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Going Rogue with Fact Checking

Janet Turley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Janet Turley

It's no surprise that Going Rogue has spun such a widespread reaction. Sarah Palin is a polarizing figure that rarely makes anyone indifferent to her....

Jason Linkins

CNN Taking Credit For "Balloon Boy" Scoop They Blew

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I can't help but notice that in its recent report on the "Balloon boy" incident of last week, which authorities are now treating as a staged hoax, CNN...

Jason Linkins

Mark Foley Slams Max Baucus, Compares Scandals: 'They Had Me Run Out Of Town'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This weekend's tempest in a teapot involved a now six-day-old video clip of Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) yelling at Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) abo...

Jason Linkins

Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sportswriter, Literally Eats His Own Words (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Tribune columnist -- the author of an "unflattering assessment of Bulls center Joakim Noah" -- eats his own words. Maybe Rick Reilly should consider what will wash down his predictions about the Broncos!

Jason Linkins

Media Struggles To Reconcile Dow Surge With Unemployment

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hey, kids! Did you get the funny feeling in the past 48 hours that the legal tender in your wallet felt a little more bald-eagley? There's a reason ...

Jason Linkins

Why Progressives Might Want To Kill The Health Care Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The fight for health care reform has this week been overtaken by the fight over the quality of the fighting, as the emerging point of debate becomes w...

Jason Linkins

Five Eliminated In WaPo's Important Pundit Contest

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post is searching for America's Next Top Cheaply-Bought Purveyor Of Online Opinion, and yesterday, the paper made its first round of cr...

The Media, Mark McGwire, and Chew

David Roher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Roher

The media performs a great disservice when it treats steroids as miracle drugs.When we link PEDs to McGwire, we link steroids to success that had very little to do with drugs. It's like featuring the Beatles as the center of an anti-pot campaign.

Jason Linkins

How Watching Cable News Induces Despair

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What could have possibly reduced Center For American Progress blogger Matt Yglesias to a state of "agitation," "despair," anger, and "helpless[ness]" ...

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

Don't tell me that nontroversy doesn't matter. With nearly as many Americans approving of Palin as Obama, nontroversy really, really matters.

Jason Linkins

Hollywood And Washington, D.C. Are Very Much Alike

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Jason Linkins

WSJ's Thomas Frank Assails WaPo's Coverage Of Lobbyists

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Jason Linkins

Obama Trip To Copenhagen Sparks Olympic-Sized Derangement

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Jason Linkins

This Day In Newspapers And Their Pointless Journalistic Endeavors

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Jason Linkins

Polanski Arrest Causes Mass Dementia Among Apologists

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Jason Linkins

Getting The Detroit Story Right

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

Dobbs Takes Aim At HuffPost Critic

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Jason Linkins

Politico's Thrush Apologizes For Using Misleading GOP Transcript Of Perriello [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...