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Eric Boehlert
A senior fellow at Media Matters for America, and a former senior writer for Salon, Boehlert's books include "Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over for Bush," and "Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press." He can be reached at

Entries by Eric Boehlert

Ailes, Trump And The Republican Reckoning

(24) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 11:04 AM

Who could have scripted a doomsday scenario for the Republican Party that would feature Fox News' Roger Ailes reportedly being ousted as chief of Rupert Murdoch's right-wing outlet amidst mounting allegations of sexual harassment, the same week political novice Donald Trump secures the GOP's nomination?

Last summer, both...

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Fox News Attacks Black Lives Matter As 'Lawless' After Cheering Cliven Bundy's Lawless Militia

(120) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 10:48 AM

Photo: Reuters

Fox News has rediscovered its love of law and order.

In the wake of protests across the country by Black Lives Matter activists following the deaths of two African-American men at the hands of police, Fox has spent days loudly denouncing the group...

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Will Media Finally Bid Farewell To Clinton Email "Scandal"?

(3) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 2:14 PM

First Benghazi, and now Hillary Clinton's emails.

If critics hoped so-called Clinton scandals were going to derail the Democrat's White House campaign, they're going to have to devise a new strategy as the long-running controversies continue to be deflated via official inquiries.

Confirming what many intelligence and legal...

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Farewell To Fox News' Benghazi Hoax

(4) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 3:22 PM

To the surprise of no one, the Republicans' four-year partisan inquisition surrounding the terrorist attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya, is likely ending with a whimper. With the House Select Committee on Benghazi finally releasing its findings, and the report representing the eighth and (likely) final government investigation...

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Is Trump's Campaign Just Another Conservative Con? And Should The Press Cover It That Way?

(8) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 10:13 AM

"Conservatism is a racket for a lot of people to get very, very rich. With no thought of winning elections." MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, 2012.

Stunned reporters this week have been unrelenting in depicting Donald Trump's campaign as one whose wheels have not only come loose,...

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Pushing For Mosque Surveillance, Fox News Is Fighting The Last War

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 3:47 PM

Reaching for one of its favorite War on Terror talking points, Fox News is leading a charge in the wake of the Orlando gun massacre to push for surveillance of mosques in America. Convinced that a pressing response to the attack on a gay nightclub is for law enforcement to...

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Dear CNN, It's Not Too Late To Fix Your Jeffrey Lord Problem

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 9:23 AM

The good news for CNN was that a panel discussion Tuesday night featuring Donald Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord went viral and produced all kinds of media buzz. The bad news for CNN was that lots of people were mocking the segment and shaking their heads at the idea...

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Vetting Trump: The Vietnam War

(50) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 11:13 AM

Donald Trump recently made headlines when he spoke at the annual Rolling Thunder biker rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Portrayed as a way to "bolster support among veterans," Trump rallied the crowd of bikers and their supporters with promises to "rebuild our military" and "take...

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Embracing the 'Clinton Crazies,' Trump Becomes AM Talk Radio's Nominee for President

(16) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 11:01 AM

Rolling out a 1996-era campaign that primarily targets Bill Clinton instead of Hillary, Donald Trump continues to wallow in all kinds of conspiracies that were once eagerly promoted by right-wing "Clinton Crazies" two decades ago. Those were the hardcore Clinton haters who spent the 1990s absorbing AM talk...

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Trump Dares the Press With His Tax Returns

(9) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 12:30 PM

Talk about burying the lede.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Donald Trump made big news by suggesting he wasn't going to release his tax returns this year. But instead of trumpeting the news, the AP focused its headline on Trump's VP search. The outlet initially inserted...

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Pundits' New Lament: Clinton Might Win, But She Won't Win The Right Way

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 9:35 AM

That distant rumble you're hearing from the Beltway is the sounds of pundits eagerly excavating as they dig up the campaign goal posts established for Hillary Clinton's presidential run and reset them during the middle of the race.

After months of suggesting her White House push was possibly doomed, that...

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Obama's Boasting Reagan-Like Approval Ratings, So Where's The Media Attention?

(34) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 11:34 AM

For a leader regularly written off by the press as a lame duck 18 months ago, President Obama has tallied some major wins during his second term, and voters have taken notice. He's normalized relations with Cuba, implemented a historic Iranian nuclear deal, signed a global climate pact...

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Trump's Media Makeover Game

(16) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 12:18 PM

If you noticed that the last two Sunday mornings were slightly less chaotic on the talk show circuit, that's because Donald Trump broke with his longstanding TV tradition and did not appear. (He didn't even call in.) For five months running, Trump had been a fixture on the Sunday shows...

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The Staggering Numbers Behind the Media's Trump Obsession

(14) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 9:25 AM

2-to-1. 5-to-1. 10-to-1.

Those are some of the lopsided ratios that appear when you start examining just how imbalanced the campaign coverage has been in favor of Donald Trump this election cycle. And it's not just that front-runner Trump is getting way more media time and attention than front-runner Hillary...

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It's Time for Reporters to Break Out of the Trump Rally Press Pens

(17) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 10:48 AM

Is the only thing more shocking than Donald Trump's campaign manager being charged with simple battery of a reporter the fact that the crime isn't all that startling, given the bullying campaign's open contempt for reporters?

Enough is enough.

With Trump's top aide, Corey Lewandowski, now facing charges,...

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Strange Days: Conservatives Criticize 'Liberal Media' for Being Too Soft on GOP Front-Runner Trump

(55) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 10:24 AM

Following CNN's Republican Party primary debate last week, the conservative site NewsBusters, which exists to bash the press for its supposed liberal bias, quickly published a piece focusing on the debate moderators' prime-time performance. No doubt NewsBusters was furious with CNN, right?

Recall that last November, following a...

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The Media's Not Being Honest About Its Trump Obsession

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 8:29 AM

Right after the Feb. 25 Republican debate, front-runner Donald Trump was interviewed at length on the debate stage by CNN's Chris Cuomo. The move seemed a bit odd, since during the debate Trump dominated the speaking time compared to the other candidates. And now he was given even...

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After Super Tuesday, It's Time for the Press to Drop Its Doomsday Clinton Coverage

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 9:53 AM

The time has come for the campaign press to finally pack away its Hillary Clinton doomsday script.

Since the new year, much of the Clinton campaign coverage has revolved around trying to detail her weaknesses, stitching together scenarios where she would fail, and just generally bemoaning what an...

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Campaign Press Adopts the Trump Rules -- They're The Opposite of the Clinton Rules

(92) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 9:38 AM

"For now, Trump is generally considered a unicorn -- a candidate who gets away with things no one else could." Washington Post, February 22.

Switching back and forth between MSNBC and CNN last Thursday night as they aired competing, hour-long interviews with Hillary Clinton and

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As Obama Moves to Replace Scalia, the Press (Once Again) Enables Radical GOP Obstruction

(221) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 9:30 AM

In the wake of Antonin Scalia's sudden death, the Beltway press almost immediately began to seamlessly frame the unfolding debate about the Supreme Court Justice's replacement along the contours of Republican talking points. To do so, the press continued its habit of looking away from the GOP's stunning record of...

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