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The Year in Media Errors and Corrections 2009

Craig Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Silverman

Every year at this time, I collect the best of the worst in media errors and corrections. Here's a sample of 2009's offerings.

Jason Linkins

FLASHBACK -- Lou Dobbs's Past Bluster: "It's Killing The Left... That They Can't Force CNN To Fire Me" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Here's a reminder of how now-resigned-from-CNN Lou Dobbs used to bellow on and on about his various persecution complexes, and blustered that "It's just killing the left... that they can't force CNN to fire me."

Jason Linkins

Will Fox News Enforce Its "Zero Tolerance" Policy On Recent Error? [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Back in November Fox News Channel, in response to a series of widely reported on-air mistakes, issued a memo that stated: Effective immediately, ther...

Jason Linkins

"Fox And Friends" Hosts Worry That Military Needs "Special Debriefings" For Muslims | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On this morning's Fox And Friends, hosts Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson were all a-whip with Salem Witch Trial panic over the thought that Nidal ...

Jason Linkins

Could A Blogger Have Gotten Away With Game Change? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Would someone with nothing more than their own online shingle be able to get away with what Halperin and Heilemann have done without facing a storm of criticism and excoriation?

Jason Linkins

Howard Kurtz Slams Letterman, Loses Perspective | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The prospect of a defense contractor being blackmailed is of much greater significance than a late-night teevee comedian. The two should not, in any way, be compared.

Jason Linkins

HuffPost, TPM In White House Pool: Newspaper Reporters Gripe | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

According to Politico, a "debate" has been "sparked" over the new White House pool rotation. This debate is raging, I'm sure, among the handful of people who are deeply invested in White House pool reporting.

Jason Linkins

Referring To Marathon Winner As "Technically American" Has Become A Disturbing Trend [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It really takes a special kind of irredeemable pigheadedness to read about American marathon runner Meb Keflezighi's victory in the New York City mara...

Jason Linkins

Noonan's 'Catastrophic Success' Argument Was Better When Matthew Dowd Originally Made It | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In today's Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan is a-flutter with concern that "passage of the health-care bill will be, for the administration, a catast...

Jason Linkins

Betsy McCaughey Media Obsession: What's The Point? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Columbia Journalism Review's Greg Marx will have to be a little bit more specific on what "concerns" of mine he feels I am "overstating," but beyond t...

Jason Linkins

Hollywood And Washington, D.C. Are Very Much Alike | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In yesterday's Los Angeles Times, John Horn and Tina Daunt wrote about the extent to which the Hollywood community is terribly out of touch with the ...

Jason Linkins

Obama Trip To Copenhagen Sparks Olympic-Sized Derangement | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Of course, if you are not concerned about the awesomely ruinous opportunity cost to safety and prosperity that a brief jaunt to Denmark represents, surely you are worried about all the Chicago Machine Olympic corruption.

Jason Linkins

WSJ's Thomas Frank Assails WaPo's Coverage Of Lobbyists | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In today's Wall Street Journal, columnist Thomas Frank calls out the Washington Post at length for its fawning, frolicsome coverage of the way lobbyists infect every single corner of Capitol Hill like a lycanthropic plague.

Jason Linkins

Polanski Arrest Causes Mass Dementia Among Apologists | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Roman Polanski has been arrested in Switzerland and is facing extradition to the United States because he was convicted of having unlawful sex with a ...

Jason Linkins

Getting The Detroit Story Right | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

My recent interview with Dale Maharidge provided the occasion to bring up one of my favorite recent pieces of downturn-era media criticism, Vice Magazine's "Something Something Something Detroit", in which Thomas Morton described how the recession had sparked a "gold rush mentality" among journalists, looking to document some desolation on the cheap.

Jason Linkins

This Day In Newspapers And Their Pointless Journalistic Endeavors | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Print media: It's totally dying! And what can be done about it? The moment seems to call for a re-arrangement of journalistic priorities in the serv...

Has Iran Already Nuked Us!?

John Knefel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Knefel

It sure sounds like the media is congealing around a new meme like the unthinking wad of lard that they are.

Roman Polanski and the Distorted Media Hype

Janet Turley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Janet Turley

The Polanski case is not about justice -- that happened years ago. It's about not retraumatizing the survivor. The prosecution should respect her wishes to drop the case.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

For all our worries about Big Brother intruding on our lives, Big Brother has no way to stop individuals from intruding on him.

Jason Linkins

Dale Maharidge Interview: Covering The Economic Pain Of Real Americans | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Is today's media built for these times? Is it capable of covering the widespread economic downturn in a way that conveys the pain so many Americans are feeling? For insight, we turn to a man who is built to cover this crisis: Dale Maharidge.

Jason Linkins

MSNBC's Ratigan Interviews Michael Moore, Alludes To Why He Left CNBC | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

During today's edition of Morning Meeting, host Dylan Ratigan interviewed filmmaker Michael Moore on his new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, during w...

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ABC News' Tapper Advances "Defund ACORN" Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier this week, our own Ryan Grim reported on the incredibly true story of how Congress, in its zealous race to shower ACORN with digestive leaving...

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The Unintended Consequences Of The "Defund ACORN" Act | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The primary rationale -- the only rationale -- behind your representatives' decision in the ACORN matter was to ensure that their electoral hopes don't founder because of a media-driven scandal.

Jason Linkins

Politico's Thrush Apologizes For Using Misleading GOP Transcript Of Perriello [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The line between evaluative reportage and frenzied press release stenography often gets blurred in Washington, and this blurring is a feature, not a b...

Jason Linkins

Poll: Glenn Beck Enjoying Higher Favorability Than Rush Limbaugh | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver digs down into the recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll and unpacks some interesting data on Fox News' parano...