Sunday, September 24

Journalist Eric Boehlert dies aged 57 after being struck by a train on bike

JOURNALIST and renowned media critic Eric Boehlert has died after being involved in a bicycle accident as fellow writers pay tribute to the author.

The tragic accident occurred on Monday night after he was struck by a train in Montclair, New Jersey, while on his bike, Boehlert’s wife, Tracy Breslin, confirmed to The US Sun.

Writer and well-known media critic Eric Boehlert died Monday evening after being involved in a bicycle accident


Writer and well-known media critic Eric Boehlert died Monday evening after being involved in a bicycle accidentCredit: CNN
Boehlert's wife described her husband as the 'kindest, most generous and one of the coolest guys'


Boehlert’s wife described her husband as the ‘kindest, most generous and one of the coolest guys’

According to the NJ Transit, 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 8.59pm departure from Hoboken and its scheduled arrival in Hackettstown at 11.07pm.

Tracy described her husband as the “kindest, most generous and one of the coolest guys you will ever meet.”

A frequent bicyclist and runner, Tracy said her husband was biking, enjoying the warm weather when the tragedy unfolded.

Boehlert was a renowned media critic, writer and founder of the Press Run Newsletter, with a mission of delivering “unfiltered, passionate, and proudly progressive critique of the political press in the age of [Donald] Trump.”

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A “fierce and fearless defender of journalism,” the writer’s wife said he was “just as kind” to critics and the media.

“He was a fierce defender of the truth, but as fierce as he was to critics and the media, he was just as kind to them as well,” Tracy said.

“Overall, just a really amazing, unique person. Such a good dad.”

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Prior to his work at Press Run, Mr. Boehlert was a senior fellow at Media Matters for America for 10 years and a staff writer for Salon for five years.

He appeared in hundreds of television appearances discussing the media and has been quoted in dozens of publications, including BuzzFeed, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Before that, he wrote about the music industry as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and as a staff writer at Billboard.

Salon confirmed the news of Boehlert’s death Wednesday on Twitter.

“We are devastated by the loss of esteemed journalist and former @Salon senior writer, Eric Boehlert,” a tweet from the outlet said.

“Our condolences to Eric’s family and friends during this difficult time. His passing is a huge loss to media criticism and progressive journalism.”


“A terrible loss. We’ve lost an awesome human being, handsome/cool/witty dude who kicked ass on our behalf,” fellow journalist and friend Soledad O’Brien tweeted.

“Crazy devotion to facts, context and good reporting. Enemy of BS, fake news.”

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted: “I’m devastated for his family and friends and will miss his critical work to counteract misinformation and media bias. What a loss.”

“Rest In Peace Eric Boehlert. Greatly admired his passion and tenacity,” Jon Stewart tweeted.

“This is an awful loss,” tweeted author Mark Harris.

“Eric Boehlert was a remarkable and staunch advocate for greater honesty in the press, a remarkable Twitter presence, and a man of conscience who knew how to call bulls–t and who to call it on. Condolences to all who knew him.”

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Author Lawrence O’Donnell tweeted: “This is deeply tragic. Eric was brilliant and relentless.”

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Mr. Boehlert is survived by his wife and his two children, Benjamin and Jane.

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