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Jason Linkins

Iowa GOP Worries Iowa Might Lose Relevance In 2016, Based On Stuff That Didn't Happen In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Over at The New York Times, Jonathan Martin has the story about the GOP state party officials in Iowa, fretting that they're facing the possibility th...

Reflections on Miley Cyrus's 'We Can't Stop'

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Is Miley America's young, waiting to be devoured? Is she our new Princess of Pop, or is she a princess waiting to be popped? Or is Miley all of us, all of us in our toiling, immature machinations of narcissism?

Jason Linkins

Impeachment Fantasies Fill Out The Dull Last Days Of August

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

Idle hands are the devil's playground, especially during these dog days of summer where the "news" is supposedly "slow." And so it really shouldn't be...

Jason Linkins

The Quran-Burning Preacher Is Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Three years ago, in one of the sorriest episodes of American life, a great dollop of excrement in human form named Terry Jones capitalized on a slow-n...

Trump '16? Big Media Digs Deep

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.16.2013 | Media
Michael Sigman

During the 2012 Republican primary, the media had its fun with the pseudo-candidacy of Donald Trump, who dropped out without having dropped in because...

Jason Linkins

Former WaPo Ombudsman To Jeff Bezos: Fire Jennifer Rubin

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.15.2013 | Media

Patrick Pexton, who served as the ombudsman of the Washington Post from March 2011 to March 2013 (at which point the Post decided it wasn't going to h...

Jason Linkins

Why Is CNN Turning Its Website Into A Mood Ring?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.15.2013 | Media

When you go to CNN.com are you "often overwhelmed" by it? Does it "sometimes seem like a machine that spits out breaking news?" I sort of think that C...

Jason Linkins

Welcome To The Internet, David Brooks!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

This past weekend's Sunday shows were their typical wealth of human wreckage, what with all this stuff that happened, and also this stuff, as well as ...

Jason Linkins

At Some Point, The GOP Has To Realize That The Sunday Shows' Bookers Are Making It Look Terrible

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

This week, "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" kicked off with a question: "Why is Donald Trump stumping in Iowa?" This answer to that question is ...

Jason Linkins

Hillary Clinton Infotainment And Its Discontents

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

The first big universal kerfuffle of the 2016 election season, which is still many hundreds of days away, isn't about policy, or the readiness of a pa...

Is Anthony Weiner to Blame for the Media Circus in the New York City Mayoral Race?

Mario Almonte | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Mario Almonte

Journalists and bloggers, like giggling, grade-school children, can't seem to contain themselves over the opportunity to make fun of the boy in the mayoral race with a name that sounds like a male body part.

Jason Linkins

Here Are 5 'Green Lantern' Options Open To President Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

The short version of my post from Wednesday about the limits of presidential power and influence is simply this: The process of policymaking affords ...

Jason Linkins

What If Ron Fournier Can't Read?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

Lord knows I don't relish having to come into these pages and explain over and over again why the Total Willpower Theory of presidential tactics is co...

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News Organizations Struggle With The Word 'Slutbag'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

Last night, the exemplar of politesse that is the Anthony Weiner mayoral campaign took a turn that we should have perhaps expected, when his communica...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.27.2013 | Media

Good morning to everyone and welcome to another editiion of your quickly-typed, reaction-filled, attempt at a chronicling of the fuzzy images and even...

Critics Miss Irony in Royal Baby Comment

Victoria Arbiter | Posted 09.25.2013 | Media
Victoria Arbiter

To address when I commented -- with deliberate irony -- how "brilliant a royal Kate is" [for having a boy], perhaps I should share the historical context that some appear to have missed, where many a royal wife suffered at the hands of her husband for not producing a male heir.

Jason Linkins

OMFG ROYAL BABY DAY 2013, Remembered

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.23.2013 | Media

A historic uprising yesterday in the birth canal of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has apparently ended in the successful birth of a presum...

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Nate Silver Was Apparently Really 'Disruptive' In The Way He Got Lots Of People To Visit The New York Times' Website

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan weighs in on this weekend's big media news -- the departure of polling guru Nate Silver from the Times ...

How This Boy's Story Would Have Been Told If He Were White

sociological images | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents

Editor's Note: Lisa Wade, PhD originally wrote this posted this piece on The Society Pages in 2010. In the wake of last week's verdict in the George Z...

Exclusive: There Is More To Motherhood Than A Post-Baby Bod

Kate Spencer | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Kate Spencer

Our cultural conversation about pregnancy, birth and motherhood is way off from what the actual experience is. And it's hurting women.

Jason Linkins

Politico's Article On The Aftermath Of 'This Town' Is Sofa King Dumb

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

It is impossible to overstate just how idiotic Politico’s latest piece on New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich's new book, “‘This Town’ ratt...

Point the Finger at You: Who to Blame for the Zimmerman Trial?

Rahfin Faruk | Posted 09.12.2013 | Media
Rahfin Faruk

For the last month, the George Zimmerman trial controlled the airwaves. From MSNBC to 20/20, every news program has provided disproportionate coverage to a case that has sparked important discussions about American race relations, identity and politics.

Jason Linkins

Vito Fossella Denies The Media A Third Ring For Their New York Political Circus

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.11.2013 | New York

The New York Observer's Colin Campbell made good use of the sudden return of Eliot Spitzer to the political limelight, corralling the would-be New Yor...

Jason Linkins

Now Is The Perfect Time To Talk About How It Is A Terrible Time To Talk About 2016, Apparently

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Writing in the National Journal, political analyst Charlie Cook asks the question, "Is 2016 really worth all this talk just yet?" And then he answers ...

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Who Should Stop Writing About Egypt Today?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics

Here is some good news for The New York Times' David Brooks: He hasn't actually written the worst thing about the ongoing disorder in Egypt today. ...