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Media Matters for America

Birthers, Billionaires and Fox: The GOP Freak Show in Full Effect

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.01.2012 | Media
Eric Boehlert

With a new breed of conservative media outlets making their presence felt during the 2012 campaign season, the emerging general election is being waged by the right with an unmistakable stamp of irresponsibility and a complete lack of adult supervision.

The Israel Firster Brouhaha & Why I Left Media Matters

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

A day after leaving Media Matters For America, I feel a need for an explanation beyond what I posted at the MMFA site. It was provoked by all the rig...

Conservatives Still Don't Understand the Trayvon Martin Story

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.05.2012 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The conservative press has now spent weeks, in full force, trying to spin away the Martin controversy. The fact that so many far-right players won't even acknowledge a key facet of the case suggests it's a story they cannot deal with honestly.

Limbaugh and the Right-Wing Nervous Breakdown

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.05.2012 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Republicans know this "slut" controversy has been a disaster for them politically, yet they were powerless to do anything about it. Powerless to stop it. That's because Republicans can't turn off the Noise Machine, even when it's in the throes of a nervous breakdown.

Murdoch's Legal Tab: Approaching $1 Billion

Eric Boehlert | Posted 04.23.2012 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Cultivating a culture of corruption can be expensive. Just ask Rupert Murdoch. His media behemoth News Corp. has spent nearly $900 million dollars in recent years cleaning up legal messes created by the unethical behavior of his employees.

Fox News And the Phony Koch Brothers Defense

Eric Boehlert | Posted 04.16.2012 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Fox News talkers who bemoan the Koch brothers having to endure any scrutiny while trying to bankroll Obama's defeat remind us of that conservative media truism: Bullies can't take a punch.

Gingrich Assailed by Conservative Press; Conservatives Blame "Liberal Media"

Eric Boehlert | Posted 04.02.2012 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Featuring mobile billboards and "Tell The Truth!" placards, a new campaign is drawing inspiration from Newt Gingrich's candidacy, and specifically Gingrich's calculated pushback against the press.

How Fox News Is Destroying the Republican Party

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.27.2012 | Media
Eric Boehlert

It's becoming increasingly clear that Fox's programming and the radical, fear-based agenda it's setting for Republicans is now doing lasting damage to the Grand Old Party.

Roger Ailes, Fox News, and the Rule Of Law

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck, Fox News' fiercest lightning rods, have quickly morphed from assets to liabilities for the network.

Ten Reasons Fox News Doesn't Really Care About The Egypt Story

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

You only have to watch Fox News for five or ten minutes to see their hearts just aren't in the Egypt story. The usual Fox News juice is completely missing. There's no swagger on-screen these days.

Glenn Beck Limps Into 2011 With Falling Ratings

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

I've been monitoring Beck's ratings for some time and I cannot recall a streak of weeks like this where he's so consistently fallen below two million viewers.

Get Progressively Trained

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cliff Schecter

As someone who has been involved somewhat in the punditry circuit (for lack of a better term), I have been asked by progressive friends what I think i...

Jon Stewart Did What Pundits and Reporters Should Have Done

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

By dedicating even a few minutes of his show to the 9/11 first responders bill and by interviewing key players in the saga, Stewart instantly lapped most of the Beltway press corps.

Fox News Runs Interference For GOP Obstructionism On 9-11 First Responders Bill

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

For his sake, I hope Fox News anchor Dave Briggs still has a job in 2011. The reason I'm not sure is because during his report this weekend about the fate of the 9-11 first responders bill he did the unspeakable: He told the truth.

Memo to the Media: They're Called "Obstructionists"

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

That sore-loser phrase doesn't seem to get much use these days. Yet watching Senate Republicans in essentially close down the chamber, I'm pretty sure that fits the working definition.

Amanda Terkel

Media Matters Hires Leader Of 'Stop Beck' Movement To Ramp Up Campaign Against Fox News

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The battle between progressives and Fox News just got hotter. Liberal watchdog Media Matters has hired one of Glenn Beck's key nemeses, ...

Fact: Tina Fey Was Right About Palin and the Rape Kits

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Before the story completely fades from view, it's important to note that Fey's claim about Palin and rape kits was accurate, no matter what right-wing bloggers say as they continue their ongoing effort to whitewash the thorny issue.

Memo To Media: There Is No Right-Wing "Smell Test"

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Did Sarah Palin's death panel claim pass any kind of smell test last year? And what about the right-wing blogosphere's freak-out this summer that Mexican gangs had invaded Texas? Of course not.

Memo to Media: The Tea Party Is Coming for You

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Please tell me Beltway media elites aren't oblivious to the fact that undermining the free press in this country remains a central, unshakable tenet of the Tea Party movement.

Time's Halperin Claims Chamber of Commerce Story's too "Convoluted." Like Whitewater Wasn't?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

This week, the Time writer downplayed allegations that the Chamber of Commerce is using foreign funds as part of its 2010 blitzkrieg to take down the Democratic Party in November.

Glenn Beck's Audience Already Has Done "Something Stupid"

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Is Glenn Beck, the self-described "progressive hunter," nervous that an act of vigilante violence will cast a cloud over his mini-media empire? If so, Beck's too late because that bloody ship has already sailed.

Public Yawns While Press Freaks out Over Mosque Story

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Is the Islamic center debate interesting, and does it carry with it some deeper political and cultural ramifications? Sure. And should it be covered? Absolutely. But a three-week running, front-page story? No way.

When Does Fox News' Ugly Muslim Bashing Become the Story?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

One month after launching a jaw-dropping campaign of racial discord and warning of a looming, Obama-led "race war," Fox News and the far-right media have turned the page of the hate hymnal and embraced a new enemy: Muslims.

Glenn Beck's Incendiary Angst Is Dangerously Close to Having a Body Count

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

We're going to see more attempts at vigilante violence during the Age of Obama simply because the right-wing media, lead by Beck, continue to gleefully stoke dangerous fires with relentlessly incendiary rhetoric.

Peggy Noonan's Shameless Attempt To Rewrite (Her Own) History

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

War hawks like Peggy Noonan have to find some way to wipe the slate clean. They have to at least try to rewrite history because if they let the true facts go unchallenged, that means liberal doves were right about U.S. foreign policy.