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Media Matters' Joe Strupp Compares Bill O'Reilly To Jayson Blair

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.25.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Bill O'Reilly has already been compared to Brian Williams amid the controversy of alleged falsehoods in O'Reilly's reporting, but Media Matters' Joe S...

So Where's Fox News' Internal Review of O'Reilly's Disputed 'Combat' Tales?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.23.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

As controversy surrounding Bill O'Reilly and his previous claims of harrowing "combat" journalism escalates, this would be the moment when most news organizations would step in and announce that an internal review was underway to ascertain the truth. But not Fox News.

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...

Sarah Palin and the Demise of Tea-Party Media

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.30.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Palin's accelerated descent this week represents a larger trend within the conservative media. It represents the decline of the tea-party wing of the right-wing press and how a once-flourishing enterprise of outside upstarts, with their eyes on disrupting the GOP hierarchy, have in recent years faded in terms of importance and prestige within that sphere.

Fox News' Very Bad 2015

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.21.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

It's not even February and Fox News is already having a really bad year. If Obama's rebounding approval ratings didn't sting badly enough, Fox at the same time continues to wrestle with the unfolding crisis over its demonstrably false claim that some parts of Europe have become "no-go zones" for non-Muslims.

Lacking All Self-Awareness, Fox News Now Blasts Obama as 'Obstructionist'

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.12.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

In an extraordinary and at times comical about-face, Fox News has ushered in the new year by joining forces with Republicans to denounce President Obama for obstructing Congress and standing in the way of legislative accomplishments.

Tyler Kingkade

Conservative Writer George Will Gets An Unflattering 'Award' | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.22.2014 | Media

Conservative columnist George Will will be named the "Misinformer of the Year" by Media Matters on Monday, staffers at the liberal-leaning group tell ...

Farewell, Colbert Nation

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.14.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

By embracing the absurd and truly embodying it, Colbert has made politics and public policy uproariously funny, while providing much-needed bouts of sanity for devoted news junkies.

New Benghazi Spin: Republicans Are in on the Cover-Up, Too

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.08.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

A Republican-chaired committee report that debunks Benghazi conspiracies is now being used as a rallying cry for conservatives who are convinced the report raises more pressing questions. Do you see where this closed, hermetically sealed loop is designed to lead us?

Where Are the 'Comeback' Columns About Obama?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.03.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The media's "comeback" double standard seems to reflect the misguided Beltway consensus that America's a center-right country, so of course it was only a matter of time before Bush regained his footing (he didn't) and that Obama would likely fade away during his second term (he hasn't).

Majority Of Fox News Guests Discussing Ferguson Are White

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.01.2014 | Media

"Fox News Sunday" had a disproportionate number of white guests on air to discuss the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the resignation of officer D...

Media Lessons From The Benghazi Charade

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.24.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Apparently if the seventh investigation finds wrongdoing on the part of the administration, that's the one that will really matter? Sorry Fox News, but six strikes and you're out.

Shouldn't Educators Be The Ones Discussing Education On Cable News?

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by 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...

How the Press Is Doing the GOP's Ebola Bidding

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

If the news media's job is to educate, and especially to clarify during times of steep public concerns, then the news media have utterly failed during the Ebola threat. And politically, that translates into a win for Republicans because it means there's fertile ground for their paranoia to grow.

When There's Nothing Left to Uncover About Hillary

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

There's no other public figure active in the U.S. political arena today (possibly other than the one who currently occupies the Oval Office) who's been more scrutinized by the media, who's endured more "scandal" coverage, who has been thoroughly trashed by the partisan press opponents, and who still comes out the other side marching on. So now what?

From Tragedy to Farce: How Fox News and the GOP Tarnished Benghazi

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.16.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Benghazi has been politicized in the most disturbing way possible, to the point where Fox News and conservatives have turned an American tragedy into something of a macabre Twitter punchline.

When Fox News Didn't Blame the (GOP) President for Beheadings

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.05.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

With a Democratic president, many talkers from 2004 now turn their attention, and their wrath, to Pennsylvania Avenue and use the deaths as a cudgel to bash the president as being impotent -- i.e. "He didn't prevent the deaths!" Of course neither did Bush, but the Fox rules of propaganda were different for him.

When GOP Hopeful Rudy Giuliani Earned $11 Million in Speaking Fees And D.C. Press Didn't Care

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.21.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

When you examine the two sets of facts, the press treatment and the gaping media double standards in play for Giuliani and Clinton could not be more vivid: The D.C. press holds the Clintons, and Democrats, to a much tougher standard than they do Republican candidates.

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change Gets More Air Time On Some TV News Shows | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– So far, 2014 has seen a renewed interest in climate change on the Sunday morning political talk shows. In just the first six months of...

Rick Perry and How the Press Loves to Treat GOP Campaign Losers Like Winners

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.14.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Less than three years ago, Rick Perry showed himself to be an extraordinarily bad campaigner with a tin ear for retail politics. Yet today, Perry is touted by the Beltway press as a "handsome" and "underrated" campaigner who stands poised for greatness in the next presidential campaign. Somewhere Al Gore must be shaking his head.

Dave Jamieson

Media Matters' Staff Votes To Join Union | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The staff of the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the Service Employe...

By Rehabilitating Iraq War Boosters, Is the Press Trying to Forgive Itself?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The head-scratching question continues to be, why? Why are the discredited "experts" who botched Iraq last time now being a given a platform to comment on the military crisis they helped create?

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...

Why Isn't Chris Christie Derided for Being "Testy"?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.16.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The media message to Clinton was clear last week: You can't lose your cool when dealing with the press. You can't try to intimidate reporters. Who is allowed to do all those things? Chris Christie, for one.