Eric Boehlert, a seasoned journalist who has vehemently criticized right-wing disinformation and media hypocrisy, died Monday in New Jersey. He was 57-year-old.
What was the Cause of Eric Boehlert’s death?
Boehlert was hit by a New Jersey transit train while riding his bicycle near the Watchung Avenue station in Montclair. His death was confirmed by his wife Tracey Breslin.
A frequent commentator on television and radio, and a prolific writer, Mr. Boehlert has never shied away from scathingly criticizing what he sees as bias in the mainstream press and the media’s circular influence on politics.
After more than a decade as a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, a left-wing media monitoring group, Mr. Boehlert has launched his own newsletter, Press Run, as a vehicle for his comments in recent years.
Eric was born in Utica, New York, and spent part of his childhood in Indiana before his family moved to Guildford, Connecticut. He received a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Early in his career, Mr. Boehlert worked in the music industry at Billboard and Rolling Stone before becoming a staff writer at Salon. In 2006 he joined Media Matters.
Mr. Boehlert was the author of two non-fiction books, Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush- published in 2006, and Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press- published in 2009.
After working as a journalist for the Daily Kos website, Mr. Boehlert launched the Press Run in 2020, which he called an unfiltered, impassioned and proud progressive critique of the political press in the Trump era.
In Mr. Boehlert’s last article in Press Run, published on the day of his death, he questioned journalists’ coverage of the Biden administration, saying that the media was downplaying the president’s accomplishments.
Mr. Abate said they have been friends for 45 years since they met in eighth grade. Abate added that Eric was the kindest, warmest, most gentle, most loving person he knew, and at the same time, he was an absolutely ferocious warrior when it came to fighting injustice.
Eric Boehlert, a savvy commentator on the failures of corporate media, and a bold critic of right-wing bias in broadcasting, has died at age 57. A skilled reporter and a fierce analyst, @EricBoehlert shaped our understanding of how dishonest media creates dysfunctional politics. pic.twitter.com/OcQUki29QK
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) April 6, 2022
Tweets by his closed ones
On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state, wrote on Twitter, “I’m devastated for his family and friends and will miss his critical work to counteract misinformation and media bias”.
In a statement by the group, which was posted on Twitter, “His passing is a real loss for truth and will leave a void in the broader media landscape.”
Jon Stewart, the comedian, and talk show host writes in a tweet, “Rest In Peace Eric Boehlert. Greatly admired his passion and tenacity.”
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