Erik Wemple: news


Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Weekly Standard’s Kristol on early Cliven Bundy condemnation: ‘Common sense’

A diversity of opinion on conservative outlets.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:47 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cliven Bundy, Fox News, Media Matters, Weekly Standard

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 04/25/2014

CNN host: Roger Ailes decided to ‘canonize’ Bundy as ‘John Waynesque symbol’

Fox News’s cable rival is enjoying this moment.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:10 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Weir, Brooke Baldwin, Cliven Bundy, CNN, Fox News

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 04/25/2014

CNN scores Bundy interview because Fox News ‘didn’t call’?

Despicable, huh?

By Erik Wemple  |  12:01 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Weir, Cliven Bundy, CNN, Fox News, Sean Hannity

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/25/2014

No, Sean Hannity, you can’t distance yourself from Cliven Bundy

Inside the mind of a cable news host.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cliven Bundy, Fox News, Sean Hannity

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 04/24/2014

New York Times reporter: Fox News has covered Bundy ‘sensibly’

Reporter goes to cover someone, gets good stuff.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:03 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cliven Bundy, Fox News, New York Times, Sean Hannity

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 04/24/2014

Fox News, here’s your guy (video)

In case you were wondering about his views on race.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:27 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cattle, Cliven Bundy, Fox News, Nevada

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Will Fox News’s Sean Hannity keep hyping Cliven Bundy after comments about the ‘Negro’?

Rancher fighting feds packs some racism.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:38 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cliven Bundy, Fox News, Sean Hannity

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Sharyl Attkisson, Web reporter

What Web stories did CBS News take a pass on?

By Erik Wemple  |  04:42 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, CBS News, CBSNews.com, Fast and Furious, Obamacare, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Bloomberg celebrates challenged story on the NSA and Heartbleed bug

News outlet, intelligence community scrap over controversial computer security issue.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:04 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bloomberg News, bug, Heartbleed, James clapper, Matthew Winkler, NSA, Shawn Turner

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Media hammered by ‘Daily Show’ on Hillary Clinton grandma double standard

Why ask about grandmothership vis-a-vis 2016 race? Well, why not?

By Erik Wemple  |  10:20 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, Daily Show, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jon Stewart, NBC News

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 04/22/2014

‘Daily Show’s’ Jon Stewart pokes Fox News’s Sean Hannity for inconsistencies

Is the cable anchor at odds with previous statements?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:23 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Hannity, Jon Stewart, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Sharyl Attkisson’s remarkable PR tour

CBS News says that it publishes stories without ‘fear or favor.’

By Erik Wemple  |  04:03 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, CBS News, Fox News, Howard Kurtz, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Sharyl Attkisson on hacked computers: ‘We’re making progress’

Former CBS News correspondents cites a ‘number of investigations’ on the topic.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, computers, Fox News, Howard Kurtz, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Michael Isikoff leaving NBC News

Major Washington investigative reporter departs network news operation.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:55 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michael Isikoff, NBC News

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 04/11/2014

An apology to Fox News

Too much attitude, Erik Wemple Blog!

By Erik Wemple  |  01:17 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Heather childers, NAACP, NCAA

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Bill O’Reilly vs. Stephen Colbert, still going strong

Cablers keep the fight alive.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:51 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Stephen Colbert, the Colbert Report

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Krauthammer on Benghazi: ‘This thing is done’

Fox News commentator suggests that it’s time to move on.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:06 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer, Fox News, Krauthammer

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 04/10/2014

Jon Stewart tweaks Sean Hannity over spring break coverage

The allure of watching collegians party.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:59 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Sean Hannity, spring break

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly dukes it out with ‘deceiver’ Stephen Colbert

Cable stars, duking it out.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:48 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, CNN, Fox News, MH360, ratings, Stephen Colbert, University of Connecticut

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Big-time news orgs send bunch of guys to hammer White House on gender pay equity

Here we go again!

By Erik Wemple  |  06:55 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, AP, CBS News, Ed Henry, Fox News, gender pay equity, jay carney, Major Garrett, NBC News, peter alexander, Reuters, White House

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Fox News host confuses NAACP, NCAA

Oh, everyone makes that mistake!

By Erik Wemple  |  01:36 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  connecticut huskies, Fox & Friends, Fox & Friends First, Fox News, Heather childers, naacp ncaa

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly spotlights ‘mob violence’ in Detroit

Host presses guests on whether “white citizens” feared to go into the neighborhood.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:44 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Detroit, Fox News, mob violence

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Study: Fox News botches climate-change coverage

Fox News does largely misleading coverage of climate change and its competitors do largely accurate coverage of climate change, says the report.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:55 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate change, Fox News, global warming, Greg Gutfeld, Union of Concerned Scientists

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Megyn Kelly: Fox News is ‘only place people can go right now for fair and balanced news’

In defending Fox News, she utters something self-contradictory.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:18 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact check, Fox News, Medicaid, Megyn Kelly, Pinocchios, President Obama, Washington Post

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Fox News’s Megyn Kelly declines to utter the name of the Fort Hood shooter

How much “infamy” did she withhold?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:20 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fort hood, Fox News, Ivan lopez, Megyn Kelly, shootings

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 04/03/2014

New York Times stands by Benghazi story

The debate over al-Qaeda and Benghazi continues.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:50 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  al qaeda, Benghazi, Daily Beast, Fox News, Mike Morell, Mike rogers, New York Times

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/03/2014

‘Today’ show’s Jenna Bush Hager lands interview with a former president

Scoop time on morning television.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:50 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George W. Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, NBC News, Today show

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Can Fox News’s Bill Hemmer please bump Hannity?

