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Jason Linkins

CNN's Sloppy Reportage Needlessly Panics Nation | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Thanks to CNN's overactive imagination, news consumers experienced a brief dose of 9/11 nostalgia panic as a routine Coast Guard training exercise magically transformed into a touch-and-go bit of terrorist interdiction on the high seas!

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Orange County Register Publishes The Single Most Tasteless Sports Column In The History Of Written Language | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Oh dear. On Labor Day, the Orange County Register published a column by Mark Whicker that I fear is the odds-on favorite to be the Worst Newspaper Co...

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Olbermann Retracts "Fox-Twa" on Glenn Beck | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In the wake of the Van Jones resignation, an aggrieved Keith Olbermann took to the pages of DailyKos and issued a call for an online witch hunt of Glenn Beck. Cooler heads now prevail.

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Joe Klein: Public Option Support Has Lost To Right-Wing Smears | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at Time's Swampland today, Joe Klein takes on the public option in a post titled "What The Public Option Actually Does." The actual work of expl...

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Lewin Group Rears Its Head On Eve Of Health Care Reform Address | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

McClatchy is reporting today on a new study by the Lewin Group, a health care research organization that purports to be independent but is actually a subsidiary of health insurance giant UnitedHealth.

School Daze: That Speech Was Controversial?!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Take heart, my friends. Our national leaders and media titans aren't nearly as spineless, as clueless, as paranoid as they appear to be. It's all an act.

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Everything You Need To Know About Czars | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Driving today's fearful discussion about czars this morning is a Politico article that 's a fine example of what it does best: provide a distillation of political scuttlebutt and press releases into a story.

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Opposing Obama's School Speech Isn't Partisan -- It's Just Crazy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

With Obama's school address now behind us, the claims made by opponents of the address look more absurd than ever. And yet it should have never come to this point.

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WorldNetDaily Gaining Influence As Sensible Conservatives Push Back | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This past Tuesday, I posted an item on a recent effort launched by the conservative bloggers at The Next Right seeking to challenge WorldNetDaily, an ...

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Pro-Reform Rally In Seattle Ignored By Media | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I have personally never been to Seattle, Washington, but I am reliably informed that it is a major American city that enjoys many of the technological...

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MSNBC Showcasing Pat Buchanan's Hitler Apologia [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, the world was appalled anew by Pat Buchanan, as he commemorated the 70th anniversary of Hitler's invasion of Poland by offering up one of h...

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David Broder Spends Entire Column Contradicting Himself On Torture | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Is David Broder having some sort of internal argument with his own brain, on the pages of the Washington Post? Because I'm totally casting Andy Serkis in the movie version of this column!

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Mika Brzezinski Struggles To Get Morning Joe Colleagues To Take Kabul Contractor Scandal Seriously | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Did you hear about that time a bunch of private security contractors went to Afghanistan to guard State Department facilities in Kabul, and turned it into a non-stop orgy of drunken insanity? Not all of the Morning Joe gang took it seriously.

New York Times Challenging Itself to Get Worse at Being a Newspaper

John Knefel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Knefel

The problem with the public's perception of a public option is that many are completely misinformed by the media, who when it isn't actively distorting the debate, is playing the role of lazy stenographer.

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WorldNetDaily Faces An Organized Challenge From The Right [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you've ever suffered yourself to visit conservative website WorldNetDaily, you've probably despaired at the collection of nonsense and mental deran...

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Glenn Beck Tells Listeners That 2008 Election Was A "Coup" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This morning, on his radio show, Beck told his listeners that "they" -- a word he'll use fourteen times inside a minute and a half -- have staged some sort of coup d'etat, that "they" have cleverly disguised as an election. It's only Monday!

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WaPo Jumps On "Underwear As Economic Indicator" Beat | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post has some good news for everyone during these recessionary times: your recovery may be jobless, but more and more, people are buyin...

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Alabama NBC Affiliate Reports On Mysterious Broom | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

An Alabama NBC station is reporting that a broom is standing on its own, "unsupported," inside a consignment shop. Yes. That is what is going on in t...

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Detroit Overrun With Lazy Journalists Looking For Trite Depictions Of Poverty | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Detroit. If you are like most Americans, you haz a sad about Detroit. You ponder Detroit and you think of the hard times that have befallen the auto...

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Strange Zombie Pasta Art Undercuts NYT Editorial | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On the New York Times' op-ed page today, Chiara Volpato offers readers a piece entitled "Italian Women Rise Up," which details the extent to which a n...

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Cheney Sets "Semantic Trap" For Media, Media Blunders In Headlong | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier this year, Dick Cheney called for the declassification of two CIA documents that he said would vindicate the use of torture in the war on terr...

NY Times Mega-Softballs Napolitano on Sunday, Exposes Department Abuses on Thursday

Nathan Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nathan Robinson

On Sunday, the New York Times Magazine ran an absurdly fluffy interview with Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security.

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Newsweek's Alter Accuses the "Angry" Left Of Forsaking The "Moral Core" Of Health Care Reform | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Today, on MSNBC, the notion of "moral obligation" was offered both as a central driving principle behind reform -- and as a brickbat against the "angry" left, and their pursuit of a public option.

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Health Care Co-Ops Baffle The Media (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, I took a look at One Day In The Incoherent Life Of Health Care Co-Ops, as the media endeavored to explain what a health care co-op is, how ...

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WaPo Unleashes Army Of Anonymous Sources To Slag Public Option | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I've said for a long time now that the press has long endeavored to diminish the public support for the "public option," characterizing it as one of t...