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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...

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...

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...

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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...

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.

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

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...

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.

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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.

Jason Linkins

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.

Jason Linkins

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.

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.

Jason Linkins

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...

Jason Linkins

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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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!

Jason Linkins

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.