Fox News chief says that the smooth Hemmer could anchor any hour in the lineup. Then get him out of his morning slot!

By Erik Wemple  |  10:13 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Hemmer, Fox News, Martha MacCallum, Roger Ailes, Sean Hannity

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Fox Newser on Obamacare: White House is ‘straight up lying about these numbers’

And other critiques of Obamacare, from the best in that business.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  enrollees, Fox News, HHS, Jesse Watters, Obamacare, President Obama

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 03/28/2014

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz learns lesson on Obamacare predictions

Host ‘thinks’ sign-ups could hit 7million.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:17 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ed Schultz, enrollees, Fox News, MSNBC, Obamacare, six million

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 03/27/2014

MSNBC disputes Pew study on newsgathering reduction

Numbers help to explain why a certain network might just go nuts on a certain story.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:02 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, news investment, Pew Research

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/26/2014

MSNBC’s daytime audience tanks

Daytime numbers went way down in 2013, while rivals actually gained.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  audience, cable news, CNN, Fox News, Jack Shafer, MSNBC, prime time

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Jon Stewart of ‘The Daily Show’ rips CNN, other cable networks over MH370 coverage

Too much ridiculous speculation!

By Erik Wemple  |  11:16 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Daily Show, Fox News, Jon Stewart, MSNBC

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Business Insider signs Anthony Weiner as columnist. Hmm.

The written-word Weiner -- would you hire him?

By Erik Wemple  |  06:53 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anthony Weiner, Business Insider, columnist, New York Daily News

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday show on Fox News to debut March 30

Biz-news star to compete in crowded Sunday-morning news field.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  business news, cnbc, Fox Business Network, Fox News, Maria Bartiromo

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Fact-checking Bill O’Reilly’s claim to factual near-perfection

Just one retraction/apology?

By Erik Wemple  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Sally Quinn, The O'Reilly Factor

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/23/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly strikes at atheist Bill Maher

Cable-news workhorse says he’s ‘tired,’ too.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Maher, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Sally Quinn

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Sharyl Attkisson paints CBS News as a bunch of cowards

But she doesn’t say who hacked her computers!

By Erik Wemple  |  02:18 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, Chris Stigall, Obama, President Obama, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly: Networks prefer MH370 over IRS, Benghazi; media ‘fabricating’ things

More of the same from the king of cable news.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Malaysia Airlines, mh370

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 03/20/2014

CNN cranks out MH370 news alerts while America sleeps

Is demand THAT strong?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:15 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alerts, breaking news, CNN, Malaysia Airlines. Flight 370

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Fox News’s Bret Baier corrects Obamacare mistake

A correction, with a little elbow at Obamacare

By Erik Wemple  |  10:42 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bret Baier, exemption, Fox News, Medicaid, Obamacare

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 03/19/2014

Why Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly is whining about cable news/CNN/Malaysia Airlines

Well, it’s not so hard to figure out.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:31 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, CNN, Flight 370, Fox News, Malaysia Airlines

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 03/18/2014

O’Reilly: Malaysia Airlines coverage driven by ‘ratings, not journalism’

Who better to recognize such a dynamic than Bill O’Reilly?

By Erik Wemple  |  08:23 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, CNN, Flight 370, Fox News, Malaysia Airlines, War on Christmas

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 03/14/2014

Jon Stewart rips Fox News again over entitlement obsession

Millionaires beating up on food-stamp recipients: What’s the big deal?

By Erik Wemple  |  08:46 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  food stamps, Fox News, jason greenslate, Jon Stewart

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Sharyl Attkisson and CBS News: What happened?

There’s a disconnect in Sharyl Attkisson’s history with CBS News.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, Politico, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Obamacare enrollment numbers: How to spin?

Same numbers, different presentations.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:42 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, Fox News, HHS, huffington post, kathleen sebelius, Obamacare, Reuters, Time magazine

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Fox News completes demographic coup for Obamacare

If President Obama does something hip and cheeky, Fox News is certain to swarm.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:59 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, President Obama, Zach Galifianakas

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Did Fox News get cheated out of Obamacare scoop?

A nonprofit organization gave Fox’s reporter bad information, then never corrected itself.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:21 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, kathleen sebelius, Obamacare, Washington Examiner

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Sharyl Attkisson leaves CBS News [Updated]

Will we ever find out what happened to her computers?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Barbara Bush disses the New York Times, but why?

