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The Turf Battle Getting Sidestepped In The Clinton Email Story

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.18.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The media's frantic coverage of the ongoing controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's secretary of state emails -- and whether some of them contained classified information -- regularly presents the allegations as being precise and unambiguous.

How Fox News and Donald Trump Ate the Republican Primary

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.12.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The head of a "news" organization was phoning up a presidential candidate in order to clear the air; to assure the Republican he'd get fair coverage. Welcome to the house of mirrors created by Ailes, and welcome to the Republican Party's Lost Summer of Trump, sponsored, of course, by Rupert Murdoch's cable channel.

Can The New York Times Salvage Its Clinton Coverage?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 07.27.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Election Day is 400-plus days away. Can the New York Times' Clinton coverage be salvaged, or is the paper no longer an honest player?

How The Press Missed The Trump Surge

Eric Boehlert | Posted 07.22.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Is Trump's run really that surprising? It shouldn't be if you've been paying attention to the radical, obstructionist turn both Republican politics and the right-wing media have taken over the last six-plus years. Yet during most of that span, the D.C. media stoically pretended the GOP hadn't taken an ugly, radical turn.

FLASHBACK: When Mitt Romney Avoided The Media -- And The Media Didn't Freak Out

Eric Boehlert | Posted 07.16.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

It's interesting to note that during his 2012 campaign, Romney often distanced himself from the campaign press and provided limited access, the same allegations being made against Clinton this year. But the way the press covered the two media strategies stands in stark contrast.

The Christie Collapse and a Media Dream Dashed

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.30.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Of all the announced Republican candidates -- and those still queuing up this summer -- Christie, without question, enjoyed the most unique and encouraging relationship with the Beltway press corps. For years, there was an almost tribal affection for Christie and his bullying personality among the Acela media class.

Guns, Race, and Fox News' Pathological Denial

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.22.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Like so many Americans, Fox News has been reeling in the wake of the massacre, except reeling in a different way. While Americans recoiled from the raw hate behind the gun rampage, Fox News wrestled with bouts of pathological denial.

Rush Limbaugh Demoted to Another Irrelevant, Ratings-Challenged Station in a Major Market

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.17.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The good news for Rush Limbaugh: One month after being notified he was getting dumped by his Boston talk radio host station, the talker has a new AM home in New England. The bad news: The station currently boasts a 0.6 rating.

The Press and Bernie Sanders

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.29.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

In the month since he announced his bid, Sanders' coverage seems to pale in comparison to comparable Republican candidates who face an arduous task of obtaining their party's nomination. The reluctance is ironic, since the D.C. press corps for months brayed loudly about how Hillary Clinton must face a primary challenger. Now she has one, and the press can barely feign interest?

Where's The Media's Ebola Mea Culpa?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.14.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

I don't blame editors and producers for wanting to move on from the mess, but that's not how accountability for the free press is supposed to work. Endowed with extraordinary rights and privileges, a free press has a responsibility to own up to its shortcomings in order to avoid repeating them in the future. And Ebola represented a colossal blunder.

What The New York Times' Murdoch Alliance Means for 2016

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.27.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

If The New York Times has decided to throw its hat into Murdoch's ring this campaign season, even just occasionally, as with Clinton Cash and The Tangled Clinton Web, the results for Democrats could be troubling. Conservative misinformation is always most dangerous when it's given legitimacy it doesn't deserve.

Chipotle Week: How Bad Can Campaign Coverage Get?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.17.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Less than one week into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and it's a blurry image from a fast-food restaurant security video that's emerged as the defining media image.

Page One: How the NY Times Treats Republicans Vs. How It Treats Hillary Clinton

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.08.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Republican White House hopefuls have received better, more sympathetic press coverage than Hillary Clinton, whose page-one coverage to date has been almost devoid of positive Times treatments.

Bill O'Reilly's Alleged Lies Now Fill A Book

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.08.2015 | Media

On Tuesday, progressive watchdog group Media Matters released a 56-page, six-chapter ebook detailing the many alleged inaccuracies surrounding Bill O'...

Bill O'Reilly Blasts 'Corrupt Far Left Group' Media Matters

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.20.2015 | Media

Sparked by the "Blockupy" protests outside of the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt Wednesday night, Bill O'Reilly railed against the co...

Meet Your New Media Matters Columnist: James Carville

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 03.13.2015 | Media

Media Matters has a new guest columnist. Liberal political commentator and Democratic strategist James Carville will now serve as a recurring guest...

Gabriel Arana

Watchdog Group Asks New York Times For Correction On Clinton Emails Story | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.03.2015 | Media

Liberal watchdog Media Matters has sent a letter asking New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan for a “prominent correction as soon as possib...

Bombshell New York Times Report On Hillary Clinton Email Account Disputed

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

The Daily Beast and Media Matters on Tuesday pushed back against a New York Times report that suggested former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may ...

Gabriel Arana

Somehow, 'Melissa Harris-Perry' Has Managed To Find Non-White Guests. Here's How. | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.03.2015 | Media

This year marks yet another inflection point on our way to becoming a “majority-minority” country. In 2015, for the first time, millennials -- 42 ...

Roque Planas

Research Group Media Matters To Scrutinize Hispanic News More Closely | Roque Planas | Posted 03.02.2015 | Latino Voices

Media Matters is taking a closer look at Latino news. The research group known for calling out what it considers “conservative misinformation...

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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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.