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The Liberal Media

Eric Alterman

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.

Five years into the Bush Administration, the press corps still can't figure out how to handle the White House's primary media management tactic: lying.

Time magazine's new managing editor has inherited an editorial model that's under siege and a pundit lineup that tilts squarely to the right.

In praise of three giants of American liberalism: John Kenneth Galbraith, Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg and the Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr.

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

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