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Jason Linkins

Five Eliminated In WaPo's Important Pundit Contest | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post is searching for America's Next Top Cheaply-Bought Purveyor Of Online Opinion, and yesterday, the paper made its first round of cr...

The Media, Mark McGwire, and Chew

David Roher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Roher

The media performs a great disservice when it treats steroids as miracle drugs.When we link PEDs to McGwire, we link steroids to success that had very little to do with drugs. It's like featuring the Beatles as the center of an anti-pot campaign.

Jason Linkins

How Watching Cable News Induces Despair | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What could have possibly reduced Center For American Progress blogger Matt Yglesias to a state of "agitation," "despair," anger, and "helpless[ness]" ...

Jason Linkins

The State Of Your Post-Election Media Memes | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you missed out on last night's election, well, don't you know that you missed out on the most important off-off-year election in our lives? It's t...

Dan Froomkin

Fool Me Over and Over and Over Again | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Our elite media has been repeatedly suckered into trumpeting glaringly unsupported assertions about the number of Guantanamo detainees that have "retu...

Enough With the David Letterman Hoopla Already!

Annie Stamell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Annie Stamell

Okay. Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, please! Enough with this David Letterman hoopla already! You know something? I DON'T CARE! I don't. In fac...

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Osborne

Nontroversy feeds on empty, twisted brains. In this case, a general unfamiliarity with the language of scientific banter allows the "climategate" nontroversy to overwhelm the consensus on global warming.

Jason Linkins

Politico Finally Gets To The Bottom Of Listicles, With Listicle | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Listicles! Journalists love listicles the way the President loves playing basketball, without the ladies. We make them, I make them, Mark Halperin c...

Jason Linkins

Watch, As This Snarky Pool Report Outrages Precisely No One | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I think we can all agree that the business of pool report writing was just too super-serious to take chances!

Jason Linkins

Media Pimping Mythical Obama-McChrystal Rift | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Independent's Spencer Ackerman doesn't go for a whole lot of media scolding -- a point he reiterates today in a related blog post, sayi...

Jason Linkins

White House Mocks 'Politico' With Super-Mean Email Forward | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I'd describe Politico's brand of journalism as banality, added to Scientology, multiplied by the spasmodic frenzy of a tween who hasn't learned to displace their unfulfilled erotic needs onto emo vampires.

Jason Linkins

Patrick Byrne, Under SEC Investigation, Featured As Panelist On Fox Business Network | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Byrne was touted as an expert on SEC regulations, as well he should be, considering the fact that he and his company are in the middle of an SEC investigation. Not that this was disclosed!

Jason Linkins

Gilbert Arenas Gun Report: NY Post Scoops WaPo On Only Piece Of Important D.C. Basketball News They'll Cover All Year | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over the holidays, the troubled Washington Times began laying off staff by the metric ton and among the victims of the Moonie-family-gone-King Lear pu...

Jason Linkins

"Daily Show" To Blame For Newsweek Reporter's Imprisonment In Iran? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Daily Show segments did err, in my opinion, in making too many jokes about the danger that Jason Jones was not in during a time when many of the Iranians he met in Iran ended up in such real, deadly danger.

Jason Linkins

WaPo Allows Catholic League's Donohue To Pen Unhinged Rant | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Bill Donohue is the president of the Catholic League, an organization that hysterically goes on the warpath against any alleged slight or insult or cr...

Jason Linkins

Max Baucus Mumbles, Media Frenzy Ensues | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Maybe Max Baucus just has very poor diction. Or maybe he's drunk all the time! God knows that if I had to work alongside our legislators on a daily basis, I'd probably be drunk all the time.

Jason Linkins

Palin: Sexism Only Matters When It Hurts Me | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On the matter of Sarah Palin's Newsweekcover, the Washington City Paper's Amanda Hess has basically won the entire discussion.

Jason Linkins

An Artist's Rendering Of The Balloon Boy Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you happened to miss the whole story of Falcon Heene and the Runaway Wife Swap Zeppelin yesterday and don't have the time to run through my whole, ...

Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing

Amie Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amie Newman

Elson has been working with pregnant women for many years; her answers to my questions and her perspective seem wonderfully balanced, rooted in a concern for what is best for women.

Jason Linkins

Dueling Palin Reviews Equals Zero For Readers | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I don't really see much point to newspapers running dueling reviews of a single book -- it's sort of feckless, isn't it? Well, shucks! if you didn't ...

ON THE MEDIA Fawns Over Sweatshop-Loving Kristof

Jeff Ballinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Ballinger

On the Media with Brooke Gladstone in the anchor chair is always a good deal more than a diversion while cleaning the garage or running weekend errand...

Journeys With George (Saunders), or Why Magazines Should Hire More Fiction Writers

Joshuah Bearman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joshuah Bearman

Like David Foster Wallace, Saunders appears in his own journalism as the bumbling journalist, but Saunders is more believable, which is to say that he is a bumbler, which is part of the charm.

Jason Linkins

'Game Change' Holds Out Women For Particular Contempt | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I'll just note with sadness that maybe the political press is just better suited to grappling with gossip than with complex issues that affect the lives of millions of Americans.

Jason Linkins

Pardon The Interruption: CNN Drops Afghanistan Discussion For Serious Breaking News Of Rush Limbaugh's Efforts To Own Some Football Team In St. Louis | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, it's half past six or so on a Wednesday evening and I am watching that evening's edition of CNN's Wolf Blitzer and the Chamber of Situations, wher...

Jason Linkins

WaPo's Gene Weingarten On Fisticuff-Spawning Passions: "Hooray!" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten took the time at the end of his "Chatalogical Humor" chat yesterday to weigh in on the recent newsroom dust-up ...