Eric Boehlert

I'm a veteran media critic who has been monitoring right-wing misinformation for years, first as a staff writer for Salon, for ten years as a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, and most recently as a media critic at Daily Kos. (In my previous life professionally, I wrote about the music industry as a staff writer at Billboard and Rolling Stone. )

I've documented how GOP propaganda infects the so-called liberal media culture inside the Beltway, which thrives on false equivalencies while normalizing atrocious Republican behavior.

To date, I've written three books, including Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over For Bush, and Bloggers on the Bus: How The Internet Changed Politics and the Press.

A frequent cable news commentator, I've made hundreds of television appearances discussing the media, and have been quoted in dozens of publications, including BuzzFeed, the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. I'm also a Twitter thorn in the side of the D.C. press.


Content by Eric Boehlert

We’ll never know how many people are dead because of Rupert Murdoch’s propaganda

Fearful of far-right competitors, the Fox honcho decided to redouble the toxic lies about Covid-19

January 25, 2022, 4:00 PST

Chris Christie’s book flop exposed the absurdity of establishment media’s search for ‘reasonable Republicans’

GOP elites occasionally critical of Trump are celebrated in the centrist press, but they actually have no real constituency

December 16, 2021, 10:47 PST

The GOP embrace of violence is too important for mainstream media outlets to ignore

Corporate media journalists aren’t serving the public’s right to know unless they report the story of how far-right Republicans are trying to develop a paramilitary wing

December 6, 2021, 14:08 PST

American workers are seeking a better deal from employers — by staying out of the job market

Republican governors cut millions of people off their unemployment rolls, but many are staying away from jobs that underpaid

November 18, 2021, 3:00 PST

Virginia’s lesson for Democrats: The mainstream media will not push back against GOP disinformation

Democrats need to realize that the establishment media has no real interest in opposing institutional lying

November 11, 2021, 14:27 PST

The media’s failure in Virginia gubernatorial contest was critical to the race

Far-right websites and shows pumped countless falsehoods into Virginia to help Glenn Youngkin’s gubernatorial campaign

November 4, 2021, 17:29 PDT

Americans have no idea what’s in the Build Back Better bill, because the media won’t tell them

Political journalists continue to focus on the costs of Biden’s domestic policy bill, instead of what it actually does

October 25, 2021, 3:00 PDT

Right-wing media are brainwashing their followers about vaccines, but the mainstream press won’t cover the story

Republicans used to support vaccinations more than Democrats, but the mainstream media won’t explore this story

October 4, 2021, 12:29 PDT

In their obsession over Afghanistan, the media ignored Texas’s far-reaching abortion law

Eager to aid supporters of the occupation, America’s elite journalists ignored authoritarianism much closer to home

September 8, 2021, 0:02 PDT

Media elites are completely failing at their coverage of the U.S. Afghanistan withdrawal

In their eagerness for crisis ratings, American journalists aren’t realizing that the public just wants to get out of Afghanistan

September 1, 2021, 13:33 PDT

As Jan. 6th hearings begin, the Washington press is trying to ‘both-sides’ an insurrection

August 4, 2021, 12:53 PDT

On vaccines, deliberate ignorance shouldn’t be treated the same as hesitance

Coddling delusions doesn’t make them go away, it makes them stronger

July 28, 2021, 13:04 PDT

As Covid infections in GOP areas rise, the danger of disinformation has become undeniable

Many political centrists have long dismissed right-wing media as an irrelevant joke, coronavirus is exposing their error

July 21, 2021, 0:38 PDT

Cable subscribers are being forced to subsidize Fox News, even if they don’t watch it

Hateful hosts like Tucker Carlson alienated advertisers, but it hasn’t harmed FNC’s bottom line

July 8, 2021, 6:30 PDT

Naive mainstream journalists are helping Republicans lie about ‘critical race theory’

Facing low turnout without Donald Trump on 2022 election ballots, GOP activists are manufacturing a fake controversy, with assistance from gullible reporters

June 25, 2021, 8:00 PDT

Arizona Republicans are engaging in fraud, not conducting an ‘audit’

Donald Trump’s most rabid supporters in other states are drawing inspiration from the Arizona GOP’s dishonesty

June 19, 2021, 2:00 PDT

Republicans aren’t being forced to subvert democracy, they are choosing to do it

Mainstream journalists keep claiming, without evidence, that Donald Trump is forcing GOP elites to weaken elections

June 10, 2021, 2:02 PDT

National journalists are still afraid to tell the truth about GOP extremism

Republicans across the country are actively embracing authoritarianism but conventional journalists are acting as if it’s all Trump’s doing

June 4, 2021, 2:00 PDT

The ‘liberal media’ keeps slamming workers as greedy and lazy for not taking low-wage jobs

Journalists supposedly are a bunch of raging leftists, so why do they so rarely discuss stagnant wages?

May 27, 2021, 2:00 PDT

Australia’s leaders are finally speaking out against Rupert Murdoch’s lies, when will America’s?

After decades under the thumb of Murdoch media, some of Australia’s leaders are finally declaring independence

May 20, 2021, 3:00 PDT

Donald Trump lies constantly, but it took the establishment media years to finally report this

After years of avoiding the term, large media outlets are finally beginning to use the word ‘lie’ to describe the former president’s serial deceptions

May 13, 2021, 5:22 PDT

Rick Santorum and CNN’s long history of hiring bigoted and dishonest commentators

While some CNN employees have rightfully begun to call out far-right dishonesty, the network has a long history of enabling shady pundits

May 5, 2021, 13:44 PDT

After years of Trump chaos, Biden realized that the presidency was overexposed, much to the media’s frustration

Journalists are frustrated that the president doesn’t constantly seek attention, but the public is glad to catch a break

April 27, 2021, 3:00 PDT


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