Erik Wemple

Washington, D.C.

Media critic with a focus on the ups and downs and downs of the cable-news industry

Education: Hamilton College, BA in Government; Georgetown University, MS in Foreign Service

Erik Wemple has been doing journalism for and about Washington for more than two decades. He started out covering export controls, with an emphasis on the Commerce Department’s long-since-renamed Bureau of Export Administration. But then he took a liking to local affairs, which turned into a position as the Loose Lips columnist for Washington City Paper. Then came a stint covering Washington for a New York-based, media-obsessed product of the Internet bubble (, now defunct). After eight years as editor of City Paper and another year as editor of, he landed at The Washington P
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Fox News's top-rated host avoided the core issue.

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Jen Psaki’s puny conflict of interest

The outgoing White House press secretary has a conflict of interest, albeit a small one.

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Warner Bros. Discovery summarily dissed the work of hundreds of staffers.

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Tucker Carlson, workplace menace

A New York Times investigation highlights the Fox News host's uncivil behavior toward colleagues.

May 6, 2022

Radical transparency visits the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court springs a leak and joins the modern world

May 4, 2022

NBC News says unattributed material in 11 articles was ‘supplemental’ reporting

Editor's note from broadcaster's website contains few details for its readers.

May 2, 2022

Hannity has been burned before on his texting habit. It’s happened again.

The Fox News host is America's most committed propagandist.

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CBS News commentator Mick Mulvaney has a new credibility problem

It's important for a TV commentator to believe in the things he says.

April 27, 2022