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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

The GOP panders to racists, and liberals are blamed for a “neurotic” obsession with race.

How can it be that the “richest Jew in the world” can buy the foreign policy of a major party’s presidential contender and “the Jews” have somehow escaped the blame?

In today’s media climate, it’s much easier to smear critics of the push for war on Iran as “anti-Semites” than to deal honestly with the facts.

Once again, the MSM falls for the story of Saul Bellow's "former liberal" son, who specializes in publishing right-wing dreck.

Contrary to the spin, New York’s new tax plan privileges millionaires at the expense of the 99 percent.

The MSM’s addiction to false equivalence continues to distort our political debate.

Ever notice that anytime anyone tells the truth in the contest for the Republican nomination, a new scandal erupts?

While our tech-obsessed media fondled their iPhones, it was left to a courageous monologist to discover the real legacy of Apple's founder.

From the Times to NPR, the so-called liberal media has a phobia of liberals.

The New York Times columnist faults President Obama for failing to do… exactly what he did.

Blogs

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.
Eric on ranking Woody Allen; and Reed on the press's misplaced skepticism.
Eric on Joan Osborne; and Reed on This Town.
Eric on the great American novel; and Reed on why gridlock doesn't explain Republican intransigence. 
Eric on the amazing range of Cecile McLorin Salvant and Reed on why Samuel Alito is still an asshole.