Dowd and Bush appear to be on the same page.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:42 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barbara Bush, Fox News, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeb Bush, Maureen Dowd, New York Times

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 03/04/2014

NBC’s Bob Costas, Sen. John McCain mend fences on Putin

Senator apologizes to broadcaster for criticizing without context.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:20 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Bob Costas, Fox News, John McCain

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 03/03/2014

CJR: MSNBC deals with foes indirectly; Fox News, head-on

A stylistic different on the ideological cable dial.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:43 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CJR, Fox News, MSNBC

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s traveling press crew circa 1995: ‘fans’

Lots of positive coverage, at least from the Hillary Clinton camp’s POV.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:01 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Media, NBC News, Wall Street Journal

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly is NOT taking credit for White House youth initiative

No, he just ‘chided’ the president about doing more on the issue of black youth.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, President Obama My Brother's Keeper

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Arizona bill: ‘Anti-gay’ or something softer?

Some media outlets describe the bill as allowing denial of services to gays but shy away from ‘anti-gay.’

By Erik Wemple  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  anti-gay, Arizona, Associated Press, MSNBC, NBC News, New York Times, SB 1062

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Daily Show’s Jon Stewart wonders who caused overreaction on religious freedom (Fox News)

Does Fox News really have this sort of power?

By Erik Wemple  |  09:54 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, Fox News, Jan Brewer, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Reader: Erik Wemple Blog is an ‘apologist’ for Fox News

A plea for never giving the leading cable-news outlet any credit.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:10 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Sean Hannity

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Fox News’s Sean Hannity destroys Democratic pol who accused Fox of lying

Challenger also wants FCC monitoring of network.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:44 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Cantor, Fox News, Mike Dickinson, Obamacare, Sean Hannity

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly calls on Panetta to testify (again) on Benghazi

As an ‘American,’ mind you -- not as a ‘broadcaster’

By Erik Wemple  |  10:07 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, President Obama

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 02/23/2014

David Gregory should have asked Susan Rice: Where was Hillary Clinton?

But where was the secretary of state?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:09 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, David Gregory, Meet the Press, NBC News, Susan Rice

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Sean Hannity fundraises for tea party: Surprise?

Hannity thinks the movement he supports is going to be strong.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Sean Hannity, Tea Party Patriots

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Fox News’s Bret Baier on his politics: ‘I truly try not to lean’

Viewlessness in the news....

By Erik Wemple  |  05:09 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bret Baier, Facebook, Fox News, Obamacare

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Sarah Palin hammers BuzzFeed following Trump story

Reporter is allegedly a ‘nervous geek’! And?

By Erik Wemple  |  01:35 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Breitbart News, BuzzFeed, Donald Trump, McKay Coppins, Sarah Palin

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Why Scott Brown wants to stay with Fox News

Segments like this one!

By Erik Wemple  |  12:34 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, New Hampshire, Scott Brown

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Bill Maher misfires on MSNBC=Fox News complaint

This guy goes a bit overboard on cable-news equivalence.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:40 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Maher, bridge scandal, Chris Christie, Fox News, MSNBC

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly blames the Internet for mass ignorance

But what does the Pew Center have to say about that?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:40 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Internet, Tom Brokaw

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Why would a Michigan medical clinic block Fox News?

A Michigan community health provider has apparently had enough of the network’s drumbeat against the ACA.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:24 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Affordable Care Act, Fox News, Gretchen Carlson

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Fox News’s Kirsten Powers has had it with Obama, Obamacare

Disgusted with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

By Erik Wemple  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Kirsten Powers, Obamacare, Ron Fournier

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 02/11/2014

CBO issues clarifications on Obamacare study, doesn’t (directly) attack media

CBO is very polite.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:05 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBO, Doug Elmendorf, Fox News, Obamacare

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 02/10/2014

ABC News’s ‘This Week’ relied on conservative super PAC for polling data

Is it okay for a news program to cite polling sponsored by a partisan group?

By Erik Wemple  |  07:00 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, David Plouffe, Jonathan Karl, President Obama

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly and the glory of ideological media

Don’t like the O’Reilly interview? What would you prefer?

By Erik Wemple  |  04:37 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, MSNBC, President Obama

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 02/07/2014

Daily Show’s Jon Stewart attacks Fox News over CBO-Obamacare distortions

The many layers of Fox News.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:28 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBO, Fox News, Obamacare

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Pundit James Carville prepares for further torture as Fox News contributor

What do you pay a guy who deals with this stuff?

