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Media Criticism

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

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...

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

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...

Jason Linkins

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...

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.

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.

Jason Linkins

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.

Time Magazine Gives Glenn Beck a Rave Review

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

David Von Drehle's article is a clinic for journalism students who wish to learn about faux balance, false equivalencies, straw men, and omissions of important facts.

Jason Linkins

Fox News Newspaper Ad Makes False Claims About Tea Party Coverage [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In this morning's Washington Post, on page A9, the Fox News Channel took out a full-page ad, chest-thumping about its coverage of this past weekend's ...

Time Misses the Mark with Glenn Beck Cover Story

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

Glenn Beck thinks Time's cover story on him is fair. This alone should make it clear to the casual observer that it is in fact anything but.

My Letter to Rupert Murdoch

Trish Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Trish Nelson

Dear Mr. Murdoch: I have been sickened and saddened by the choices your news organizations have made to show, over and over, on TV, horrible, hate inspired images against President Obama.

Jason Linkins

"Drop Dobbs": CNN Pressured To Give Up Controversial Host (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

CNN is facing pressure on a number of fronts to drop Lou Dobbs from their roster of on-air talent, a move that would force millions of Americans seeki...

Breaking News: Someone Says Something; Others Offended

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Several groups are angry with something said by someone in front of some people somewhere. Someone then appeared in a highly visible public forum where he or she apologized publicly.

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!

Jason Linkins

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.