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Media critic Eric Boehlert killed in New Jersey biking accident

NEW YORK (AP) — Media critic Eric Boehlert, who created the Press Run website and writes for Rolling Stone and Media Matters for America, has been killed in a biking accident. He was 57 years old.

An avid cyclist, Boehlert was hit by a commuter train while riding near his home in Montclair, New Jersey, on Monday night, according to reporter Soledad O’Brien, a friend of the family.

He specializes in exposing misinformation and holding fellow journalists and politicians accountable, O’Brien, host of the syndicated Sunday talk show “Matter of Fact,” said Wednesday.

“He was stubborn about facts and a defender of truth,” she said.

On Twitter, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called Boehlert’s death “terrible news.”

“I am devastated for his family and friends and will miss his vital work in combating media misinformation and bias,” she wrote. “What a loss.”

He has also written for Salon and Billboard and is the author of the books “Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush” and “Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press.” Boehlert is survived by his wife and two children.

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