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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.30.2015 | 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.

Sale Of Blue Nation Review Gives Hillary Clinton Camp Its Very Own Media Outlet

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton ally David Brock is acquiring a media outlet, sources involved in the negotiation and sale of the site tell The Huffingt...

When Fox News Didn't Blame The White House For A Huge Terror Attack In Europe (Hint: Bush Was President)

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.18.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

For anyone who's been watching the Fox News coverage since Friday and seen the almost non-stop smear campaign against Obama (it's been part of the larger, right-wing media freakout), it's almost unimaginable what the Fox commentary would sound like if ISIS killed hundreds in America during next year's campaign.

After Obsessing Over Clinton Finances, Is Press Giving Rubio a Pass?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.10.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Question: If Hillary Clinton had used a Democratic Party-issued credit card to pay for a $10,000 family reunion, do you think the press would treat that revelation as a very big deal?

The GOP's Debate Debacle: Will Republicans Get Away With Bullying the Media?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.03.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Republicans, in mid-game, are now trying to dictate the terms of the debates. Donald Trump is even negotiating directly with television executives in an effort to alter the content and format. The unprecedented blitz sends a clear message that if moderators aren't nice to candidates, and if there are any objections over "tone," future debates might get yanked.

Waiting for the Media's Benghazi Mea Culpa

Eric Boehlert | Posted 10.26.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

By raising so few doubts about the absurdity of creating yet another Benghazi inquisition last year, the press helped fuel the charade that unfolded last week. It's time to own up to the unpleasant truth.

The Benghazi Committee's Out Of Control Effort To Destroy Hillary Clinton

David Brock | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
David Brock

The Benghazi investigation was never about getting to the bottom of what actually happened. It was always a dirt-digging operation, a wild search for some hint of scandal that could stop Barack Obama from being re-elected, and, when that failed, stop Hillary Clinton from succeeding him.

It's Time For the Press to Break Up With Trey Gowdy's Benghazi Committee

Eric Boehlert | Posted 10.15.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

By any commonsense standard, Gowdy's inquiry has been a Congressional bust. If that's effectively highlighted during Clinton's nationally televised testimony, and if Democrats continue to press forward with their procedural attempts to dismantle the costly committee, Gowdy's time in the spotlight might be quickly ending.

Benghazi, Emails, Planned Parenthood: How Press Keeps Enabling GOP's Orchestrated Distractions

Eric Boehlert | Posted 10.01.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Sadly, the busted Planned Parenthood, Benghazi and email diversions simply represent the latest creations from the GOP distraction model. Conservatives have been using it, on and off, for two decades -- and the model works best when the Beltway press plays along.

Trump and How the Media's Birther Blind Spot Keeps Getting Bigger

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.09.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

It's true Trump's candidacy has for the most part shied away from the touchy birther issue this year. But it's also true that it was his bizarre birther campaign that catapulted Trump to Republican stardom in 2011.

So Now Even the Boring Clinton Emails Are Big News?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.03.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Presented as containing some damning revelations, upon closer examination the emails simply produced more yawns. They contained nothing proving any kind of wrongdoing on the part of Clinton. (Unless Clinton aide Huma Abedin using emails to organize a small dinner for the former secretary of state now qualifies as wrongdoing.)

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.