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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 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.

A computer virus foiling Iran's nuclear plans should delight those spoiling for an attack. Does it?

Conservatives today talk up all kinds of values, but they're all subordinated to a single goal: class warfare.

Obama's election was not the game changer progressives hoped for. For that, we need to remake our democracy's rules.

Obama's flawed tax compromise is just the latest result of the Democrats' failure to clearly explain their vision for this country's economic future.

Blogs

Press coverage is hasty, error-prone and frequently depressing—but it nonetheless plays a vital role in our society.
Social Security hasn't contributed to this deficit and won't add to future debt—and it's journalistic malpractice for the...
The hard-right wing exerts an oversized influence on our gridlocked Congress, thanks in part to a Beltway media enamored of them.
A column arguing that a liberal foundation outspent the Koch brothers disproves its own assertion in a disclaimer—which conveniently...
In the wake of Citizens United, big campaign donors are buying off not only politicians, but also the local news networks that cover...
The lead-up to the Iraq War ten years ago shows us how the media today falsely correlates importance and exclusivity.
Journalists need to hold themselves to higher standards, as do their ombudsmen.
A list of some of the most memorable cultural and sports moments in this country.