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The Liberal Media

Eric Alterman

Bush's contempt for the truth and for those whose job it is to find it
has created an existential crisis for mainstream media.

Do newspapers really need special pages for political pronouncements, stentorian tone and candidate endorsements?

Journalism's in crisis, crushed by Wall Street and tarnished by a
failure of nerve. As newspapers die and fake news proliferates, who will
provide reliable information vital to a functioning democracy?

How can the MSM maintain they hold themselves to higher standards than
the Drudge-driven political blogosphere when they ape its most
irresponsible practices?

The notion that the function of journalists is to explain "the truth" is about as quaint as America's participation in the Geneva Conventions.

Why did the network humiliate its news division, ignore historians and
insult Americans with a 9/11 docudrama that it knew was a tissue of
lies?

Democracy demands that journalists tell the truth. The success of liars
like Bob Novak and Ann Coulter is a greater threat to America than a
truck full of terrorists bent on doing us harm.

Four wars at once? Led by this crew? Are the people who run this
country, enabled by neo-con pundits, dangerously out of their minds?

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Eric Alterman
Eric Alterman is a Distinguished Professor of English, Brooklyn College, City...

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