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The Press Should Praise Obama's Second Term

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.03.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

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. So why isn't there more media credit directed his way?

Media Matters: Reporting on Corporate Reform and Omitting Walton, Gates, and Broad

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Is Media Matters selectively exposing corporate reform while trying not to implicate or offend the current or potentially-future Democratic White House?

Big Oil Ads Beat Out Climate News On CNN

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 04.26.2016 | Green

Fossil fuel ads are drowning out news reports about climate change on CNN. During one week in January, just after NASA announced that 2015 was the hot...

Trump's Media Makeover Game

Eric Boehlert | Posted 04.21.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

In the unlikely event Trump actually manages to find a softer, more "presidential" tone, and become slightly media shy, will the press dial back its obsessive, celebrity-like coverage, and apply a more critical eye to his wild claims?

The Staggering Numbers Behind the Media's Trump Obsession

Eric Boehlert | Posted 04.06.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

There's been lots of debate about whether the press "created" Trump's front-runner status via its obsessive (and often subservient) coverage. But it's also important to focus on the sheer tonnage of the Trump coverage and the wild inequity on display.

Shame on 'Washington Post' for a Coverup

Sandy Goodman | Posted 04.05.2016 | Media
Sandy Goodman

The Post certainly didn't lie; it simply made a big mistake. But corrections never do catch up with mistakes. And combined with a widespread and generally unwarranted mistrust of Clinton by the American people, those mistakes will certainly make her life and candidacy even more difficult.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.31.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

It's long past time for journalists to demand their freedom from Trump press pens. Escaping from the pens represents a simple way for news organizations to assert their obvious right to cover the Trump campaign on their own terms, rather than being penned in at campaign events and living in fear of having access denied if coverage is deemed to be too critical.

Conservatism -- License to Discriminate

Marvin Meadors | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Conservative lawmakers always want to punish someone. They see legislating as a way to crack down on those they do not like which usually includes anyone who does not look like them, practice their religion, sexual orientation or politics.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.18.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

This Trump campaign has produced all kinds of regrettable firsts this season, but one of the strangest twists has to be that some conservatives who have spent generations denouncing the press for being unfairly critical of Republicans have now completely flipped the script.

The Media's Not Being Honest About Its Trump Obsession

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.07.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The press insists the never-ending gusher of Trump media attention simply reflects his political significance. Or, that Trump just really likes to give interviews.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.02.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

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 awful campaign she was supposedly running.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.25.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Switching back and forth between MSNBC and CNN last Thursday night as they aired competing, hour-long interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, viewers ran the risk of whiplash. The threat lingered not just because Clinton and Trump were on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but because the tone and tenor of the two events seemed dramatically different.

The Sunday Talk Shows Didn’t Ask A Single Presidential Candidate About The Kalamazoo Shooting

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.22.2016 | Media

According to police, an Uber driver with a semi-automatic handgun terrorized the town of Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Saturday night, driving alongside res...

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.15.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Again and again, the press has depicted Obama's expected action in the wake of Scalia's death as being highly controversial or partisan, when in fact it's Republicans who are acting in erratic ways by categorically announcing they'll refuse to even consider Obama's next Supreme Court pick.

Clinton Campaign Coverage Goes Off the Rails -- Again

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.08.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Media message received: Clinton is loud and cantankerous! But it's not just awkward gender stereotypes that are in play these days. It's a much larger pattern of thumb-on-the-scale coverage and commentary. Just look at what seemed to be the press' insatiable appetite to frame Clinton's Iowa caucus win last week as an unnerving loss.

Trump's Humiliating Fox News -- Here's What It Means

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.28.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The underlying truth here is that if Fox News conducted itself as an ethical news outlet, these kinds of messy spats and hurt feelings wouldn't be an issue. Instead, Fox is often run as a RNC marketing arm, or a GOP clubhouse, raising expectations from Republicans in terms of how they'll be treated.

Sorry, Fox News: Benghazi Film Isn’t Really About Hillary

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 01.21.2016 | Media

Congressional Republicans have spent more than $20 million so far trying to prove that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton mishandled...

Bathroom Laws Policing Our Genitals

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This sort of inaction by lawmakers makes it increasingly unsafe and difficult for our transgender denizens.

Trump Bullies The Press -- And The Press Yawns

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.20.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

It's sad that Donald Trump is normalizing so many unsavory traits with his presidential push this season. He's normalizing bigotry and xenophobia in the campaign arena, for instance. He's also mainstreaming and manhandling the press.

The Media and Trump's Rally Thugs

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.11.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The press seems too nervous to call out the dangerous and disgusting behavior. People who cover politics know that what's unfolding at the Trump rallies is unheard of. They know it's extraordinary. They know it's potentially very dangerous.

Trump Resurrects Talk of Bill Clinton's Sex Life, the Press Cheers

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.05.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The bountiful coverage that Trump sparked with a few snide comments about Clinton highlighted the larger press phenomenon that fuels his campaign: Trump's run is essentially being paid for by the Beltway press.

Clinton, Trump, And How The Pundit Class Misread 2015

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.22.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

I have no idea what's going to unfold on the campaign trail in 2016. But I do know the press would be better off reporting the facts, rather than being tied to outdated narratives that don't reflect reality.

Trump, The Press, And How To Treat a Liar

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.07.2015 | Entertainment
Eric Boehlert

There's nothing wrong, or incendiary, or biased about using "liar" when it's accurate. Even when the liar is today's GOP frontrunner. In fact, especially when the liar is a political frontrunner eying the White House.

The Planned Parenthood Attack and How Homegrown Terrorism Gets Downplayed by the Press

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.02.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Imagine if a Muslim gunman had opened fire at an American shopping center on Black Friday, shot eleven people and killed three, including a police officer. Do you think CNN would have broken away from programming just hours after the shooter was apprehended in order to air a pop culture documentary?

David Brock: Hillary's the One

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

In the Commonwealth Club audience were more than a few who had earlier chanted "Run, Bernie run!" when another candidate dropped by, but Brock got a rousing applause. The left, it seems, is substantially more considerate than the right.