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Eric Boehlert is the author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush (Free Press, 2006). He worked for five years as a senior writer for Salon.com, where he wrote extensively about media and politics. Prior to that, he worked as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Boehlert has a bachelor's degree in Near Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts and is a Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America.
(17 comments) Sunday, July 14, 2019 Dangerous liaisons: Fox News teams up with Russian agents to undermine democracy
With the revelation this week that Fox News helped Russian intelligence agents spread the vulgar conspiracy theory about Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich's murder in 2016, we have entered a dark and dangerous place. We're at the point where a major American cable news channel teamed up with forces from a foreign adversary in order to damage a major political party in this country.
(1 comments) Sunday, June 30, 2019 The final score as Sarah Sanders exits White House: Sanders, 1, the press: 0
White House reporters, who spent the previous year being lied to by Sanders and scolded by her in public for peddling "fake news," shamefully arranged to have drinks with her as part of a fond farewell. They lifted their glasses to a press secretary who hadn't held a White House press briefing in 100 days.
Sunday, June 16, 2019 Four years ago today Trump launched his campaign. Media still hasn't figured out how to cover him
The campaign press simultaneously showered Trump with nonstop attention, while making sure to give him a pass on policy. Trump's announcement speech on June 16 was just the first of endless campaign addresses he gave that were carried live and in their entirety -- while speeches made by Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were virtually ignored by cable news.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Here we go again: The campaign press is obsessing over white working-class Trump voters
There's the collection of blue-collar Trump supporters; the interviews conducted inside roadside diners and saloons; and the plainspoken oaths of loyalty offered up to the president. The trusty props are all being dusted off for the 2020 campaign season, as journalists document Trump's "tight bond" with Midwestern working-class voters.
(2 comments) Wednesday, May 8, 2019 New York Times gets caught peddling bogus GOP attack on Democratic candidate -- again
Despite all of that fact-checking and public debunking during the 2016 campaign, the Times couldn't find the time or space to inform its readers that the GOP book the paper wildly hyped turned out to be a dishonest, partisan hit job. Now here we are in 2019, and the Times is doing Schweizer's deceitful bidding once again.
Monday, May 6, 2019 Trump's cover-up is now in plain sight. Will the press say so?
The corruption and contempt for transparency is out in the open, with united Republicans flaunting their radical ways. This creates a whole new challenge for Beltway journalists, who for generations have been trained to uncover scandals and root out wrongdoing done in private. But how does a press corps deal with a Trump team that doesn't even bother to hide the ugly stuff?
(2 comments) Sunday, April 21, 2019 After the Barr hoax, press has no reason to ever believe Trump team again
Barr's completely dishonest re-imagining of Mueller's sprawling investigation ought to signal a long overdue turning point for the press. This ought to be the moment when journalists acknowledge to themselves, and possibly to the public, that Donald Trump's radical administration is incapable of being honest, about anything, ever.
(4 comments) Friday, November 9, 2018 Arizona GOP Sues To Prevent Full Vote Count In Senate Race
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Rep. Martha McSally remain separated by less than 20,000 votes, in a race where more than 600,000 ballots remain uncounted and nearly two million people voted. Yet Republicans, always eager to suppress Democratic votes, are demanding that an entire category of mailed-in ballots be set aside.
(1 comments) Friday, November 2, 2018 Pentagon Has No Plans To Send 15,000 Troops To Border
Trump initially ordered 5,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Then out of the blue on Tuesday he nearly tripled that commitment to 15,000 troops. But over at the Defense Department, officials have no idea what he's talking about, raising doubts about whether Trump's latest claim has any basis in reality.
Thursday, July 19, 2018 GOP congressman in even deeper trouble now for ignoring sexual abuse
In recent weeks, nine former OSU wrestlers have come forward to allege that when Jordan worked as their wrestling coach, he knew that students were being sexually abused by the team doctor -- yet stood by and did nothing. Jordan is mentioned several times in the lawsuit as an example of an OSU official who turned a blind eye to the abuse.
(2 comments) Friday, July 13, 2018 French president debunks Trump's latest whopper about NATO allies
Trump has long insisted that all NATO states should be spending 2 percent of their GDP now, not in 2024 as was agreed -- and that anything less means they are "delinquent" on an imaginary debt. Trump is lying about how NATO defense spending works, and he's lying about what our allies are doing in response to his threats.
(3 comments) Monday, July 2, 2018 Trump is about to drive America's largest nail maker out of business
Harley-Davidson, facing retaliatory tariffs from Europe, announced on Monday that it will be sending U.S. jobs overseas because of the huge hit it's taking, thanks to Trump. According to Harley-Davidson, the tariffs would cost the company an additional $2,200 for each motorcycle it built in the U.S. and then exported to Europe.
(2 comments) Thursday, June 21, 2018 Top US allies slam Trump for putting children in cages
This year has featured endless condemnations as Trump has not only shocked the world with his abusive campaign against families, but has needlessly picked fights with allies Canada, France, and the U.K. as he wages a reckless trade war. Trump is now doing his best to dismantle this American ideal.
Friday, June 15, 2018 White House turns to job fair because no one wants to work for Trump
The flailing Trump White House, which has set modern-day records for departures and firings, is being forced to host job fairs because it's having so much trouble getting people to work for the administration. Working for Trump has simply become toxic for lots of Republicans.
(1 comments) Friday, June 8, 2018 Trump lawyer Giuliani is more unpopular than even Trump himself
This week, while speaking in Isreal, Giuliani warned that America's FBI and the Department of Justice are out to unlawfully "frame" an innocent Trump. He also claimed that prosecutor and investigators represent a "lynching mob." After he was roundly booed at Yankee Stadium, Giuliani insisted people only boo if "they love you."
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Trump loses it after "spy" briefing flops with both parties
He's desperately pushing the notion that there was "Deep State" plot to undo his campaign in 2016, and subsequently one to undo his presidency. Republicans still can't produce any evidence to support the wild and reckless claim. Nor can they explain how, if such a conspiracy to sink his campaign existed, he managed to win the election.
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Royal wedding minister leads protesters to the White House
After delivering a stirring sermon at last weekend's Royal Wedding in London that turned him into an international media star, Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was back home in the United States on Thursday night -- leading a march to the gates outside the White House to protest "a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership."
(2 comments) Tuesday, May 22, 2018 GOP plots to kick failed Speaker Paul Ryan out of his job
Ryan's tenure has been marked by incompetence. Whereas then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was able to help President Barack Obama shepherd historic bills through Congress, such as Obamacare and the Recovery Act, which helped save the U.S. economy, Ryan has proven himself to be nearly completely ineffective, as Congress under Trump has ground to a halt, legislatively.
(3 comments) Saturday, May 19, 2018 Even Trump lapdog Giuliani can't defend Trump's new ugly attack on Obama
Trump and Giuliani are committed to trying to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation by suggesting there was a rogue faction within the straight-laced FBI to derail both Trump's campaign and then his presidency. But no matter how many times Fox News repeats it, proponents have not presented any facts to support the wild claim.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Giuliani willing to trade public humiliation for more TV time
Giuliani was actually hired by Trump to handle negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the need for a sit-down interview between Trump and investigators. That was before Giuliani became completely entangled in the hush money story.