By Erik Wemple  |  02:31 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, james carville

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Fox News sticks with CBO-Obamacare ‘loss’ headline

Suggestion at odds with the report’s conclusions.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:16 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBO, Fox News, Greta Van Susteren, labor, Obamacare, work

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 02/05/2014

NBC News brings Russian hacking into relief

Experiment in hacking vulnerability fetches immediate results.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:14 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hackers, hacking, NBC News, russia, Sochi

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly schooled by President Obama on vouchers

Fox News host encountered a bit of static over his support for vouchers and gave up.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:26 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Louis Farrakhan, President Obama, vouchers

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 02/02/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly aces Obama interview

O’Reilly pulls out the I’m-a-taxpayer line on Obamacare, to excellent effect.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:21 PM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, IRS, kathleen sebelius, President Obama

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Fox News’s Laura Ingraham on MSNBC offense: ‘This would never happen at a place like Fox’

Whenever an ideological cable outlet does something terrible, the equivalency question arises.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:09 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Laura Ingraham, MSNBC

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Fox News tackles gender pay equity!

Host references a ‘little special handout’ for women.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:28 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alan Colmes, Fox News, President Obama, State of the Union, Tucker Carlson

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 01/29/2014

State of the Union 2014: MSNBC, Fox News watched entirely different speeches

On one network, the speech was ‘masterful’; on another, ‘oversold’

By Erik Wemple  |  10:45 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al Sharpton, Charles Krauthammer, Chris Matthews, Fox News, george will, MSNBC, President Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Long live local TV news?

How to make people watch news? Big news stories.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:29 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Local TV news, Pew research center

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 01/28/2014

A Fox News-free February?

How can a media reporter skip out on covering Fox News?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:44 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dana Milbank, Fox News, Sarah Palin, Washington Post

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren on Erick Erickson: a digital solution

More great stuff from the best cable-news-anchor blog.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:54 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Erick Erickson, Fox News, Greta Van Susteren

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Critic: Fox News is a ‘retirement community’

Just how much should liberals freak out about Fox News?

By Erik Wemple  |  12:40 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Megyn Kelly, New York Magazine, Roger Ailes

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Fox News slams President Obama for anti-conservative complaint

Segment feels like a fact-check. Mostly true!

By Erik Wemple  |  01:34 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Jon Scott, Judith Miller, Kirsten Powers, President Obama

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 01/23/2014

A question for Bill O’Reilly’s interview with President Obama

Three years ago, President Obama made a dubious claim to Bill O’Reilly. Will the Fox News host confront him?

By Erik Wemple  |  02:54 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Affordable Care Act, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Obamacare, President Obama

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly denounces Internet as a ‘headline service’

Cable TV rules!

By Erik Wemple  |  09:05 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Internet, NBC News, Tom Brokaw

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Christie camp’s swipe at MSNBC: Weak! (Part 1)

All attack ads were not created equal.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:48 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Dawn Zimmer, Fox News, Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, Steve Kornacki

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 01/17/2014

PunditFact: Fox Newser Andrea Tantaros’s ‘pants on fire’

A history lesson from ‘The Five’ panelist goes awry

By Erik Wemple  |  05:21 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andrea Tantaros, Fox News, punditfact, Roger Ailes

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Roger Ailes biographer: On the lookout for ‘misinformation’

Sherman says that Ailes was trying to ‘fish’ for his sources.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:02 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Gabriel Sherman, Roger Ailes

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Is Fox News a Republican Party propaganda organ? Rather says no.

‘Pros’ at network are ‘pretty good,’ says veteran newsman.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob Woodward, David Petraeus, Fox News, Republican Party, Roger Ailes

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Say something positive about Roger Ailes!

By Erik Wemple  |  03:50 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Gabriel Sherman, Roger Ailes, Stephen Colbert

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Benghazi: More ‘stand down’ fallout for Fox News

Senate Intelligence committee delivers more cold water for Oct. 2012 “scoop.“

By Erik Wemple  |  03:25 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Fox News, Gabriel Sherman, President Obama, Roger Ailes, Senate Intelligence committee, stand down

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Why did Roger Ailes’s brother cooperate with new biography?

Something of a journo-coup vis-a-vis the Ailes family.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:41 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Gabriel Sherman, Robert ailes, Roger Ailes

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/15/2014

The Daily Show finds love on Fox News’s ‘The Five’

Does anyone watch cable news as carefully as the “Daily Show” does?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:04 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  "The Five", Bob Beckel, dana perino, Fox News, Gabriel Sherman, Greg Gutfeld, Roger Ailes

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Politico’s Mike Allen and Fox News PR

Ailes often hammers the media, but he can’t be upset with the author of “Playbook.”

By Erik Wemple  |  05:20 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Jake Tapper, Jonathan Alter, Mike Allen, Politico, Richard Wolffe

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 01/13/2014

How does Roger Ailes divide the country?

Biographer does a lamentable job of defending the title of his book.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:49 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Gabriel Sherman, Roger Ailes

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Critic: Networks overplayed Boston Marathon bombings

How do you over-cover an event like that?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:45 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, Andrew Tyndall, Boston marathon bombings, CBS News, NBC News

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Roger Ailes told tall tale about belly dancer, boa constrictor: New book

Just what happened on the Jan. 9, 1968, episode of the Mike Douglas Show?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS This Morning, Fox News, Gabriel Sherman, Roger Ailes

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 01/09/2014

The paranoia of Fox News’s Roger Ailes, cont’d

Bathroom reading at Fox News HQ.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:45 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, New York Magazine, Roger Ailes

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and the Christie bridge scandal

An incipient American tradition: Tracking coverage discrepancies on cable news.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Roger Ailes paranoid? More evidence

The Ailes directive: ‘Don’t bad-mouth your employer’

By Erik Wemple  |  06:03 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Gabriel Sherman, Garrison, New York Magazine, Roger Ailes

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Roger Ailes biography: The “fact-checking” bogosity

Fox News sounds almost as if it wanted author Gabriel Sherman to trust them!

