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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:Why We're Liberals: A Handbook for Restoring America's Most Important Ideals (2008, 2009); 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 forthcoming Nation eBook, Inequality and One City: Bill de Blasio and the New York Experiment, Year One will be pubished in February, 2015.

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

Despite what many in the media believe, the American public is interested in more than just right-wing punditry and celebrity gossip.

Will Rupert Murdoch's play to own and operate the Wall Street Journal have a silver lining for liberals?

What do the Washington Post --and the rest of the MSM--have against Al Gore?

Thanks to the potty-mouths of Bush and Cheney, we've won the right to accidentally curse on the public airwaves. Now, what about all the networks' intentional antisocial behavior?

The New York Sun's alleged success is a figment of its conservative owners' imaginations.

If we are ever to solve the Israel/Palestinian conflict, learning each other's historical narratives is surely the place to begin.

Liberals prefer to ignore that when it comes to verbal violence, white radio shock jocks are given the same pass as gangsta rappers.

Progressives need to take on Fox News's ugly propaganda.

Media bigwigs are taking a beating as bloggers challenge their accuracy, integrity and transparency.

Like Elvis, the host of MSNBC's nightly shoutfest just can't help falling in love... with Bush, Giuliani, Thompson, Romney...

Blogs

Alterman is off, Reed dispenses on bad-news muffins.
Alterman on classic rock and jazz, Reed on cliché's gravitational pull over media.
Eric on a Shakespeare reimagining and Reed on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
 Eric on Bill Keller's Iraq problems and Reed on horserace journalism.
It turns out there's no such thing as too old to rock n' roll anymore.
Eric reviews some new CDs by the kind of folks defining a certain kind of blues-based, jazz-informed American music, and the mail.
Eric clears away the brush with reviews and T-Mobile struggles, and Reed envisions the post-Citizen United American democracy.
Eric has never written for US News, and he is frustrated with T-Mobile.