First things first: We’ve got a new "Think Again" column called "Blame Gitmo"
My new Nation column is called "What Would Molly Say?" and that’s here.
Also, I keep forgetting to mention this lecture/discussion in honor of Tom Paine I’m doing next week at the Ethical Culture Society in NewYork, which is naturally free and open to the public. Here’s the invitation, (with apologies for the excessive degree of self-promotion, even by Internet standards, but thanks to the Center for Inquiry for the kind words). It will take place Wednesday, January 20 at 7pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture headquarters:
What Would Tom Paine Think? Liberal Values In Obama’s First Year
A special event with Eric Alterman
Please join the Center for Inquiry-NYC and the New York Society for Ethical Culture for the annual Thomas Paine Memorial lecture, featuring Eric Alterman.
Alterman is a media columnist for The Nation and Distinguished Professorof English and Journalism at Brooklyn College, and a Senior Fellow of the Center for American Progress, the World Policy Institute and the Nation Institute. This event takes place exactly one year after the inauguration of President Obama, and Paine’s views–on issues ranging from economic justice to freedom of and from religion–are highly relevant to some of the most significant political controversies that have emerged during the first year of the new administration.
The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Inquiry-New York City with the New York Society for Ethical Culture and will be held at the Ethical Culture headquarters, 64th Street & Central Park West, beginning at 7p.m. A question-and-answer period and author book signing will follow.
Alterman, widely praised for his incisive criticism of the media, is the author, most recently, of Why We’re Liberals: A Handbook for Reviving America’s Most Important Ideals (2008) and What Liberal Media?:TheTruth About Bias And The News. He is also a regular contributor toThe Daily Beast. For more information visit
Alterman’s passionate, persuasive, and polemical writing–always backed up by scrupulous research–is in the best tradition of the independent journalism of Thomas Paine, the preeminent propagandist of the American Revolution; radical economic thinker, and passionate advocate for the separation of church and state. Following a tradition established by freethinkers in New York in the early 1820s, the
Center for Inquiry always celebrates the anniversary of Paine’s birthday (Jan. 29, 1737) with a talk by a distinguished journalist or scholar.