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The Liberal Media

Eric Alterman

Here's an honor roll of people who risked their positions and/or prestige to warn the nation of the Iraq War catastrophe.

With Bush's popularity dropping and Iraq in chaos, Democrats must provide clear leadership without making themselves targets of political assassination by the right. How can they do that when the master story in the media depicts a party in disarray?

The right-wing hijacking of religion's public role in our political
discourse is as undeniable as it is inappropriate, and represents one
of liberalism's most serious problems.

Why expect political balance on talk TV when the networks are wedded to the belief that all the action is on the right?

Despite his lies and incompetence, Bush remains more popular with elite
media than Clinton or any other political leader who sought to save us
from the Iraq catastrophe. Why won't they connect the dots?

Coverage of the Alito hearings revealed once again that there is no
liberal bias in mainstream media.

The willingness of our most powerful media companies to defer to
pressure from the White House is deeply disconcerting. In the name of
national security, the Bush team repeatedly demonstrates its contempt
for the media and for normative standards of truth.

The 9/11 Commission's startling follow-up report that savages the Bush Administration's inadequate efforts to protect the country from terrorism was met by the media with a collective yawn. And so we remain vulnerable, amazed and, if sensate, terrified.

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

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