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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.

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Trump and the Media, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 1, 2020
2019, the year the press tried -- and failed -- to stand up to Trump There continues to be a collective reluctance to grapple with today's difficult reality. Unfamiliar with covering authoritarian regimes or how to respond to them, many news outlets remain committed to treating Trump's spectacle as a reality TV show.
Committee members react after impeachment vote, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2019
Media pushes "Dems in disarray" over impeachment -- again It seems odd that we've arrived at the place where possible future lawbreaking by a Republican president is framed as a "dilemma" for ... Democrats.
CNN hired ex-Trump administration staffer Sarah Isgur to manage their election coverage., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 10, 2019
CNN has yet another GOP problem CNN should welcome conservatives onto their televised debates and discussions. But they shouldn't make exceptions for conservatives who are unqualified for the job.
Protest against Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 2, 2019
Half of America wants Trump removed from office. Why does the press keep shrugging that off? By treating as no big deal the fact that basically half the country supports removing the president of the United States from office, the media is greatly helping Republicans spread their preferred impeachment message: The inquiry isn't resonating.
Elizabeth Warren, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 29, 2019
Why is the press so obsessed with what Wall Street and billionaires think of Elizabeth Warren? It turns out the media's obsession with the super-rich isn't confined to the world of celebrity and entertainment. In politics, the press also seems utterly fascinated with how the 0.1% live, and especially what their political leanings are.
Richard Stone making the V sign after his arrest and indictment., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Roger Stone and the media's shame of 2016 A federal court convicted former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone on seven counts, including obstruction of a proceeding, false statements, and witness tampering only added to Trump's woes as the second day of impeachment hearings played out in Washington.
Jim Jordan At Impeachment Hearing, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 16, 2019
Impeachment hearings confirm Republican Party is detached from reality. What does the press do now? How does the Beltway media cover a party that has aggressively removed itself from reality? How does the news business describe and treat a political party that routinely echoes the most unbelievable claims from Fox News and the darkest corners of the right-wing media?
Catherine Herridge, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 4, 2019
Stop doing this: CBS News hires Fox News reporter who constantly peddled Obama, Clinton conspiracies In some newsrooms, a shocking misstep could get you fired. But not at Fox News, of course, where the "news" is designed to provide content for GOP-style propaganda.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 1, 2019
CNN's Sean Duffy problem is only going to get worse CNN wants to position itself as occupying the center of American politics, which means CNN has to have lots of conservative voices to match the number of liberal voices, all so they can stage Both Sides debates. For decades, that has worked for the network. What no longer works is CNN hiring Trump sycophants like Duffy, because Trump sycophants like Duffy say crazy stuff nonstop.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg grilled on Capitol Hill, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Why is Facebook trying to re-elect Trump? Social media and tech giants are doing exactly what traditional media companies did when they faced bogus cries of "bias" from the right-wing swamp: They're running around trying to curry favor with conservatives, desperately trying to explain that they're not really anti-GOP. In the process, they're clearing the field for Trump's re-election campaign to lie its way back into office.
President Trump's Twitter Account DEACTIVATED, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 21, 2019
Of course Trump should be kicked off Twitter The Trump Twitter conundrum gains added importance as the 2020 election season approaches. Trump no doubt will use the social media platform and his nearly 70 million followers to spread endless lies about Democratic candidates (he's already done that to Joe Biden) while inciting fresh political violence, and do it all with the social media company's blessing.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 17, 2019
Why Fox News is getting trounced in the public opinion battle over Trump impeachment Trump has handed Fox News a losing hand to play. It's a profoundly bad hand that's making it difficult for the propaganda channel, as well as the right-wing echo chamber, to coalesce around a semi-coherent defense.
The White House cancels press briefings, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 10, 2019
How canceling White House press briefings is now helping Trump fight impeachment The Trump defense is built on lies, debunked conspiracies, and, perhaps most oddly, public admissions of guilt. In this scenario, the last thing the White House wants is to face a series of detailed questions from seasoned (and skeptical) reporters.
Trump speaks at North Carolina .Keep America Great. rally., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Media coverage of Trump rallies is completely broken The good news is cable news channels, even including Fox News, no longer treat Donald Trump rallies as must-air events. The bad news is that news outlets still cover the redundant, news-free rallies religiously and in the process help spread unchecked Trump lies.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 7, 2019
Confirmed: Trump lies to reporters more often than he lies to any other group There's something deeply ironic and disturbing about the fact that Trump lies to reporters more than anyone else, yet they're the one group that won't accurately label him a liar. The truth is that the press has never figured out how to cover a president who's a pathological liar, and I suspect they never will.
Trump calls himself the .Chosen One. as he defends trade war with China, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 26, 2019
"The chosen one": Now more than ever, the press needs to address Trump's manic instability Trump referred to himself as "the chosen one." He quoted a rabid conspiracy theorist who declared that Israeli Jews love Trump as if he were the "King of Israel" and "the second coming of God," while Trump himself accused American Jews of "great disloyalty" if they voted for Democrats. He attacked the prime minister of Denmark ("nasty") because she will not sell him Greenland and she mocked the very idea as "absurd.
Bernie Sanders kicks off his 2020 campaign in Iowa, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 20, 2019
What Bernie Sanders gets right with his critique of the corporate media CNN labeled Sanders' recent critique a "dangerous" Trump-like attack on the "free press." A.) That's patently absurd, and B.) That kind of exaggerated rhetoric simply proves Sanders' point about the corporate media and the collective lens it uses.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 16, 2019
The media's obsession with Democratic "gaffes" in the age of Trump insanity The media's Biden gaffe obsession really seems out of whack, given that it's unfolding against the backdrop of the presidency of Donald Trump, whose entire political career can accurately be described as a verbal gaffe. Famous for being a habitual liar, as well as boasting garbled and often impossible-to-follow syntax that leaves people scratching their heads trying to make sense of his pronouncements.
President Trump speaks to media while departing White House, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Why the D.C. press isn't equipped to handle Trump's racist re-election crusade Doubling and tripling down on his bigoted commentary and racist tweets, Donald Trump is all but boasting that his re-election run will be fueled by hate speech and hardcore white grievance. Trump's re-election strategy is to basically spark a rhetorical race war. It would be nice if the news media had the courage to say so, but it's clear that today's overwhelmingly white political press corps is not up to the challenge.
Seth Rich Sent 44K DNC Emails to Wikileaks, From YouTubeVideos
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.

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