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Eric Alterman

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Eric Alterman

Eric Alterman

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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

Obama has paid an enormous price for pushing Israel to keep promises it has already made to freeze settlement expansion, and for what?

American conservatism is poised to come to (legislative) power, just as it runs itself off the rails.

With Marty Peretz, the problem is not a single racist statement, it's a lifetime of them.

The ultra-conservative funders the Koch brothers don't directly fund media—and they don't have to.  Instead, they've successfully funded the politicians and the "experts" who create the context for what the media debates.

Nine years after 9/11, hatred of Islam has infected many Americans. How else can we explain the opposition to an Islamic community center two blocks away from where the attacks took place?

Why a progressive presidency is impossible, for now.

Andrew Breitbart's schtick should be familiar by now. The same techniques used to defame Shirley Sherrod and discredit the NAACP were employed to destroy ACORN.

Even with supermajorities in both houses of Congress behind them, American presidents cannot pass the kind of transformative progressive legislation that Barack Obama promised in his 2008 presidential campaign. Here's why.

JournoList is yet another casualty of the toxic combination of conservative conspiracy mongering and mainstream media cowardice.

Blogs

Eric on Neil Young and Reed on Jake Tapper's Afghanistan book.
Eric on Jazz at Lincoln Center and Reed on reining in defense spending.
Eric on the New York Winter Jazz Festival and Reed on pundits chasing grand bargains.
Eric on Chuck Hagel and Reed on achieving comprehensive gun control.
A small-bore, context-free, artificially balanced press corps only serves the interests of the powerful.
Once again, the media has absolutely failed us in keeping our government accountable on gun policy.
Our sticky, rickety ability to govern forces us to incessantly choose policy choices from the bad/dumb end of the solution continuum.
Poltifact misses it big by discluding Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comments from its "Lies of the Year" list.