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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?

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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.

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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...

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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...

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Noonan's 'Catastrophic Success' Argument Was Better When Matthew Dowd Originally Made It | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media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

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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...

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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.

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Apple Tablet Triumphalism Unleashed | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As the first few days of 2010 unfold, the media world is heatedly debating whether or not the forthcoming Apple iSlate will finally "save journalism."...

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Columnist Defames Dead Man Wrongly Called Child Molester By Her Paper | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jonathan Turley flags an absolutely appalling column in the Toronto Star written by Rosie DiManno, concerning the suicide of a Toronto teacher named D...

Jon Meacham Turns Newsweek Into the Onion

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Taylor Marsh

Here's some advice: skip Newsweek's next issue. Read this instead. It's about Afghanistan and Tora Bora, one of the biggest mistakes of the Bush-Cheney era, which Meacham ignores in cherry picking his case for Cheney.

Mr. and Ms. Gates Go To Washington, Host Roundtable On Global Health Funding

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Diane Tucker

The Gateses are visiting our nation's capital to reframe the conversation about global health aid. They said we should spend more time talking about what works and how to measure it.

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Fact-Check Fetish Now Being Applied To Sketch Comedy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Does anyone actually expect SNL to get its facts straight? Well, yes! Very recently, the show ran another sketch that featured Armisen as Obama. This actually led to CNN factchecking the show.

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Slate's Tim Noah: "Political Reporters Are Momentum Junkies" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at Slate, Timothy Noah examines how it came to pass that a slight uptick in polled approval for the already vastly popular public option got tran...

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Bush Officials Admit They Support Obama's Counterterror Policies | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Matt Yglesias grabs a key paragraph from Peter Baker's lengthy New York Times magazine piece, "Inside Obama's War On Terror", in which Baker finds a c...

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WaPo's Cohen Suggests That Nidal Hasan Investigation Needs More McCarthyism | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As facts continue to emerge about alleged Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan, reasonable people should be able to agree that serious questions need to be as...

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Goldman Sachs Gets Free Passes From The Press | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Things are really looking up for Goldman Sachs! Earnings are up and bonuses are booming. And let's not overlook the value of some underreported commodities that the financial firm is trading on -- free passes from the press!

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President Obama Did Use The Word 'Terrorism' At West Point, Despite What You May Have Heard | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It seems to me that if the aftermath of the Crotchfire Attack on NWA Flight 253 proved anything about Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), it's that hi...

Newsweek Ed's Poem Skewers Lou Dobbs

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

Lou Dobbs resigned from CNN on Wednesday night. Newsweek's longtime senior editor Jerry Adler published a poem in honor of the occasion entitled "Goodbye, Mr. Dobbs."

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Media's Balloon Boy Coverage Filled With More Hot Air Than Actual Balloon | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As details emerge, we learn more about how Richard Heene has a thing for hoaxes, which raises the specter that it was the media, not a six-year old child, that was taken for a ride. Not that it matters!

How Will Tiger Do? A Statistical Look at Returns From Scandals Past

David Roher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Roher

What can we learn about how Tiger will do upon his return from other athletes who have also returned from scandal-fueled absences?

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...