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The AP, And Why The Press Has Trouble Admitting Its Clinton Mistakes

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.29.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

"When we're wrong, we must say so as soon as possible." Associated Press guidelines. Somebody inside the Associated Press should hide the shovels so ...

In The Name Of Optics, Beltway Press Renews Its War On The Clinton Foundation

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.24.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

It's almost like someone posed a collective challenge to the press: Try to turn landmark charitable giving into a bad-news story for the Clintons.

Trump Dares the Press With His Tax Returns

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.12.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

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.

David Brock on Target Again in 'Killing the Messenger'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The book should be required reading by members of the media. It might get them to think twice as they are preparing what will be endless columns on Clinton until the election.

Bill O'Reilly's Alleged Lies Now Fill A Book

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.08.2015 | Media

On Tuesday, progressive watchdog group Media Matters released a 56-page, six-chapter ebook detailing the many alleged inaccuracies surrounding Bill O'...

Surprise! Sunday Talk Shows Are Mostly White Dudes

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.19.2015 | Media

This shouldn’t surprise anyone: the vast majority of guests appearing on the five big Sunday shows are white men. Liberal watchdog Media Matters...

TV News Does A Complete 180 On Ebola Coverage After Midterms

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.19.2014 | Media

Network news coverage of the Ebola virus abruptly and dramatically fell off following the midterm elections earlier this month, according to a new stu...

Dave Jamieson

Media Matters To 'Walk The Walk,' Let Employees Unionize | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Employees at the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America will soon vote on whether or not to join a union. Last w...

Dave Jamieson

Pro-Labor Group's Workers Feel 'Betrayed' By Its Opposition To Their Union | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

The apparent decision by executives at Media Matters for America to oppose the unionization of their staff has left employees at the progressive media...

Will the Press Let Chris Christie Clear Himself?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.27.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The pressing, constitutional question wasn't whether Nixon himself had drawn up the harebrained scheme to break into Democratic Party offices inside the Watergate apartment complex in 1972. It was whether Nixon knew his underlings were running a criminal enterprise from inside the executive offices. The same holds true for Christie today.

Campaigns in Waiting: The Press Loved Bush's But Dumps on Clinton

Eric Boehlert | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Keep in mind Clinton isn't even a candidate yet. And the general election won't be held for more than 1,000 days. But that hasn't stopped the Beltway press from obsessing over her on a daily basis and routinely detailing all the things wrong with Clinton's would-be run.

With Christie Scandal, Right-wing Media Confront Their Obama Fantasy of Thuggish Corruption

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.16.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Despite the hundreds of hours Republican congressional committees have spent trying to ferret out Obama scandals, and the thousands of hours the right-wing media have devoted to that same goal since 2009, Christie's office last week produced the type of smoking-gun document that Obama's critics can still only dream about. But of course they'll keep dreaming.

How the Media Marketed Chris Christie's Straight Shooter Charade

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.11.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Christie's coverage has been a long-running, and rather extreme, case of personality trumping substance. But now the bridge bombshell casts all of that flattering coverage into question.

WATCH: This Man Gets Paid To Be Sexist

Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Wall Street Journal contributor and editorial board member James Taranto has some very peculiar views on women's rights. For example, he'd have yo...

Verdict Is In: California Courts Hellish

Sara Warner | Posted 02.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

Isn't it funny when you totally agree with somebody, but for totally different reasons? The D.C. based American Tort Reform Association released a report on Tuesday designating California as the nation's leading "Judicial Hellholes," and cited Los Angeles for being its hell-raising center.

Amanda Terkel

Media Matters Declares Victory: 'The War On Fox Is Over' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Since its founding in 2004, the progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America has been a thorn in the side of Fox News. Its dozen...

How the Press Turns All News Into Bad News for Hillary Clinton

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.02.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Despite Clinton's enviable position with regards to her sky-high name recognition, a proven ability to fundraise, and her strong favorable ratings, the starting point for much of the Clinton coverage lately is She Might Be Doomed.

WMD Guilt? With Obamacare, The Press Keeps Trying to Minimize Iraq War

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Suggesting that Obama's six-week health care crisis puts him in the same position of Bush following the Iraq invasion softens not only the magnitude of Bush's failures, but the media's as well. It's an effort to downplay the massive missteps that led to the war.

CBS News: We're Sorry, But Not That Sorry

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Why did the National Guard story require a painstaking autopsy performed by outside observers, but Benghazi garnered just a 90-second correction on 60 Minutes? Are CBS executives that nervous about what an autonomous review might undercover this time?

Media Botches Obamacare

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

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.

Obama, The Press, And the 'Leadership' Charade

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

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?

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.15.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

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.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

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.

Syria and the Beltway Media Crackup

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.20.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Pressed, lots of pundits agreed that getting Assad to both finally acknowledge his chemical stockpile, and to agree to dismantle it were positive developments. But that concession was eagerly overridden by the media complaint that Obama said the wrong things.

WATCH: The Best/Worst Of Fox News Losing It Over Trans Bathroom Bill

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Last week we brought you "Fox and Friends" freaking out over California's awesome transgender bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this month. ...