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Trump's Is No Longer A TV Ratings Magnet. Sad!

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.10.2017 | Media
Eric Boehlert

President Donald Trump might have been cheering the New England Patriots' historic comeback on Super Bowl Sunday, but he couldn't have been happy abou...

Canada's Alt-Right Mosque Shooter And What He Means For Right-Wing Media

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.01.2017 | Media
Eric Boehlert

For the extreme alt-right movement, Trump has arrived as its Oval Office savior, as the two sides team join forces to wage war on jihadists supposedly pouring across America's borders.

Trump's Deep Character Flaws Will Define His Presidency; Media Should Focus Attention There

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.26.2017 | Media
Eric Boehlert

We know of no other president in American history who has started out his tenure by unfurling two preposterous bookend lies, the way Trump did during his first days in office.

How The Press Never Stopped Blaming Obama For Radical GOP Obstruction

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.19.2017 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The erroneous analysis represents a safe refrain that's been repeated by journalists for years, as they've collectively convinced themselves that Obama's culpable for the radical Republican obstruction that partly defined his two terms.

Faced With Trump's Looming Press Crisis, Media Embrace Timidity And Accommodation

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.09.2017 | Media
Eric Boehlert

A president-elect who has refused for nearly 170 days to hold a press conference and who has essentially closed off all meaningful access to political reporters -- while constantly publicly denigrating journalists -- doesn't deserve to be rewarded with off-the-record bull sessions.

President-Elect Trump Is Historically Unpopular; His Press Coverage Should Reflect That

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.03.2017 | Media
Eric Boehlert

There are lots of ways the political press continues to normalize President-elect Donald Trump's often radical behavior.

We Should Keep An Eye On NBC's Relationship With Trump

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.14.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Conversely, what if the new Apprentice turns into a ratings behemoth? Will NBC News think twice about airing a blockbuster scandal report about Trump corruption, for instance, knowing it could damage a key NBC primetime asset?

Stop Normalizing Hate: Reactionary White Nationalism Doesn't Equal 'Populism'

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.30.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The process by which the media continue to normalize President-elect Donald Trump and the extreme elements that now define his pending administration is achieved story-by-story, headline-by-headline, and even adjective-by-adjective.

Of Course The Press Played A Major Role In Trump's Victory

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.16.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Journalists don't seem interested in self-examination, and they certainly don't seem open to admitting that their occasionally colossal blunders helped tip the scales in Trump's favor.

The Media Failed Americans This Election Season

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.07.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

For the entire year, the networks have devoted zero minutes to in-depth policy discussions of climate change, drugs, poverty, guns, infrastructure, social injustice, or the deficit. But they dedicated 125 minutes to Clinton emails.

'Green News Report' - November 3, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.10.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: President Obama suggests re-routing the controversial Dakota Access pipel...

And People Wonder Why Hillary Clinton Might Not Trust The Media? (Email Coverage Is Good Clue)

Eric Boehlert | Posted 10.31.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Any general fear Clinton might have that reporters tend to gorge on GOP talking points while presenting a slanted view of breaking news about her was certainly confirmed by the initial wave of wild and irresponsible Comey email coverage last week.

Journalists Never Figured Out How To Handle Trump's Lies

Eric Boehlert | Posted 10.25.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

As Donald Trump's three-ring circus-style campaign of misinformation winds down, one of the lingering questions is whether the press has helped normalize the kind of post-truth performance that the Republican presidential nominee has so enthusiastically embraced.

Wounded, Trump Retreats Into The Fringe Media Bunker

Eric Boehlert | Posted 10.11.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Why does there remain a small, but obviously powerful pocket within the Republican Party, or at least within the Trump campaign and within the fringe confines of the conservative media, that sees this topic as the Most Important Issue Facing America?

Why Doesn't The Media Cover Clinton's Supporters Like They Do Trump's?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 10.07.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Obviously, both general election candidates have been the subject of never-ending campaign coverage. But when it comes to spotlighting and understanding their supporters, journalists seem far more keyed in on Republicans in terms of time and attention.

Barricaded Behind Fox News For Months, Trump's Debate Debacle Was Guaranteed

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.28.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Trump represents a presidential nominee who exhibits no intellectual curiosity, nor any commitment to facts. He's the Fox News id.

Sunday Talks Shows Should Have Exposed Trump's 9/11 Lies

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.12.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The shows could have spent time examining the unflattering examples of Donald Trump caught telling lies about Sept. 11, exaggerating about 9/11 and just being wildly inappropriate while discussing Sept. 11. But the Sunday shows didn't do that this week.

How Clinton Emails Became The New Whitewater Scandal

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.15.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Journalism is often about priorities. The act of news gathering and storytelling is more than assembling facts and quotes and providing context. It's also about deciding what's important and specifically which stories are more newsworthy than others.

Trump's Dangerous Embrace Of Right Wing Media Insurrectionism

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.10.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Trump's campaign and his media allies are increasingly embracing the dead-end view of right-wing politics where violence is justified to right a perceived wrong -- where violent political action might need to be taken by private citizens to curb a dangerously powerful federal government.

Fox News Coverage Gives Donald Trump Mastery Over Both Politics And The Economy

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Klein | Posted 08.05.2016 | Media

Fox News has aired 175 segments relating to the economy in the past six months, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been a guest for ...

Limbaugh Renews His Contract, But At What Price?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.02.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Rush Limbaugh's radio business model has been cracked and broken for several years. News this week of his four-year contract extension does little to repair those fractures, but does raise the specter of his eventual departure from the AM dial.

Climate Change And The Media

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.01.2016 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

All In With Chris Hayes (MSNBC) hosted a series looking at how climate change is impacting Americans from Alaska to Florida. Hayes has consistently been on the cutting-edge of bringing environmental stories to his audience.

Ailes, Trump And The Republican Reckoning

Eric Boehlert | Posted 07.20.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Ailes' brand of hatred and paranoia, once a small, ugly part of the GOP appeal, is now synonymous with the Republican Party thanks to its nomination of Trump, who rose to birther fame among conservatives via Ailes' open door policy in 2011.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 07.15.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Before Bundy's sudden fall, Fox News touted him and his anarchic militia supporters as symbols of American resistance. Keep that in mind next time a Fox talker denounces Black Lives Matter as lawless.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 07.05.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

For Beltway journalists, the turf battle at the center of the email kerfuffle represented a bonanza of news possibilities and months, if not years, of dubious spinning, with the prevailing storyline always being the same: This is really bad for Hillary Clinton.