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Jason Linkins

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...

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Press Can't Wait For Public Option To Die | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at Mediaite, Tommy Christopher notes the panting way the media has dug into reporting on the demise of the public option. See, now that the medi...

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WaPo's Kornblut Goes From Belittling To Praising Hillary Clinton In Three Days | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This afternoon on MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell was joined by the Washington Post's Ann Kornblut, to talk about the goings on between President Barack Obama,...

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Health Care Co-Op Supporters Don't Know What They're Talking About | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So! Have you heard about these HEALTH CARE CO-OPS? If you watched any news at all yesterday, the answer is yes! And as you heard people on the teev...

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Washington Post Profile Describes The Economic Misery Of Well-Off People | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Have you heard about this nationwide economic crisis we're facing? Yeah, a lot of people are hurting out there. But riddle me this: does any journal...

Taking the Long View on Iran

Ajay Singh Chaudhary | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ajay Singh Chaudhary

In Iran, these periods of quiet should not be interpreted as meaning that this movement has died off or that aspirations have folded.

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Bolton Decries Release Of Euna Lee And Laura Ling | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Euna Lee and Laura Ling are safe at home and in the warm embrace of loved ones and it's hard to feel bad about this. But, since Bill Clinton has a han...

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Keith Olbermann Playing Viewers For Fools On O'Reilly Truce | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Olbermann will likely survive this episode. Why shouldn't he? He's obviously been a good company man! But his actions in this matter truly insult all of the viewers that look up to him as a non-coward voice in the media.

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CBS Reports On Town Hall Mobs, Ignores Corporate Sponsors | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

CBS News aired a brief segment Monday night documenting the uptick in publicly demonstrated opposition to health care reform, which has been recently ...

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Economist: U.S. More Permissive Of Torture Than China | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, The Economist posted poll numbers on global attitudes towards torture, pulled from 2008 research conducted by World Public Opinion. The Ec...

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Alex And Jason Have Questions For The News: Texting While Driving | Jason Linkins and Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

At issue today is a report on AC: 360 that sought to totally expose how dangerous it was to send text messages to your friends while driving a car. Now, one would think that this is a pretty simple issue to discuss.

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Dobbs' Ratings Take A Hit Over "Birther" Controversy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Backing the "Birthers" may be a good way to gain notoriety and attract criticism, but it's proving to be ratings poison for Lou Dobbs. The New York O...

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Polls Show That People Don't Know What They Want But They Want It Right Now (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sometimes, our political leaders are incoherent in their own unique ways. On other occasions, it's clear that they are just reflecting the incoherenc...

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Blasts Glenn Beck On Twitter | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As America is poised to slide into the slow-news month of August, our top media professionals seem poised to spend the next 30 days at each other's throats.

Sarah Palin, George Will, and Potemkin Debates

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

The debate over climate legislation as carried out by conservatives has taken on a surreal tinge: they don't think the problem the legislation is designed to solve is actually a problem.

The "Birthers" and Our Ailing Political Culture

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

These birthers represent a small but vocal minority in this country who have somehow failed to grasp that American democracy is rooted in a set of principles, not a set of demographic characteristics.

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Press Corps Warns White House Of Increased Adversarial Tone If They Aren't Nicer To Press Corps | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hey, folks, have you checked your local listings? Big press conference tonight! You know what that means, right? Big bitching from the White House ...

Sarah Palin Ad Nauseum

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Francis

By landing a media gig in New York or LA, Palin would have a chance to catapult her brand beyond all other potential candidates.

The Day the Dialogue Died: Remembering George Liston Seay

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Milewski

George was a practitioner of the increasingly lost art of conversation. He found his fellow humans, of all political persuasions, endlessly fascinating and used his program to learn about them.

How Political Journalists Wreck Politics

Jeremy McCarter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeremy McCarter

Henry Fairlie witnessed -- and diagnosed with remarkable acuity -- the birth of a kind of media/political complex inside the Beltway.

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Chuck Todd And Glenn Greenwald Debate Torture And The Media | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I've been remiss in not following up on the podcast discussion that Salon's Glenn Greenwald and MSNBC's Chuck Todd gave yesterday, that I previewed on...

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Chuck Todd And Glenn Greenwald To Debate Torture Investigations (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Salon's Glenn Greenwald called out MSNBC's Chuck Todd at great length Wednesday for a segment Todd participated in on Morning Joe in which, per Green...

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Sanford's Media Emails: News Orgs Offered Friendly Spin [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Remember, not too long ago, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford just disappeared off the face of the earth to gently strum Spandau Ballet ballads on ...