My new "Think Again" column is called "Money Talks" and it's here.
I did a Daily Beast column with the clunky hed, “Negative Supreme Court Decision Will Make Obamacare Appear a Mistake,” here.
And my Nation column this week is “Punditry and the Art of Failing Upward."
I also published this in The Nation:
DAISEY’S DISTORTIONS: In my column of November 9, 2011, “The Agony, Ecstasy and–‘Disgrace’–of Steve Jobs,” I quoted from Mike Daisey’s one-man show based on what he said he witnessed in the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China. As has been so widely discussed, we now know that while the incidents Daisey described have taken place, he was being less than truthful in claiming to have seen them himself. Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, issues a statement reading, “We would not have called it nonfiction had we known that incidents described in the piece were fabricated….We didn’t know, and the result was that our audience was misled.” Unfortunately (and unknowingly) I passed along some of these same fabrications and so participated in this process. I regret this and regret trusting Mr. Daisey particularly since his fabrications will now be used to discredit his larger point: that of the unconscionable exploitation of Chinese workers by Apple and other computer makers. ERIC ALTERMAN
A bunch of people have asked me why I stopped doing my Forward column. I don’t wish to go into the details in public but one can perhaps intuit them by reading my former editor there Gal Beckerman’s attack on Peter Beinart’s book, here.
Peter’s book is an important moment in the history of liberal Zionism—indeed it may be the last such moment—and it’s a shame that so treasured and valuable an institution as The Forward has chosen to put itself on the wrong side of this struggle. Beckerman’s attack is not so egregriously ideological as the character assassination published in the increasingly neoconservative Tablet, which Peter answers here but stain on the reputation and character on The Forward nevertheless. Peter and I are friendly, if not exactly friends, and I am obviously no fan of Beckerman’s, but it is the arguments, not the individuals involved, that are the reasons this fight is important. So for a more balanced view of Peter’s arguments—which are pretty much my arguments, albeit more fully and eloquently stated than I’ve ever managed to compose them—try this.