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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...

Dave Jamieson

Media Matters To 'Walk The Walk,' Let Employees Unionize

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Dave Jamieson

Pro-Labor Group's Workers Feel 'Betrayed' By Its Opposition To Their Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

The apparent decision by executives at Media Matters for America to oppose the unionization of their staff has left employees at the progressive media...

Will the Press Let Chris Christie Clear Himself?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.27.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The pressing, constitutional question wasn't whether Nixon himself had drawn up the harebrained scheme to break into Democratic Party offices inside the Watergate apartment complex in 1972. It was whether Nixon knew his underlings were running a criminal enterprise from inside the executive offices. The same holds true for Christie today.

Campaigns in Waiting: The Press Loved Bush's But Dumps on Clinton

Eric Boehlert | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Keep in mind Clinton isn't even a candidate yet. And the general election won't be held for more than 1,000 days. But that hasn't stopped the Beltway press from obsessing over her on a daily basis and routinely detailing all the things wrong with Clinton's would-be run.

With Christie Scandal, Right-wing Media Confront Their Obama Fantasy of Thuggish Corruption

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.16.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Despite the hundreds of hours Republican congressional committees have spent trying to ferret out Obama scandals, and the thousands of hours the right-wing media have devoted to that same goal since 2009, Christie's office last week produced the type of smoking-gun document that Obama's critics can still only dream about. But of course they'll keep dreaming.

How the Media Marketed Chris Christie's Straight Shooter Charade

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.11.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Christie's coverage has been a long-running, and rather extreme, case of personality trumping substance. But now the bridge bombshell casts all of that flattering coverage into question.

WATCH: This Man Gets Paid To Be Sexist

Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Wall Street Journal contributor and editorial board member James Taranto has some very peculiar views on women's rights. For example, he'd have yo...

Verdict Is In: California Courts Hellish

Sara Warner | Posted 02.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

Isn't it funny when you totally agree with somebody, but for totally different reasons? The D.C. based American Tort Reform Association released a report on Tuesday designating California as the nation's leading "Judicial Hellholes," and cited Los Angeles for being its hell-raising center.

Amanda Terkel

Media Matters Declares Victory: 'The War On Fox Is Over'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Since its founding in 2004, the progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America has been a thorn in the side of Fox News. Its dozen...

How the Press Turns All News Into Bad News for Hillary Clinton

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.02.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Despite Clinton's enviable position with regards to her sky-high name recognition, a proven ability to fundraise, and her strong favorable ratings, the starting point for much of the Clinton coverage lately is She Might Be Doomed.

WMD Guilt? With Obamacare, The Press Keeps Trying to Minimize Iraq War

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Suggesting that Obama's six-week health care crisis puts him in the same position of Bush following the Iraq invasion softens not only the magnitude of Bush's failures, but the media's as well. It's an effort to downplay the massive missteps that led to the war.

CBS News: We're Sorry, But Not That Sorry

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Why did the National Guard story require a painstaking autopsy performed by outside observers, but Benghazi garnered just a 90-second correction on 60 Minutes? Are CBS executives that nervous about what an autonomous review might undercover this time?

Media Botches Obamacare

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The rocky rollout of Obamacare has prompted commentators to attack the president and his team for having three years to plan for the launch and still not getting it right. But the same can be said for an awful lot of reporters doing a very poor job covering Obamacare.

Obama, The Press, And the 'Leadership' Charade

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Isn't there a strong argument to be made that, by staring down the radicals inside the Republican Party who closed the government down in search of political ransom, Obama unequivocally led? And that he led on behalf of the majority of Americans who disapproved of the shutdown?

The Shutdown's Radical Birther Streak That the Press Can No Longer Ignore

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.15.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The extraordinary shutdown maneuver, based upon unprecedented demands, only begins to make sense when the truly extremist nature of the GOP'S activist base is taken into account.

'Safe Seats' and the Media's Soft Spin About Radical Republicans

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

One of the universal truths about the current government shutdown is that more Republican members of the House have adopted increasingly brazen political strategies because they're elected from safe districts. That storyline is deeply flawed, however.

Syria and the Beltway Media Crackup

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.20.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Pressed, lots of pundits agreed that getting Assad to both finally acknowledge his chemical stockpile, and to agree to dismantle it were positive developments. But that concession was eagerly overridden by the media complaint that Obama said the wrong things.

WATCH: The Best/Worst Of Fox News Losing It Over Trans Bathroom Bill

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Last week we brought you "Fox and Friends" freaking out over California's awesome transgender bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this month. ...

Move Over Climate Deniers, Here Come Racism Deniers

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.25.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

That right-wing refutation has been found on the fringes of the conservative movement for years, if not decades. But in recent weeks, the blanket denial of the existence of racism has been mainstreamed and embraced as an empirical far-right truth.

Trayvon Martin and Why the Right-Wing Media Spent 16 Months Smearing a Dead Teenager

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.16.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

One of the puzzling questions surrounding the public saga of Martin's death has always been why the partisan, conservative political movement in America, led by its powerful media outlets, felt the need to become so deeply invested in the case.

For Zimmerman Trial, A Right-Wing Race to the Bottom

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.11.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The trial, and the irresponsible right-wing commentary surrounding it, represents the latest example of how the conservative press remains incapable of dealing honestly with issues that the nation grapples with when an African-American (Democrat) sits in the White House.

New York Times' Douthat: Curbing Gun Violence Isn't a Priority; Calls It a "Pet" Cause

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

There's something callous and almost tasteless about casually dismissing as a "pet cause" the 32,000 Americans who die each year from gunfire, and the 70,000 more who are injured by firearms.

Sorry Rush, Nixon Spied on Enemies; Viewed the IRS as a Political Weapon

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.11.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The controversies swirling around the IRS and the NSA are significant ones. But full-time Obama critics like Limbaugh can't stop inventing facts. They also can't stop trying to bolster "scandal" claims by making absurd comparisons to Nixon's previous criminal behavior.

It's Called Freedom of the Press for a Reason

Eric Boehlert | Posted 07.24.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Imagine what international observers must be thinking as they watch the U.S. government, in the name of leak investigations, chisel away at one of America's most famous contributions to the democratic way of life: freedom of the press.