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Ink Stained Wretches
The news about the News

Eliana Johnson and Chris Stirewalt love the news business but they hate a lot of what’s happening to it these days. Using their decades of experience in print, digital and TV news they tell the story behind the stories, always on the lookout for bias, sloppy reporting and, well, just plain wretched journalism. Every week they help you to be a better, smarter news consumer.

We break down media coverage of the Texas shooting, ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ goes poof, and NPR creates a snitch line.
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Media makes a hash of the Buffalo shooting, the Biden administration pulls the plug on the Biden administration’s “disinformation” board, and a birder is back.
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Axios gets its comeuppance for allowing reporters to join political protests, Chris has some issues with primary coverage, and the AP misses the real story on corporate silence on Roe decision
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#SyrupConcerns
May 6, 2022
We break down Roe v. Wade coverage, the “boring” White House beat, and Trump’s role in the GOP primaries.
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I love your Musk
Apr 29, 2022
Pressies panic over Musk’s Twitter acquisition and “harassment” of obscenely wealthy and powerful tech execs, Murdoch’s Facebook grudge lives on – and isn’t newsworthy, and should we care whether Kamala is taking a COVID pill?
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CNN Minus
Apr 22, 2022
CNN scuttles streaming service, Taylor Lorenz plays ding dong ditch, and the journos go nuts over a judge’s ruling on the CDC mask mandate for federal transit
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How race skews crime coverage, CNN gets owned, and geez, why can’t the NYT or the WaPo tell us what the 1619 Project actually says?
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Two Masters
Apr 8, 2022
New York Times: #NeverTweet, Gridiron dinner becomes a COVID superspreader, and will Psaki bomb on MSNBC?
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Apr 1, 2022
The WaPo investigates the authenticity of Hunter Biden’s laptop, Ginni Thomas pushes Ukraine off the front page, and Chris and Eliana tackle reader e-mail
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Mar 26, 2022
Mary Katharine Ham is in for Chris. We talk about the latest brouhaha over an NYT editorial, what the heck is up with Axios’s weird new newsletter, and lots of listener mail.
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Mar 18, 2022
Chris Cuomo’s novel defense, emotionally exploitative Ukraine coverage, and Chris makes a star turn on Jon Stewart’s show
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Mar 11, 2022
Taylor Lorenz is just bigger than that, according to Taylor Lorenz, plus the truckers are the left’s Mexican caravan, and a top NYT reporter accidentally says what he really thinks about some of his whiny colleagues
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Mar 4, 2022
Chris goes all-in on why SOTU coverage is ridiculous, journos unite at the altar of Zelensky, and Eliana is doubly obsessed with CNN.
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Feb 25, 2022
Eliana talks baby, plus Eliana and Chris dig deep on their obsessions over the past six weeks: the CNN drama, the Washington Post's (mis)understanding of freedom, and the Free Beacon's crack pipe blockbuster.
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POLITICO White House correspondent and author of West Wing Playbook Alex Thompson talks to the wretches about the trials and travails of covering the Biden administration, working for Maureen Dowd, and more
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In what we didn't know was an exit interview, the recently departed New York Times media writer covers the waterfront on journalism and the news business with Eliana and Chris
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Eliana and Chris unpack the best and worst of the media in 2021
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Joe Manchin is no maverick, Kamala can't take the heat in the kitchen, and capes are super, or the Financial Times says
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Chris Wallace +
Dec 17, 2021
FNC Sunday host jumps to streaming, NYT issues an epic correction aka retraction, and Fox News hosts hit up Mark Meadows on Jan. 6 with their unvarnished thoughts
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Rep. Devin Nunes leaves Congress for MAGA media, surgeon general shrinks the news, much ado about Fox’s torched tinsel
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Chris Cuomo demonstrates once again that he is unfit for primetime, or anytime, the media botches crime and Omicron coverage, and Chris's Dispatch colleagues hit the exits from Fox News
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Thanksgiving Special
Nov 26, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy the greatest hits of Ink Stained Wretches
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The Aspen Institute takes on “misinformation,” the left wants in on the right’s media “dominance,” and POLITICO fills us in on the mental health travails of State Department employees
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Plus, MSNBC grapples with big changes, the New York Times gives us chef’s kiss climate summit coverage, and we dig into how the media beclowned itself with the Steele dossier
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Dems and the MSM try to tell the audience that critical race theory doesn't exist in Virginia, workers of the world unite at Politico, and the New York Times reports Americans are confused by wokesters' evolving language.
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It's a Matter of Trust
Oct 31, 2021
Facebook ignites a moral panic in the media, Tucker Carlson prepares to air special on Jan. 6 as “false flag,” and the NYT tells us how and why Gen Z is owning the millennials
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Streaming Disservice
Oct 22, 2021
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos half caves, but speaks to an important truth, Pete Buttigieg's paternity brouhaha, and David Corn vs. Joe Manchin
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Where's the Le Boeuf?
Oct 15, 2021
Gruesome Gruden coverage, Katie Couric takes a knee for RBG, and alternative media sources pick up the MSM slack on wokeism
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Stirewalt sounds off on Jon Stewart’s new show, the problems with the media coverage of the Facebook whistleblower, and Katie Couric is eviscerated
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Eliana Vindicated
Oct 1, 2021
Mark Milley fails his book report, Ben Smith shreds the Theranos of media, and local news is sending out the alert on pot gummies in your kids’ Halloween candy
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Cracking the Whip
Sep 24, 2021
The media gets the border-patrol story wrong and can't stop complaining that pretty young white women get too much coverage
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Joint Chiefs chairman Mark Milley becomes a hero for some, a villain for others
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The MSM can't stop talking about the "horse drug," the WaPo hit piece on Stanley McChrystal, and Tomi Lahren puts us on alert for voter fraud in California
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Dissed-Information
Sep 3, 2021
Afghanistan coverage goes off the rails, CNN’s “standards,” and our beef with fact-checkers
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German media giant acquires Politico, the blame game in Afghanistan, and DeSantis dukes it out with the Associated Press
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The Honeymoon is Over
Aug 20, 2021
Joe Biden faces a media reckoning
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Our friend Julie Mason steps in to discuss infighting at Fox, CNN gets a late-night lashing, a new look at the bird watcher of Central Park, and New York Times laments the ethnic food isle
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The Cuomo brothers' brouhaha, Tucker Carlson interviews Hungarian strongman Viktor Orbán, and NPR greenlights political protests on the part of its reporters so long as they're in favor of "the freedom and dignity of human beings."
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Bye Felicia
Jul 30, 2021
Simone Biles and safety culture come to the Olympics, news reporters take a stand on Jan. 6, and Felicia Sonmez sues her bosses
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The Texas Democrats’ big adventure gets MSM treatment, Fox News goes pro-vax, and Michael Wolff drops a truth bomb on CNN’s Brian Stelter
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Says Who?
Jul 16, 2021
Michael Wolff gets it wrong, anonymous sourcing, and a former NYT editor’s renunciation of objectivity
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Critical Base Theory
Jul 9, 2021
Tucker vs. the NSA, Media covers the media’s Jan. 6 heroes, and CNN goes all-in on Critical Race Theory
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The Introduction
Jun 30, 2021
Eliana and Chris interview each other
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