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

News outlets stand by their midterm debacle

What do news organizations have to say about pre-election reports that painted a grim picture for Democrats?

November 22, 2022

What happened to the Democrats’ ‘messaging crisis’?

Did the people who critiqued the 'messaging' of Democrats have a messaging problem of their own?

November 14, 2022

Wake me when Hannity turns on Trump (post-midterms edition)

There's fresh speculation that media mogul Rupert Murdoch is done with Trump. Only one person matters in that equation. He anchors the 9 p.m. show at Fox News.

November 10, 2022

Fox News ‘voter analysis’ disagrees with Fox News

A deluxe survey shows that Americans believe racism is a significant problem in our country. That survey was commissioned by Fox News and the AP.

November 9, 2022

No, MSNBC is not the Fox News of the left

Does the left yearn for its version of Fox News?

November 7, 2022

James Bennet was right

The top opinion editor left the New York Times in June 2020 over a controversy that Publisher A.G. Sulzberger mishandled.

October 27, 2022

Tucker Carlson, megalomaniac

The Fox News host chewed out a powerful House Republican over his suspicions about an anonymous quote in the Daily Beast.

October 24, 2022

CNN host dreams of a ‘whole network’ for ‘independent thinkers’

Could Michael Smerconish's news network vision succeed? Or even exist?

October 20, 2022

Election denier Kari Lake pleads with CNN: ‘Can we talk about issues?’

Why does an election denier get to appear as a regular candidate on CNN?

October 17, 2022

Is Tucker Carlson a red-light guy?

Is the Fox News host practicing what he's preaching?

October 14, 2022