates Today's Great Moment In Photojournalism | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

You might not normally be interested in a local news story from the New Hampshire Union-Leader about a beach house that "was gutted this morning after...

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Slate Writers Help Readers Demystify The Political Press | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I'm loving this piece from Chris Beam in Slate entitled "The Only Politics Article You'll Ever Have To Read." It's a rather brilliant and hilarious plumbing of the puddle-deep political tropes that the political media reflexively dials up.

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WaPo's Pearlstein On What's Wrong With Financial Coverage | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Pearlstein gave a melodramatic, fist-pounding rant about how the press should concentrate on doing data-driven "dot connecting," rather than ground-level reporting on how the financial crisis affected Main Street types.

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Financial Reporting And The Perils Of 'Cognitive Capture' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It's too much to demand "crystal ball" clarity from the media. But to impose a better psychic metaphor, it's not impossible to do a better job reporting out the position of the tea leaves at the bottom of the cup.

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David Brooks Presents Genuinely Weird Income Statistic | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

So, Joel Kotkin wrote a book called "The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050", and David Brooks read it, and got so optimistic that today he has a c...

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Arizona Elementary School Will Whiten The Faces Of Its Own Students On A Mural Because Some Racists Yelled At It [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This is just the worst story in the world. We're talking about a group of adults who have decided to send a stirring message to their students and the world: when a bunch of mentally deranged adults threaten a bunch of children, the best thing to do is to accede to their psychotic, racist "demands." Seriously, educators of Prescott, Arizona, when some creep demands you whiten the faces of your own students on a mural, the correct response is to say, "No, we will not be doing anything of the sort."

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Rosy Top-Line Masks Utterly Dismal Employment Numbers | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If your entire exposure to the recently-released jobs report has come in the form of breaking news alerts to your inbox, you may be only aware of the ...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Good morning and happy Easter and happy Passover and welcome to your Sunday morning liveblog of the images that flicker and bob inside your teevee box...

The Debacle of Fox News With Greta and Her Interview With Governor Brewer

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelle Kraus

Governor Jan Brewer was just on Fox News live with sweet Greta questioning the legitimacy of the meeting she just came from in the Oval Office. Greta ...

Jason Linkins

Obama's Oil Spill Response: Do Americans Want Him To Show More Emotion? No, They Do Not | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Unless you're comatose or have found another pleasant way of avoiding the subject, you're probably aware that for the past week or so the political media has been blissing out to a pointless discussion of whether or not President Barack Obama has shown sufficient emotion over the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Is it possible to know what actual humans think about the notion that the oil spill needs to be confronted with lots of feelings?

Bogus Polls and Misinformation Fuel Unrest and Discontent

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

50% don't think President Obama deserves re-election 65% think most members of Congress don't deserve re-election 28% say they support anti-big govern...

Was too! Reply to Kilkenny over media coverage of health reform

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harold Pollack

Health reform is a complicated 2500 page bill. I wish Americans understood it better. They understand more than they used to, because hundreds of people in the media did their jobs well. Attention should be paid.

Jason Linkins

Vanity Fair Profiles The Frantic Existence of Sally Quinn | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sally Quinn, American journalist, was for a long while best known for her Washington Post column, "The Party." From that perch, she offered Washingto...

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Media Drills Vapidity On Drilling Into Our Faces (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Obama came straight out of the blue this week with a decision to start up some crazy new offshore drilling campaign. It's an opportunity to ask some pretty substantive questions. Unfortunately, the media all had much better things to talk about.

Lady Professor Sings the Blues

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexandra Juhasz

My last post skirted the issue, saying I was "too busy" to perform my professorial labors properly: the hard work of "unpacking" lady Gaga. Ha. I'd ac...

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Don Imus, Chris Wallace Discuss Cokie Roberts's Criticisms | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, I made note of this segment on NPR, in which ABC News contributor Cokie Roberts, while discussing the way female politicians never find the...

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Cokie Roberts Assails Chris Wallace For Palin 'Lap' Joke: 'Appalling' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Cokie Roberts took to the airwaves today, joining in a terrific segment about the way female politicians seem to be able to exert some degree of self-control and do their jobs without getting enmeshed in crazy, news-making sex scandals.

A (Neglected) Duty to Inform

Elise Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Elise Crane

By failing to provide coverage of global events, is the media actively promoting decreased attention to the world around us?

Divide And Conquer Will No Longer Work

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Often the criticism that has been laid by some members of the black community at the feet of other members of the black community who have openly crit...

News You Can Trust? The Best Reporting In NYC

Huffington Post | Adam Clark Estes | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Last July, the Huffington Post teamed up with Newstrust, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization devoted towards rating news quality, in order to tes...

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Rumors Of Health Care Reform's Entrenched Unpopularity Have Been Greatly Exaggerated | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The entrenched political wisdom on health care reform continues to consist of standard-issue declamations of its lack of popularity --- despite pockets of evidence that suggest the measure isn't.

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Washington Post: Taxpayer Bailout Profits From Citi Are A 'King's Ransom' [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The federal government bailed out Citigroup with taxpayer money. In return, they got common stock. The value of that stock went up. And so: profit! This isn't some net negative for Citigroup -- this is how these transactions work!

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Glenn Beck Attacks President's Daughter -- Days After Insisting That Families Of Public Figures Should Not Be Attacked (AUDIO) [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Call me crazy, but I'm beginning to think that Fox News infotainer Glenn Beck's principles lack some internal moral consistency.

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Oh, hello, good morning and welcome to this, you Sunday Morning recap of images that flicker on our teevees every Sunday, about politics. I have litt...