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

Always be wary of Fox News

Fox News host Dana Perino said that ABC News had buried the results of its own poll. Sure — if multiple mentions on ABC's platforms amount to burial.

September 28, 2022

Chris Cuomo on his travails: ‘Everybody lost’

The former anchor of the 9 p.m. hour at CNN is speaking out to promote his about-to-debut show, “Cuomo,” on NewsNation.

September 26, 2022

Verdict upends Project Veritas’s journalism defense in infiltration case

The verdict came after a week of testimony over a 2016 sting operation against a progressive consulting firm.

September 23, 2022

Poor ‘uncomfortable’ Bret Baier!

The Fox News anchor emailed colleagues to complain about the network calling Arizona for Biden on Election Night 2020.

September 21, 2022

The story that even ‘the Donald Trump news network’ wouldn’t publish

James O'Keefe gave Sinclair Broadcast Group an "exclusive" on his investigation into Democratic field operations in 2016. How did that happen?

September 20, 2022

Project Veritas offered cash bonuses for ‘specific goals,’ court records say

In 2016, the sting operation offered staff bonuses if they got certain statements from investigative targets.

September 19, 2022

Project Veritas lawyer disputes ‘political spying’ narrative

Lawyers delivered their opening statements in Democracy Partners v. Project Veritas. At issue was the motivation behind an undercover video.

September 16, 2022

Prospective jurors in Project Veritas trial get grilled on undercover tactics

"I still feel like it's a bit dishonest," said a prospective juror in the case Democracy Partners v. Project Veritas.

September 15, 2022

Journalism or political activism? Project Veritas is on trial over 2016 sting.

A progressive group argues it’s entitled to damages stemming from Project Veritas’s 2016 sting operation. Will a D.C. jury agree?

September 13, 2022

The horror of Jeff German’s killing

Why didn't Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German fear Robert Telles, the Clark County official charged with his murder?

September 13, 2022