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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: 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

How the pundit class is turning a right-wing ideologue into a bold intellectual—and framing the election.

Those two words conjure up a world in which one thing is certain: there will be chaos.

No wonder the public remains so misinformed, as bigfoot pundits not only whitewash Republican extremism but paint Obama’s soggy centrism in false hues as its ideological equivalent.

The paper had a problem: it needed a blogger to cover conservatives. It wound up with a bigger problem.

A web of right-wing groups bankrolled by billionaires dominates our politics. Our media shouldn’t let them remain in the shadows.

Why do journalists run interference for the 1 percent, when their job is to expose their schemes?

In a city divided by extremes, the festival brings together all kinds of people to cook up something marvelous.

American Jews could play a useful role in aiding our Israeli cousins to see that they are destroying what was noble about their country. Why won't they?

He began his career singing about cars and girls before moving on to empty factories and abandoned quarries—and now, with Wrecking Ball, the depredations of Wall Street.

Blogs

Eric Alterman’s weekly media round-up. 
Eric on the best new play in town; and Reed on problems of process journalism.
Eric on the best TV series you have never heard of; and Reed on the sad state of republican politics.
Eric on the Science of Springsteen; and Reed on the perverse influence of Twitter on our political conversations.
Eric on the hidden treasure in the new Bob Dylan; Reed on the impending airstrikes in Syria.
Eric on Jeff Bezos; and Reed on why you should be reading McClatchy.
Eric on a forgotten bit of Chicago musical history; and Reed on what's undemocratic about town halls.
Eric on The Boss; and Reed on the alarming assault on free press.