Stories by Eric Boehlert

Eric Boehlert is is a senior fellow at Media Matters for America. He's the author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush (Free Press, 2006) and Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press (Free Press, 2009). He worked for five years as a senior writer for Salon.com, where he wrote extensively about media and politics. subscribe to Eric Boehlert's feed

Posted on: Oct 16, 2014, Source: Media Matters for America

The fact that Americans have such a weak grasp on the facts doesn't speak well for the quality of coverage to date.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2014, Source: Media Matters for America

While bad news travels fast in the major news media, good news doesn't always get a fair shake.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2013, Source: Media Matters

Journalists continue to invoke the inapplicable "both-sides-are-to-blame" angle—they should know better.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2013, Source: Media Matters

The Fox talker whines about the media's leftist bias. Has he forgotten the Bush years?

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: Media Matters for America

There aren't many American political movements that have turned rackets into lasting political success.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2012, Source: Media Matters

Something is deeply amiss when completely misjudging the election can get you touted as a sharp thinker in the conservative media world.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2012, Source: Media Matters for America

The bow-tied clown is angry the press didn't immediately take seriously a non-news story the right-wing media manufactured.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2012, Source: Media Matters for America

Some contradictory messages in their stew of racial resentment.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2012, Source: Media Matters

The far-right press is convinced the selection of Ryan as VP is the boost Romney desperately needs, while GOP operatives fret Ryan just doomed any chance Romney had of capturing the White House.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2012, Source: Media Matters for America

For a Republican Party already suffering from a yawning gender gap, Limbaugh's hijacking of the news cycle last week must have been unwelcome news.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2012, Source: Media Matters for America

It's becoming increasingly clear that Fox's programming and the radical, fear-based agenda it's setting for Republicans is now doing lasting damage to the Grand Old Party.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2011, Source: Media Matters for America

What's stunning is how many different areas of the news and public policy Fox viewers are misinformed about.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2011, Source: Media Matters for America

Ailes, who runs Fox News as his personal fiefdom, has been thrust into the spotlight for potentially breaking the law, allegedly telling an employee to lie to feds.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2011, Source: Media Matters for America

"They’re a propaganda outfit but they call themselves news," says a former insider from the world of Rupert Murdoch.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2011, Source: Media Matters for America

Just one year ago, Fox News' Glenn Beck had a nightly audience of 3 million -- now his ratings are off by a third, and his radio show dropped in New York and Philadelphia.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2011, Source: Media Matters for America

"It's a big county and there's all kinds of people.," said progressive writer Frances Fox Piven in response to the violent rhetoric launched her way after being targeted by Beck.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2011, Source: Media Matters for America

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords appears be the latest victim of anti-government violence that has taken hold in America since 2009.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2010, Source: Media Matters for America

Fox's hatemongering against Muslims and African-Americans continues to mostly get a free pass in the media.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2010, Source: Media Matters for America

Right-wing media, led by Beck, continue to stoke dangerous fires with relentlessly incendiary rhetoric. We will see more tries at vigilante violence.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2010, Source: Media Matters for America

Irrational Obama Derangement Syndrome has spread across the airwaves, frothing into pure racist paranoia and hate talk.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2010, Source: Media Matters for America

"I'm wondering if Fox News isn't pressing up very closely to its tipping point; to the moment where Fox News reveals how certifiably insane it is by rushing to BP's defense."

Posted on: Jun 10, 2010, Source: Media Matters for America

Why does one of the largest newspapers in the country allow its political writer to routinely disrespect the president in a casually insulting way?

Posted on: Apr 6, 2010, Source: Media Matters for America

Glenn Beck has done more than any other person to amplify and mainstream the movement's hateful and foreboding anti-government message.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2010, Source: Media Matters for America

Fox News talkers did their best to trivialize the illegal, terrorist threats made against elected officials, and implied they were deserved.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2010, Source: Media Matters for America

How did health care go so terribly wrong for the Tea Party's true believers? They made the mistake of believing their own hype -- and Fox News.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

For the sake of NPR's long-term health and reputation, it needs to resolve two of its hosts' long-standing ties to Fox News

Posted on: Nov 10, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

The right-wing media are trying to play "king-maker." But they are incapable of picking winners and stand poised to rip the Republican Party apart.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

Fox News routinely, and blatantly, breaks the code to which ethical journalists are supposed to aspire.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

Fox News is now explicitly a pro-Republican channel. Now the press needs to change the way it covers Fox News.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

The right-wing is igniting the crazies by pushing them to snoop on everyday people.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

Meanwhile, the media has always lashed out at liberal protesters.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

Mini-mob members being treated as deeply important newsmakers is reminiscent of August 2004.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

Why are so many corporate news outlets silent about Limbaugh's offensive Hitler comparisons?

Posted on: Aug 3, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

A recent puff piece in the New Yorker legitimizes Savage's hate crusade.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

The media backlash that Dobbs set off made sure that nobody will ever take the birthers seriously again.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

The movement is a sinister attempt to paint Obama as illegitimate, foreign, and suspect. Why are pundits like Lou Dobbs taking it seriously?

Posted on: Jul 7, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

The split among conservatives over who's to blame for Palin’s early exit from the national stage is breaking out into the airwaves.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

The hate-filled rhetoric spewed by Fox pundits like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly is even alarming some of the people who work there.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

Agitators like O'Reilly and Beck traffic in incendiary rhetoric and it's pretty obvious where it's leading to.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2009, Source: Media Matters for America

Coverage of Sotomayor's nomination has been gruesome in so many ways, as reporters fail to reflect even the most basic tenets of journalism.

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