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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

Wall Street’s refusal to pony up for Obama’s second term is an example of ingratitude mixed with ineptitude on the grandest scale imaginable.

The liars and lunatics serve as a smoke screen for the conservative war on the poor and the middle class.

The killing of Osama bin Laden was a just and necessary undertaking, but it should not be an occasion for joy.

The newspaper should be taking a stand against education scams—but it’s dependent on one such program for its profitability.

The problem with Fox is not that it's conservative—it’s that it’s full of falsehoods.

A man like Murdoch deserves to be shunned. That he is celebrated instead tells you almost all you need to know about the insanity that grips our benighted political culture.

In Wisconsin and elsewhere, attacks on unions aren’t about budget savings. They're about dismantling the final barrier to the domination of American politics by the power of money.

Reagan proved that deficits don't matter—and truth doesn't either.

The assault on public employee unions is the next phase of a the forty-year campaign by the rich against the rest of us.

Blogs

Eric on two recent deaths and Reed on the fallacy of balance in the same-sex marriage debate.
Eric on the underappreciated Woody Shaw, and Reed on the legacy of Dodd-Frank.
Eric on Tom Jones and what people are syaing about his book, and Reed on media and drones. 
Coming on the heels of the DOJ's seizure of AP records, proposed legislation to keep reporters from being forced to reveal their...
The think tank has long since compromised its intellectual integrity, yet the media continue to trumpet flawed reports like the latest one...
Eric on Howard Kurtz, Reed on the disfunction in the capital.
With the opening of George W's presidential library, pundits are rushing to whitewash the memory of those years of folly.
The New York Times columnist chastises President Obama for his failure to deal with other pols, ignoring the huge flaws of a...