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Entries by Eric Boehlert from 10/2013

How the Press Helped Cause the GOP Shutdown

| Posted 10.01.2013 | Media

What's been clear for years is that the press clings to its preferred storyline: When Republicans obstruct Obama's agenda, the president's to blame for not changing the GOP's unprecedented behavior. In other words, "both sides" are to blame.

'Safe Seats' and the Media's Soft Spin About Radical Republicans

| Posted 10.08.2013 | Media

One of the universal truths about the current government shutdown is that more Republican members of the House have adopted increasingly brazen political strategies because they're elected from safe districts. That storyline is deeply flawed, however.

The Shutdown's Radical Birther Streak That the Press Can No Longer Ignore

| Posted 10.15.2013 | Media

The extraordinary shutdown maneuver, based upon unprecedented demands, only begins to make sense when the truly extremist nature of the GOP'S activist base is taken into account.

Obama, The Press, And the 'Leadership' Charade

| Posted 10.22.2013 | Media

Isn't there a strong argument to be made that, by staring down the radicals inside the Republican Party who closed the government down in search of political ransom, Obama unequivocally led? And that he led on behalf of the majority of Americans who disapproved of the shutdown?

Media Botches Obamacare

| Posted 10.31.2013 | Media

The rocky rollout of Obamacare has prompted commentators to attack the president and his team for having three years to plan for the launch and still not getting it right. But the same can be said for an awful lot of reporters doing a very poor job covering Obamacare.