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The Liberal Media

Eric Alterman

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?

In wartime, you lose the luxury of choosing your allies: The Bush
Administration's attacks on the New York Times are attacks on us
all.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a really bad guy. But the Bush
Administration's armchair warriors mythologized him into a
self-fulfilling prophecy of insurgent terror.

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

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