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Eric Alterman

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Eric Alterman

Eric Alterman

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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:Why We're Liberals: A Handbook for Restoring America's Most Important Ideals (2008, 2009); 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 forthcoming Nation eBook, Inequality and One City: Bill de Blasio and the New York Experiment, Year One will be pubished in February, 2015.

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

Is this a politician who, when faced with recalcitrant opposition, would rather switch than fight?

Why do the media believe that they must behave like idiots in order to be “fair” to the Republicans and their idiotic ideas?

Just three years ago, President Obama was an unapologetic Keynesian. Now, he's jumped on the deficit hysteria bandwagon.

Politicians don't just need the billionaire media mogul's cash—they need his newspapers, magazines and TV networks, too.

Academics flocked to a Paris conference in Tony Judt’s memory—but solutions to the growing anti-government absolutism he warned of were scarce.

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.

Blogs

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.
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...