Erik Wemple, Washington Post

Erik Wemple

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Recent articles by Erik:

Why is Tucker Carlson so obsessed with Maine?

It's personal, but that's not obvious. → Read More

MSNBC’s Ruhle on ‘Obamagate’ farce: ‘I didn’t want to give one ounce of breath or attention to this’

Another classic news-coverage conundrum: covering a bombshell that isn't. → Read More

‘Meet the Press’ apologizes for its Barr blunder

What makes an apology bulletproof? → Read More

New York Times reporter calls Pence a ‘sycophant.’ The newspaper says he ‘went too far.’

Once again: The hallowed standards of the traditional mainstream press collide with the reality of the Trump administration. → Read More

‘60 Minutes’ cites ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ for coronavirus misinformation

This rumor, amplified by Fox News, has had real repercussions. → Read More

Vanity Fair ‘updates’ story about Donald Trump Jr., OAN

There are retractions; there are corrections; and there are 'updates,' which do a lot of work in journalism these days. → Read More

U.S. News & World Report does furloughs, following pay cuts

The coronavirus crisis has led yet another media outlet to a reckoning on advertising. → Read More

Kayleigh McEnany fails to reframe her famous coronavirus gaffe

Her excuse crumbled on close inspection, but that doesn't matter to President Trump and his supporters. → Read More

CBS News edits testing story after Project Veritas exposes clinic’s line-stuffing ploy

“We found a 25 percent increase in testing at Cherry Health,” says Diaz in the package, referring to a health center with more than 20 sites in Michigan. One of the shots in the presentation shows cars queuing up: As it turns out, that queue may not represent the actual demand for coronavirus tests in Grand Rapids. Project Veritas, the sting-video operation headed by James O’Keefe, secured… → Read More

ABC News’s David Muir is no match for Trump’s falsehoods

Nearly five years into the Trump era, there’s little excuse for having poor comebacks to Trump’s telegraphed nonsense. → Read More

After MeToo scandals, NBC News gets a new top boss — another guy

Longtime TV news exec won't live down his failure to land the Harvey Weinstein story. → Read More

RNC chair proposes punishing outlets that failed to press Joe Biden on sexual assault claim

'It went from #MeToo, #MeToo, #MeToo, to Move on, Move on, Move on in a nanosecond because he's a Democrat,' Ronna McDaniel told ABC News. → Read More

Kayleigh McEnany promises reporters: ‘I will never lie to you’

The new White House press secretary holds the administration's first press briefing in more than a year. → Read More

MSNBC, Biden and the ‘home team’ interview

Did the former vice president get kind treatment at MSNBC? → Read More

Tucker Carlson eviscerates Democrats over Tara Reade double standard

And that's a real problem for Joe Biden. → Read More

Study: Coronavirus news makes many feel ‘worse emotionally’

Wonder why? → Read More

Sean Hannity’s self-own

The guy who's always proclaiming America the greatest country on Earth is now degrading one of its greatest freedoms. → Read More

The White House attempts to humiliate CNN’s Kaitlan Collins

Just what motive did the White House have to mess with the seating arrangement in the briefing room? → Read More

Injections, light and disinfectant: Trump makes news at coronavirus briefing

President Trump makes news at his briefing, in exactly the wrong way. → Read More

From Fox News, a big dose of dumb on hydroxychloroquine

The wondrous power of the drug was approaching Benghazi-levels of hype at Fox News, until an April pivot. → Read More