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  • AlterNet
  • Crooks and Liars
  • The National Memo
  • The American Independent
  • HuffPost
  • Salon.com

Past articles by Eric:

Media fail: The press keeps covering impeachment through the eyes of the Republican Party

The political press corps may have hit peak impeachment failure on Sunday when Meet the Press host Chuck Todd introduced a segment in which voters from a toss-up district in Michigan were interviewed about the House proceedings against Donald Trump. Touted as a way to take the temperature of everyda → Read More

Media pushes ‘Dems in disarray’ narrative — despite party’s overwhelming support for impeachment – A

Poised to pass two articles of impeachment in the full House this week, Democrats have remained extraordinarily united throughout the process while nearly half the country stands in favor of taking the drastic action of removing Donald Trump from office. Yet press coverage in recent days has suggest → Read More

After Lisa Page's Scathing Lawsuit, CNN Has A Problem: Sarah Isgur Flores

Sarah Isgur Flores was an active participant in the smear of DOJ and FBI employee Lisa Page, but she's still working for the network. → Read More

How the media botched its coverage of Roger Stone and helped him hype Russian dark ops

News on Friday that 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. Stone’s conviction cert → Read More

The media must admit that the Republican Party is completely detached from reality

Republicans proudly advertised their radical ways during Wednesday's impeachment hearings into Donald Trump, wallowing in conspiracies and embracing debunked claims. The question now: How does the Beltway media cover a party that has aggressively removed itself from reality? How does the news busine → Read More

Stop Doing This: CBS News Hires Fox News Reporter Who Constantly Peddled Obama, Clinton Conspiracies

CNN recently hired a dishonest Trump apologist and has had to deal with the unpleasant consequences when someone on the payroll misleads the public. My hunch is CBS News will soon have a similar problem with Herridge. → Read More

CNN made a huge mistake with its new hire — and the problem is only going to get worse

How do you solve a problem like Sean Duffy? The former Republican congressman, who was hired by CNN to blindly defend Donald Trump while the impeachment process unfolds, is creating problems for the network by constantly fabricating facts and spreading reckless and dangerous conspiracy theories. And → Read More

Shameful: Media Tradition Of Enabling Breitbart Hate Lives On At Facebook

Here we go again: Facebook just became the latest traditional media player to enable the right-wing hate of Breitbart News. → Read More

CNN hired a habitual liar as the Republicans’ strategy to ‘work the refs’ pays off – A

Former Republican Rep. Sean Duffy, recently hired by CNN to be a paid political commentator, can't stop fabricating facts when he goes on the air. Since making his CNN debut on Sunday, Duffy has lied about the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords. He's lied about Joe Biden trying to fire a Ukraine prosec → Read More

DC press whitewashes its role in 2016 email fiasco after State Department exonerates Clinton

Page 16 and 649 words. That’s how The New York Times treated the recent news that a years-long State Department investigation concluded there was no systemic or deliberate mishandling of classified information via emails sent to and from Hillary Clinton's private server while she was secretary of st → Read More

Fox News is getting trounced in the public opinion battle over Trump impeachment ⁠— here’s why – A

Shepard Smith's recent, abrupt resignation isn’t the only crisis Fox News is facing these days. Aside from allegations that conservatives simply will not tolerate any dissenting voices amid a chorus that worships Donald Trump, the right-wing cable news outlet is struggling as it tries to fight the p → Read More

Why the official story of Shep Smith’s abrupt departure from Fox News doesn’t add up – A

Shepard Smith’s sudden departure from Fox News signaled that the drawbridge has effectively been raised, and all Trump nonbelievers belong on the other side of Rupert Murdoch's cable castle. No longer a place where any serious dissension—or Trump fact-checking—is allowed, Fox News has embraced its c → Read More

Democratic candidates are finally punching back against corporate media’s shoddy press coverage – A

Democrats running for president have a new message for the news media: We’re not going to take it anymore. No longer willing to stoically suffer through bad, misleading press coverage, Democrats are borrowing a page from Republicans by going public with their complaints and demanding journalists → Read More

Major newspapers show stunning cowardice as they refuse to call on Trump to resign

Openly colluding with a foreign government to dig up dirt on his political opponent, while offering up the assistance of the Department of Justice. Freezing U.S. foreign aid to make sure the overseas dirt gets dug. Hiding transcripts of presidential calls on secret servers in hopes of covering up th → Read More

Confused Fox News not sure how to spin Trump’s admitted Ukraine collusion – A

Fox News has never cared about having a coherent and consistent message. As a propaganda and disinformation network, it's not Fox News' job to make sense: It's Fox News' job, these days, to cover for Donald Trump. Yet in the wake of the unfolding Ukraine collusion scandal, where Trump has admitted t → Read More

Why Trump’s new press secretary is actually more dangerous than Sarah Sanders – A

Add it to the list of long-standing norms that the Trump White House has shredded: Press secretary Stephanie Grisham has aggressively positioned herself not as an administration conduit for the press corps, but as an open and hostile enemy of newsgathering, in a way that even surpasses Sarah Huckabe → Read More

Watch CBS News try to normalize Trump after white nationalist terror attack

Speaking from the White House on Monday, Donald Trump prayed for the wrong Ohio city in the wake of a weekend gun rampage. Reading prepared comments (that somebody else obviously wrote for him) from a teleprompter, Trump ended his uninspiring address by saying, "May God bless the memory of those who → Read More

Why the media’s coverage of impeachment would likely be a disaster – A

Last week, former special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony confirmed once again that Donald Trump has engaged in serious wrongdoing, including likely obstruction of justice. It also raised the possibility that Trump could be charged with crimes after he leaves office. Mueller’s testi → Read More

Here’s how The New York Times’ obsession with white voters helps amplify Trump’s racism – A

Forever committed to shining a constant, glowing spotlight on members of Donald Trump's political base with a series of endless updates that closely examine their unwavering support, The New York Times has carved out a completely new political beat during the past two years. The Times' white voter o → Read More

How the press can atone for its Mueller coverage this week

Former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony before Congress Wednesday not only provides a key opportunity to educate the public on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, it also allows the Beltway press a chance at redemption. It gives news organizati → Read More