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AMPLIFICATION:
Because of space constraints and incautious wording in my column last week, I referred to the Times's "Jayson Blair/Gerald Boyd problem." I intended to refer to those attacks on the Times that had asserted or implied that Boyd had in some way been responsible for overlooking Blair's shortcomings and that this pattern somehow reflected on the Times's affirmative-action policies. I did not mean to imply that there was any truth to these accusations. Indeed, there is none on the record as far as I am aware. I apologize to Mr. Boyd for any misimpressions I may have created. --Eric Alterman

The conduct of our major newspapers in the run-up to the Iraq war calls to mind William Hazlitt's famous appraisal of the Times of London.

In forty years of observing presidential contests, I cannot remember another major candidate brutalized so intensely by the media, with the possible exception of George Wallace.

Paul Wellstone would have loved the turn the race for the Democratic presidential nomination has taken.

John Hess, who, it should be said, is one of The Nation's oldest friends and severest critics, once complained to me about an "editor's choice" blurb I'd written, which contained a brief

The evolution of the character invented by the media to play the role "Al Gore" will one day make a remarkable doctoral dissertation.

This morning I got an e-mail from Feminist Majority asking me to e-mail the President protesting the Iraqi Governing Council's approval of Resolution 137, which would abolish current family law a

In July 2002 a retired US Army colonel who would be dead within months unburdened himself of twenty-two classified documents concerning war crimes in Vietnam.

Protecting the government sources who maligned Wen Ho Lee is wrong.

The Bush Administration will make sure that no Grinch spoils Rupert Murdoch's holiday season.

Blogs

Reed dissects the the journalistic equivalent of mortal sins.

August 10, 2012

Once upon a time, CNN would be airing the hottest hearings of the day. Now it’s at the heart of one of them, as Lord Justice Leveson calls CNN anchor Piers Morgan to “explain himself” over comments he made relating to phone hacking.

May 24, 2012

Once upon a time t CNN would be airing the hottest hearings of the day. Now  they're at the heart of the story, as Lord Justice Leveson calls CNN anchor Piers Morgan to “explain himself” over comments he made relating to phone hacking.

May 24, 2012

Comcast’s new minority-owned channels are the direct result of a deal cut with civil rights organizations. So where are the women’s channels?

February 24, 2012

Denver's contest for local school board seats has already cost $600,000, as big-money backers of school privatization, charters and “choice” try to buy control of education policy.

October 21, 2011

Corporate media help manufacture the Tea Party’s power every bit as much as the tea party manufactured our current debt “crisis.”

July 29, 2011

Getting to the bottom of News Corporation would require a global effort—and far more determination than anything shown either by Eric Holder’s Justice Department or David Cameron’s government.

July 20, 2011

Instead of standing up to those in power, News Corp. has fostered cozy relationship with governments on both sides of the Atlantic.

July 20, 2011

Members of Congress and federal regulators have bowed every bit as deeply before Murdoch as British officials. Don’t just investigate Murdoch's misdeeds, examine those of his political accomplices.

July 16, 2011

The Nation's John Nichols joins The Last Word to explain the history of Murdoch's extreme influence over British politics and also how this translates to who is—and who isn't—elected in Washington.

July 11, 2011