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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.

Farewell To Fox News' Benghazi Hoax

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.28.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Unsure they could defeat Clinton at the ballot box, and lately even more unsure that Trump is competent enough to run a White House campaign, Republicans were hoping and praying for an investigative intervention to stop Clinton.

Is Trump's Campaign Just Another Conservative Con?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.23.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Stunned reporters this week have been unrelenting in depicting Donald Trump's campaign as one whose wheels have not only come loose, but whose doors and windows have also flown off the hinges.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.16.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

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.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.09.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

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 that Lord is employed by the network as a political analyst.

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.