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Media Criticism

Jason Linkins

The Case Against Reporting Sarah Palin's Status Updates | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If reporters want to actually engage Sarah Palin in questioning, they should stop pretending her various posts to online social media -- to which no one in the world requires reporters to access or penetrate, anyway -- represents some sort of blockbuster, journalistic "get."

Media Madness: Going Rogue Over Sarah Palin

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Guttman

Enough already on Palin and her new book! The national media is creating a best seller for the former GOP vice-presidential candidate by its harsh criticisms of her.

Jason Linkins

CNN To Disclose Castellanos's Health Care Industry Ties | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A day after Media Matters revealed that Alex Castellanos' consulting firm is connected to the recent anti-health care reform advertising blitz from America's Health Insurance Plans, CNN has announced that they will disclose Castellanos' ties to the health care industry in future appearances.

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."

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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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"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 ...

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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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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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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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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.

Jason Linkins

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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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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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...

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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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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?