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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

The reputations of Reagan-era officials who enabled the Guatemalan genocide have not been tarnished.

Reports of President Obama’s demise turn out to be greatly exaggerated.

Media observers horrified at the thought of a Koch takeover of the Tribune Company are more sanguine about Murdoch. What are they thinking?

Mira Nair's latest film includes a character who's a journalist and CIA agent. Is this responsible filmmaking?

Whistleblowing while you work; jocks’ rape culture; gay marriage: outdated from the start?; Anthony Lewis and Noam Chomsky

For more than three decades, he was perhaps the most prominent establishment voice for the antiwar, human rights and civil rights movements.

Can Andrew Cuomo make New York the “progressive capital of the nation”—by empowering Republicans?

Can he make New York the “progressive capital of the nation”—by empowering Republicans?

Blogs

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.
Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on what's wrong with how the media covers the primary.