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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 mishandle...

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.

Trump Bullies The Press -- And The Press Yawns

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.20.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

It's sad that Donald Trump is normalizing so many unsavory traits with his presidential push this season. He's normalizing bigotry and xenophobia in the campaign arena, for instance. He's also mainstreaming and manhandling the press.

The Media and Trump's Rally Thugs

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.11.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The press seems too nervous to call out the dangerous and disgusting behavior. People who cover politics know that what's unfolding at the Trump rallies is unheard of. They know it's extraordinary. They know it's potentially very dangerous.

Trump Resurrects Talk of Bill Clinton's Sex Life, the Press Cheers

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.05.2016 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The bountiful coverage that Trump sparked with a few snide comments about Clinton highlighted the larger press phenomenon that fuels his campaign: Trump's run is essentially being paid for by the Beltway press.

Clinton, Trump, And How The Pundit Class Misread 2015

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.22.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

I have no idea what's going to unfold on the campaign trail in 2016. But I do know the press would be better off reporting the facts, rather than being tied to outdated narratives that don't reflect reality.

Trump, The Press, And How To Treat a Liar

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.07.2015 | Entertainment
Eric Boehlert

There's nothing wrong, or incendiary, or biased about using "liar" when it's accurate. Even when the liar is today's GOP frontrunner. In fact, especially when the liar is a political frontrunner eying the White House.

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

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.02.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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.