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
Latest from Erik Wemple

NBC News spoils Breyer’s retirement announcement

Scoops about a majestically opaque American institution are generally hard to come by.

January 27, 2022

Peter Doocy did his job

Antagonizing President Biden and getting him to slip up should be written into his formal job description.

January 25, 2022

Sarah Palin v. NYT: Exploring the line between bad journalism and libelous journalism

At issue is the elasticity of the protections that allow news organizations to present tough coverage of public figures.

January 21, 2022

Where’s Fox News’s outrage over One America News’s deplatforming?

Could it be that the No. 1 cable news network has a selective approach to free expression?

January 21, 2022

Ruth Shalit Barrett sues the Atlantic and bashes this media critic

Why is Barrett excavating the details of her Atlantic feature on college admissions?

January 13, 2022

Why did the media ignore an allegation against an accuser of Andrew Cuomo?

A 2017 lawsuit alleged that Charlotte Bennett, the former governor's second accuser, had filed a false sexual assault allegation in college.

January 10, 2022

He is no longer Tucker Carlson. He’s King Tucker.

Introducing the first cable-news monarch.

January 8, 2022

Stephanie Grisham is organizing against Trump. Good luck!

How serious is the former White House press secretary?

January 6, 2022

Sean Hannity’s bottomless corruption

Fox News has paid a star anchor millions of dollars to essentially work for someone else.

January 5, 2022

Never count out Fox News

Yes, the network had a really bad week. But it still has its audience.

December 21, 2021