By Erik Wemple  |  04:50 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Gabriel Sherman, Roger Ailes

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Fox News’s anti-Obama video, revisited in new Roger Ailes book

A biography of Roger Ailes reopens an old question about an four-minute video that aired on “Fox & Friends.”

By Erik Wemple  |  08:55 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Fox News, Roger Ailes

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Fox News addresses Satan statue spat

The devil gets his due on the cable airwaves.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:26 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Gretchen Carlson, Oklahoma, satan

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Are the U.S. media as transparent as the U.S. government?

Yes, the media has been aggressive in pushing the Obama administration for transparency. But how well do we all live up to the values we demand of others?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:40 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, Fox News, Media, New York Times, Politico, Washington Post

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Fox News PR: Anybody home?

Is everyone really out of office?

By Erik Wemple  |  10:05 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 12/29/2013

Politico’s John Harris on Mike Allen story: ‘Totally unfair’; ‘innuendo’

Politico boss hammers story about Allen as ‘irresponsible.’

By Erik Wemple  |  05:31 PM ET, 12/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, John Harris, Mike Allen, Playbook, Politico

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 12/23/2013

MSNBC all day long: Lefty volunteerism, reporting, fluff

What drives the day at MSNBC?

By Erik Wemple  |  08:42 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Wagner, Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, Fox News, iran, MSNBC, Newtown, Pew research center, S.E. Cupp

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/16/2013

AP Benghazi story challenges Fox News ‘stand down’ scoop

More denials that aid was withheld in Benghazi.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:28 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Fox News, Jennifer Griffin

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Bachmann to O’Reilly: ’80 percent of media reporting is anti-conservative’

Where’s she getting that number?

By Erik Wemple  |  08:18 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, michele bachmann

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Associated Press: ‘We will be in Newtown on the anniversary’

Outlet has been there from the beginning. That’s not going to change.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:24 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, Associated Press, CNN, NBC News, Newtown, USA Today

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Fox News’s Megyn Kelly to Leno: ‘I’m a straight-news anchor’

She claims to give a ‘hard time’ to both sides of American politics. Let’s look at that.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:20 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Jay Leno, Megyn Kelly, Obamacare

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 12/09/2013

A new standard for Fox News reporting?

Gawker, New York Times rely on one-sourcing for scoops on Fox News. Cool?

By Erik Wemple  |  06:50 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Lewis, Fox News, Gawker, New York Times

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Fox News, advocate for the uninsured

The network shows concern about people who may end up without a health safety net come January.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:13 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Wallace, Ezekiel Emanuel, Fox News, health insurance, Obamacare, President Obama

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Fox News stonewalls the New York Times

The leading cable network can suppress its secrets for only so long.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:46 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Lewis, Fox News, New York Times, Roger Ailes

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Fox News host: Was Bashir’s resignation ‘enough’?

What more does Elisabeth Hasselbeck want?

By Erik Wemple  |  01:17 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Martin Bashir, MSNBC, Phil Griffin, Sarah Palin

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Bill O’Reilly’s never-ending evolution on gay marriage

From marrying a duck to acknowledging the pro-gay marriage argument to lamenting an attack on Judeo-Christian roots.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:39 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, gay marriage, Jon Stewart, War on Christmas

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Fox News contributor Lauren Ashburn: Credential crisis?

‘Former managing editor’ sounds quite significant.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:42 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Fox News, Howard Kurtz, Lauren Ashburn

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Fox News’s Megyn Kelly pokes at Obamacare ‘accountability’

A true believer won’t bend a bit on Megyn Kelly’s show.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:53 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben LaBolt, Fox News, Megyn Kelly, Obamacare

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 11/26/2013

’60 Minutes’ and Benghazi: Five hard realities

And where is Jeff Fager’s extended holiday vacation?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:22 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  60 minutes, CBS News, Jeff Fager, lara logan

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 11/26/2013

CBS’s Lara Logan takes leave of absence after erroneous Benghazi report

Internal probe finds that red flags were ignored

By Erik Wemple  |  01:58 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  60 minutes, CBS News, Jeff Fager, lara logan

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Cable news commentator blames Obama group for politicizing America

Cable news apparently gets a pass.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:09 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Hemmer, Fox News, Jonah Goldberg, Obamacare

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Fox News: Obamacare ‘unlike’ Katrina, Iraq war

Program touches “so many people’s lives across the country,” says host.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:12 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brit Hume, Fox News, Martha MacCallum, Obamacare

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 11/24/2013

Sarah Palin attacks media-elite ‘hypocrisy,’ accepts apology of MSNBC’s Martin Bashir

Will interview with Chris Wallace let MSNBC off the hook?

