Longtime media critic and former Daily Kos contributor Eric Boehlert has died at the age of 57 after a tragic bike accident in New Jersey.
Soledad O’Brien broke the news on Twitter.
Boehlert was a media analyst who consistently challenged the narratives propagated by traditional media. He launched his Press Run newsletter in early 2020 and drew widespread praise for his efforts to hold the media accountable.
Boehlert was well-known in the blogging community. He was a senior fellow at Media Matters for 10 years. He wrote Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press in 2009.
Boehlert joined the Daily Kos community in 2007 and later become a regular contributor as a media analyst. His final contribution at Daily Kos was a blistering critique of the media’s inability to hold Donald Trump accountable, titled: “2019, the year the press tried—and failed—to stand up to Trump.” That was just one of the many insights he brought to our audience and elsewhere.
More recently Eric Boehlert was a guest on Daily Kos' The Brief: Has the political press learned anything in its coverage of the Trump Republican Party?
You can see his full Daily Kos history of thought-provoking media critiques here.
His final post at Press Run was titled “Why is the press rooting against Biden?”
The news of Eric Boehlert’s death is reverberating around the internet and there will be more to say in time, but let’s hold Eric’s family and friends in our thoughts for a moment.
His family has confirmed Eric Boehlert was the cyclist killed in an accident with a New Jersey Transit train on Monday night.
A release from NJ Transit on Tuesday reported that a train on the Montclair Boonton Line struck and killed an adult male on a bicycle Monday evening "prior to" the Watchung Avenue station between its 8:59 departure from Hoboken and its scheduled arrival in Hackettstown at 11:07 p.m.