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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.

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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...

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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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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 ...

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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...

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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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Dobbs Takes Aim At HuffPost Critic | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Scroll down for audio CNN birther-monger Lou Dobbs apparently reads the internets and had many nerves touched by one of our own bloggers, Roberto Lov...

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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...

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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...

Conservative Radio Host Blasts "Mindless...Pathetic" Beck For McCain Criticism

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As readers are no doubt aware, Glenn Beck went online for an interview with Katie Couric to insist that the country would have been worse off under Senator John McCain. So not surprisingly, there's a backlash brewing, courtesy of one of Beck's fellow right-wing talkers.

The Two Presidents Are In Sync Using the Media to Deliver the Message: CGI Opens in NYC.

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

The Clinton Global Initiative is a magnificent prelude to the meetings to be held later in the week with the Chinese government and other world leaders at the United Nations. This is a true gesture of unity.

Jason Linkins

WaPo Critiques Obama With "Expert" Panel Of Five Republicans, Two Dems | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post on Tuesday called in a panel of "experts" to weigh in on President Barack Obama's attempt at the Modified, Limited Ginsburg over t...

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Murkowski Staffer Confuses 'Reporter' With 'Tape Recorder' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

There is so much to enjoy in this piece on Enviroknow, in which a blogger contacts Senator Lisa Murkowski's office to ask about a bogus set of talking...

Eight GOP Politicians Parrot False $1,761 Talking Point on Costs of Climate Bill

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

When your position is based on ignoring science to prop up polluting industries -- as is the case for many Republican politicians -- you have little choice but to cite misleading statistics to make your point.

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The Best And The Worst Of Obama's Speed-Date With The Sunday News Anchors | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This Sunday, as you are no doubt aware, President Obama invited State Of The Union, Face The Nation, Meet The Press, This Week, and NOT FOX NEWS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES into the White House to attempt "The Full Ginsburg", which is a term given to anyone who attempts to appear on all five Sunday morning political shows.