By Erik Wemple  |  01:33 PM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  apology, Chris Wallace, Fox News, Martin Bashir, Sarah Palin

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Woman made 140,000 VHS tapes

Marion Stokes never stopped taping the news.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:02 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  internet archive, marion stokes, news, vhs

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly admits he went easy on ’60 Minutes’

It’s refreshing to see a big shot at Fox News facing serious questions about Fox News coverage.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:36 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O', Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Howard Kurtz

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 11/15/2013

CBS News’s under-siege Obamacare story: An explainer

Top Obamacare official ‘kept in the dark’? We’ll see.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:29 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, Henry Chao, HHS, Obamacare, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 11/13/2013

CBS News: We ‘accurately’ quoted Obamacare official’s testimony

Outlet stands by reporting on security issues related to Healthcare.gov

By Erik Wemple  |  04:25 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, Gerald Connolly, Henry Chao, Obamacare, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Another CBS News story comes under attack

Just what kind of story does a ‘first look at a partial transcript’ get you?

By Erik Wemple  |  01:53 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, Obamacare, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Fox News’s medical ‘experts’ take a pounding from ‘The Daily Show’

Fox News’s medical experts stray from their avowed field of expertise -- quelle surprise!

By Erik Wemple  |  10:28 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Jon Stewart, Marc Siegel

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Sarah Palin on book tour: Stick with Christmas

She needs to avoid political talk.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:54 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Fox News, Jake Tapper, Sarah Palin

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Cable news hosts write on sex and love

What can possibly tie together an unruly class of literature?

By Erik Wemple  |  05:16 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al Sharpton, Bill O'Reilly, CNN, Fox News, Geraldo Rivera, MSNBC, Piers Morgan

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 11/11/2013

Fox News’s Bill Hemmer to pro-Obamacare guest: Get your talking points outta here!

Word of caution to Obamacare proponents on Fox News: Start your comments with a concession.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:41 PM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Hemmer, Fox News, Obamacare

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Bill O’Reilly and ‘Killing Jesus’: So it is!

A writing tic shows up in bestselling O’Reilly tome.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:20 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, killing jesus, killing kennedy, killing lincoln

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 11/11/2013

’60 Minutes’ apology: Easy does it

Why do “This Morning” viewers get a deeper look at the “60 Minutes” mistake?

By Erik Wemple  |  10:51 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  60 minutes, Benghazi, CBS News, lara logan

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Sarah Palin on ‘Today’: Obamacare is ‘socialized medicine’

There has to be a way to deal with guests who spout such nonsense.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:18 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBC News, Sarah Palin, socialized medicine, Today

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Benghazi: First, ’60 Minutes.’ Next, Fox News?

Reviewing Fox’s Benghazi coverage, with a newly critical eye.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:38 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  60 minutes, CBS News, Dylan davies, Fox News

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 11/08/2013

’60 Minutes’ becomes the latest media victim of Benghazi

Benghazi, a bad story for the media.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:08 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  60 minutes, ABC News, Benghazi, CBS News, Weekly Standard

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Jon Stewart of ‘The Daily Show’ calls Obama ‘somewhat dishonest,’ accuses opponents of ‘lying’

Fox News stars in a reel of Obamacare distortions.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:52 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daily Show, Fox News, Jon Stewart, Obamacare

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Media split over use of ‘lie’ in reference to Obama health-care promise

Just how to couch President Obama’s claim that people would get to keep their insurance plans?

By Erik Wemple  |  07:07 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Fox News, New York Times, Obamacare

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Stephen Colbert tweaks Fox News to death

Combating negativity in blog posts drums up a whole bunch of negativity for Fox News.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Folkenflik, Fox News, Stephen Colbert

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Is Fox News reporter fair and balanced on Obamacare?

Watch out what you tweet, especially when the topic is Obamacare.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:21 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, John Roberts, Obamacare

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 10/31/2013

‘Fox & Friends’ takes on favorite topic: Should women pay more for health insurance?

Yes! says John Stossel.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:34 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox & Friends, Fox News, Obamacare

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Fox News clears up CBS News story about perils of Obamacare

Host Greta Van Susteren digs into the dynamics of old plans and new plans.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:19 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, Fox News, Obamacare

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Dick Cheney to Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly: American media is ‘seriously misguided’

Lefty bias all over the place, says former vice president.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:11 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Dick Cheney, Fox News

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Schweitzer: Fox, MSNBC are ‘hair on fire’ networks

Former Montana governor goes with the centrist media message.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:17 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Schweitzer, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Three Fox News shows called Fla. Obamacare detractor

Woman who faces a spike in health-insurance payments will be a celeb soon.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:03 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, Dianne Barrette, Fox News

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Fox News’s Shepard Smith has significant other?

The news: News anchor pursues love outside of the studio!

By Erik Wemple  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, shepard smith

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/25/2013

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: Paranoia and ruthlessness part of Fox News culture?

