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Eric Alterman

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Eric Alterman

Eric Alterman


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.


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.


Big Alter-media week: We've got a new called "Think Again column called"Remember Real Journalism," and it's here. We did a BHTV episode...
We've got a new Think Again: Whose News Is It, Anyway? and a new Nation column called "It Can Happen Here," here. Speaking of music on TV...
Think Again: Whose News Is It, Anyway? and a new Nation column called "It Can Happen Here," here. Alter-reviews: America's Weapons of...
We've got a new Think Again column here and it is called "The Other Meltdown: Conservatives." And I've got a new column in Moment called "...
We've got a new "Think Again" column here called, "Thank God for Gitmo." I've also got a new Nation column called "War is Over (If You Want...
We've got a new "Think Again" column herecalled, "Thank God for Gitmo." I've also got a new Nation column called "War is Over (If You Want...
We (Danielle and I) have a new Think Again up here. It's called Media To Climate: 'Drop Dead.' "There is a crack; a crack in everything...
We (Danielle and I) have a new Think Again up here It's called Media To Climate: 'DropDead' We had a few problems with the links last time...