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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

There's panic in the neocon playground as young liberal Jewish bloggers refuse to be silenced.

Cutting Charlie Rangel loose would prove just how serious Obama is about transforming Washington's toxic culture of self-enrichment.

Once again, the MSM is casting Americans as far less liberal than they actually are.

CBS News and the Washington Post go into overtime expunging liberal bias.

A mighty train of change is coming to Washington: will the insider establishment hop aboard?

All evidence to the contrary, mainstream media continue to frame election issues with discredited right-wing assumptions.

Politics ain't beanbag, but the thuggishness of McCain and Palin and their conservative media enablers have infected our political discourse.

That McCain and Palin actually have a shot at the White House gives one pause contemplating the future of this country.


Mouths Water. Earth Smiles.

Orient, N.Y.

John McCain is determined to lie his way into the White House, and pundits and reporters are doing everything they can to enable that strategy.

Blogs

 Eric Alterman is in book mode, while Reed Richardson pivots right—center right.
Eric on his return to Yale. Reed reviews Rachel Maddow's new book, Drift.
 Eric Alterman on Bruce and Reed on free speech in the media.
The latest Alter-review from Eric, while Reed points out the long term costs of Super Pacs.
 Eric Alterman recounts a night of Rolling Stones songs at Carnagie Hall. 
Eric Alterman talks the blues and Cold War literature and Reed Richardson assesses our politics through Bruce Springsteen.
 Eric Alterman talks jazz, blues and Floyd while Reed Richardson zeros in on the "Bunker Bluster."
Alter-Reviews and Reed Richardson zeros in on the flip-flop blogging of the Washington Post's Jenifer Rubin.