Why the hard-core PR tactics?

By Erik Wemple  |  10:32 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Hayes, David Folkenflik, Fox News, Joe Muto

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Fox News’s Sean Hannity deflects criticism about his Obamacare victims

When asked about the fact-check regarding alleged Obamacare victims on his program, Sean Hannity points to the White House.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:41 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Austan Goolsbee, Fox News, Obamacare, Sean Hannity, White House

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Book: Fox News planted false information to discredit reporter, stifle bad news

A stunning tale of public relations is described in a new book by David Folkenflik.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:53 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Folkenflik, Fox News, Rupert Murdoch

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 10/22/2013

NBC News and Obamacare: Clarification Tribunal

A reasonable use of the most overused italicized word in journalism?

By Erik Wemple  |  06:04 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  healthcare.gov, kathleen sebelius, NBC News, Obamacare

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly continues piling on the Benghazi comparisons

If there’s an Obama administration failure, there’s a Benghazi comparison.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:16 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andrea Tantaros, Benghazi, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Steve Doocy

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Fox News’s anonymous PR ‘rants’: Classic Roger Ailes paranoia

Why on earth would any big organization obsess over blog comments?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:07 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Folkenflik, Fox News, PR, Roger Ailes

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Fox News’s Howard Kurtz (sort of) addresses Obamacare distortions on ‘Hannity’

Can an opinion guy mess with facts?

By Erik Wemple  |  08:19 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Howard Kurtz, Sean Hannity

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly clobbered by Carl Bernstein in faceoff on GOP

How to engage with cable’s combative host.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:25 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Carl Bernstein, Fox News

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Why can’t Fox News be like Robert Costa?

Is ideologically based media really a scourge?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:42 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, National Review, Robert Costa

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Fox News blames ‘social media’ for mistake

Why blame a people when you can blame a phenomenon?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:23 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Young, Fox News, Twitter

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Fox’s Varney: Viewers in favor of ending ‘big subsidy’ for Congress

This congressional ‘exemption’ language will never say ‘die.’

By Erik Wemple  |  10:02 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Vitter, Fox News, Obamacare, Stuart Varney

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Fox News’s Ed Henry further distorts health-care reform

The White House correspondent inveighs against ‘generous’ contributions given to congressional staffers for their healthcare plans.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:59 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Obamacare

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly rips ABC News and CNN for inadequate coverage of military

Other outlets’ coverage of military death benefits comes in for a shellacking on Fox News.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:56 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bernard Goldberg, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, President Obama

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Fox News’s Tantaros on difference between Obamacare and Benghazi: Nobody’s died -- yet

Is there anything that defies a comparison to Benghazi?

By Erik Wemple  |  06:22 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andrea Tantaros, Benghazi, Fox News, Obamacare

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Fox News gaffe helps Muslim cultural museum

Big mistake on Fox’s air brings publicity to institution that celebrates Muslim culture. That should scare the network straight.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:32 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox & Friends, Fox News

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013

At conservative confab, Fox News reigns

Host Megyn Kelly is viewed as a touch centrist, but that’s OK.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, Values Voter Summit

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/10/2013

‘Obama administration is far worse than the Bush administration’ on transparency: Claim

Reporters tee off on White House transparency.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, Committee to Protect Journalists, Politico, Washington Post

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Fox News’s Howard Kurtz v. Fox News’s ‘slimdown’ obsession

FoxNews.com uses “loaded term” to blurb Howard Kurtz’s column.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:35 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, government shutdown, Howard Kurtz

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Fox News’s Megyn Kelly keeps footrest, other stuff

New show looks and feels a lot like the old one.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:56 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Megyn Kelly, Roger Ailes, the kelly file

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Fox News’s breaking-news team: Where’s the diversity?

New set at Fox News is colorful, except for the people working there.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:04 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diversity, Fox News, shepard smith

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Fox News deploys ENORMOUS screen things

Just what ARE those monstrosities?

By Erik Wemple  |  02:10 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, shepard smith

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 10/07/2013

‘Fox & Friends’ fails on Obama-Muslim museum connection: No surprise here

‘Fox & Friends’ host says it ‘won’t happen again.’ Okay, but something similarly atrocious probably will.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:24 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  anna kooiman, Fox & Friends, Fox News, government shutdown, President Obama

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 10/04/2013

The populist brilliance of Fox News’s Sean Hannity

One man’s standard employer contribution is another man’s “subsidy.”

