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Eric Alterman

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Eric Alterman

Eric Alterman

Columnist

Eric Alterman is a Distinguished Professor of English, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and Professor of Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is also "The Liberal Media" columnist for The Nation and a fellow of The Nation Institute, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he writes and edits the "Think Again" column, a senior fellow (since 1985) at the World Policy Institute. Alterman is also a regular columnist for Moment magazine and a regular contributor to The Daily Beast. He is the author of seven books, including the national bestsellers, What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News (2003, 2004), and The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America (2004). The others include: When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and its Consequences, (2004, 2005); His Sound & Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy (1992, 2000), which won the 1992 George Orwell Award; It Ain't No Sin to be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999, 2001), which won the 1999 Stephen Crane Literary Award and Who Speaks for America? Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy, (1998). His most recent book is Why We're Liberals: A Handbook for Restoring America's Most Important Ideals (2008, 2009).

Termed "the most honest and incisive media critic writing today" in the National Catholic Reporter, and author of "the smartest and funniest political journal out there," in the San Francisco Chronicle, Alterman is frequent lecturer and contributor to numerous publications in the US, Europe and Latin America. In recent years, he has also been a columnist for: MSNBC.com, Worth, Rolling StoneMother Jones, and the Sunday Express (London), a history consultant to HBO films and a senior fellow at Media Matters for America. A former Adjunct Professor of Journalism at NYU and Columbia, Alterman received his B.A. in History and Government from Cornell, his M.A. in International Relations from Yale, and his Ph.D. in US History from Stanford. He lives with his family in Manhattan.

Articles

News and Features

Many Israelis, Netanyahu included, were never serious about seeking a two-state solution in the peace negotiations.

The NYC mayor as fumbling amateur: this story writes itself, no facts required.

Conservative hysteria over Putin’s aggression in 2014 is eerily reminiscent of right-wing reaction to a previous Crimean adventure, at the dawn of the Cold War.

From celebrity deaths to the crisis of the middle class, it’s all their fault.

A biography by Gabriel Sherman clarifies the Fox impresario’s role in his network’s deceptions.

The conservative NYT columnist steers the conversation away from economics and toward “behavioral” terrain.

Wild Republican accusations have been debunked—but still they continue.

Hard-hitting New York Times coverage has been journalism at its best—although the Chinese authorities apparently don't agree.

Keep talkin' happy talk… till the fat lady sings…

Why it’s hard to make sense of US foreign policy.

Blogs

Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on Al Jazeera America. 
Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on the McCutcheon ruling.
Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on Obamacare and the right-wing media.
Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on the media’s coverage of the missing Malaysia Air Flight 370. 
Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on the “nuclear option” and the media.
Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on accountability in mainstream journalism. 
Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on Ted Cruz.