Media critic Eric Boehlert, who created the Press Run website and writes for Rolling Stone and Media Matters for America, was struck and killed by an NJ Transit train while riding his bicycle near his home in Montclair earlier this week. He was 57 years old.
An avid cyclist, Boehlert was hit by a commuter train while riding near his home in Montclair on Monday evening, according to journalist Soledad O’Brien, a family friend and host of the Sunday TV show “Matter of Fact”.
O’Brien said Boehlert specializes in exposing misinformation and holding fellow journalists and politicians accountable. She called him “obstinate with facts and a defender of truth” in a lengthy Twitter thread mourning the devastating loss.
Hillary Clinton, who also knew Boehlert, called his death “terrible news” in a tweet on Wednesday.
“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.”
NJ Transit had confirmed the death of a “grown man on a bicycle” just outside Watchung Avenue station on Monday night, saying a Montclair Boonton line train had hit him. He did not comment further on the matter, as the investigation is ongoing.
Boehlert 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.
Salon was among the wave of organizations offering their condolences to his family.
“We are devastated by the loss of esteemed journalist and former senior Salon writer Eric Boehlert,” his tweet began.