By Erik Wemple  |  04:52 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Obamacare, Sean Hannity

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Stephen Colbert satirizes Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Jesus’ motivation

One remark by the Fox News host is working miracles for his book.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:20 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, CBS News, killing jesus, killing kennedy, killing lincoln

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 10/02/2013

From Politico to ‘Hannity’: The trajectory of Congress’s Obamacare ‘exemption’ myth

Lawmakers and aides on Capitol Hill are moving to Obamacare’s exchanges, so just what is this ‘exemption’ all about?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:42 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Greta Van Susteren, Obamacare, Politico, Sean Hannity

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Jon Stewart lashes Fox News with expletive

Certain media types are downplaying the impact of the government shutdown. So what?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:21 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, huffington post, Jon Stewart, MSNBC

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 10/01/2013

MSNBC’s Halperin: Fox News, Limbaugh, Drudge, ‘things on the left’ hamstring politicians

It brings immense pressure on politicians.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:37 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drudge Report, Fox News, Mark Halperin, MSNBC, Rush Limbaugh

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Daily News’s latest provocative cover

A provocative, yet safe, approach for a New York tab.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:45 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, government shutdown, navy yard shooting, New York Daily News

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Fox News has utterly lost it on Obamacare

In attacking legislation that it doesn’t like, Fox News is now attacking NBC News’s health-care Q and A.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:40 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Gretchen Carlson, NBC News, Obamacare

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Fox News wonders: Is NBC News promoting Obamacare?

When news-you-can-use comes under attack, you know you’re living in extreme times.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:04 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, NBC News, Obamacare

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Fox News’s Perino: Liberal media’s ‘charade’ is over

Journalists move into the Obama administration. Does that prove much?

By Erik Wemple  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dana perino, Fox News, liberal media, Washington Post

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 09/27/2013

CBS News’s Sharyl Attkisson (sort of) revisits computer intrusions

Does a piece for CBSNews.com distinguishing between permitted privacy intrusions and ‘illegal’ ones mean more is to come?

By Erik Wemple  |  10:44 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, computers, hacking, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Fox News inflames Obamacare debate

Why on earth wouldn’t Jay Carney be enrolling in Obamacare, if it’s really so great? Turns out there’s a reason why.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:31 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Obamacare

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Where did Bill Clinton get his 800,000 viewer cable-profitability threshold?

In discussion with CNN’s Piers Morgan, the former president throws out an interesting data point. But how accurate is it?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:04 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Introducing the Erik Wemple Blog, Fox Nation contributor!

Fox Nation Web site apparently liked a post on this blog -- a lot.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:12 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox Nation, Fox News, Politico, Poynter

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Fox News’s Bob Beckel trashes Muslims, earns his keep

Roundtable talker unhappy with level of condemnation in the Muslim world.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:17 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob Beckel, Fox News, Muslims, terrorism

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 09/24/2013

CBS News’s Sharyl Attkisson: Hacking investigation ‘progressing’

Reporter says that she had ‘help” in figuring out that her computers had been compromised.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:03 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, CBS News, computers, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Sarah Palin bashes Fox News’s Chris Wallace over media ethics

Why use anono-sources when on-the-record ones are available?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:51 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Wallace, Fox news Sunday, Obamacare, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Hooray for the women of Fox News!

Gretchen Carlson speaks up about pants!

By Erik Wemple  |  06:30 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera beats chest over Benghazi

The veteran newsman brings a bit of fair-and-balanced sauce to Fox News’s Benghazi proceedings.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:28 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Fox News, Geraldo Rivera, Laura Ingraham

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Five reasons why Dennis Kucinich DOES represent Fox News

Fox News contributor interviews Syrian president not in capacity of Fox News contributor. Come again?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bashar al-assad, Dennis Kucinich, Fox News

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Fox News scores really weird Assad interview

Dennis Kucinich: Fox News contributor but non-journalist.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:06 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dennis Kucinich, Fox News, President Bashar al-Assad, syria

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Jon Stewart clubs cable networks over Navy Yard errors

But confusion over number of shooters -- that doesn’t qualify.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:05 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Fox News, Jon Stewart, MSNBC

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 09/18/2013

BBC News presenter has what in his hands?

How does that object bear on the news?

By Erik Wemple  |  09:49 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BBC News, The Guardian

Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 09/17/2013

New York Daily News no-comments AR-15 cover

New York tab goes to extremes in citing weapon.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:03 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Alexis, AR-15, navy yard shooting, New York Daily News

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Fox News uses ‘misleading’ boast about its trustworthiness

Yes, Fox News is the most trusted source of news, according to a poll. It also claims another superlative in the same poll.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:51 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, polling, Public Policy Polling, Roger Ailes

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Navy Yard Shooter: What about that alleged AR-15?

CNN says the gunman yesterday was denied an AR-15. Is this a debate changer?

By Erik Wemple  |  12:07 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Alexis, Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, gun control, New York Times, Piers Morgan

Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Fox News mangles White House firecracker incident

From a scary gun incident to a less scary firecracker incident.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:55 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, gun, White House

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Navy Yard shooting: CNN really, really cautious on ID’ing suspect

What good is a name without biography?

By Erik Wemple  |  06:22 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Alexis, CNN, navy yard shooting, NBC News

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Navy Yard shooting: News outlets retract name of suspect

Retractions are flying in the aftermath of another mass shooting.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:33 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, CNN, navy yard shooting, NBC News, NCIS

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly blames Trayvon Martin’s death on hoodie

Fashion choices and the fate of young black men.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:12 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Allen West, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, gangsta, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin