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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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.17.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.14.2015 | 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, ...