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Eric Alterman

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Eric Alterman is Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism, Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is also the “Liberal Media” columnist for The Nation, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and the Nation Institute and the World Policy Institute in New York, as well as former columnist for The Daily Beast, The Forward, Moment, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, the Sunday Express (London), etc. Alterman is the author of 10 books, including the national bestseller What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News. He has been called “the most honest and incisive media critic writing today” in the National Catholic Reporter and author of “the smartest and funniest political journal out there” in The San Francisco Chronicle. A winner of the George Orwell Prize, the Stephen Crane Literary Award, and the Mirror Award for media criticism, he has previously taught at Columbia and NYU and has been a Hoover Institution Media Fellow at Stanford University. Alterman received his PhD in American history from Stanford, his MA in international relations at Yale, and his BA from Cornell. He lives with his family in Manhattan, where he is currently at work on a book about the history of the Israel/Palestine debate in the United States for Basic Books. More information is available at ericalterman.com.


  • Media October 7, 1999

    Navigating The Atlantic

    Michael Kelly said all the right things upon being appointed to head the 142-year-old beacon of American letters, The Atlantic Monthly.

    Eric Alterman

  • Media September 23, 1999

    A Euro Without a Europe

    "The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting," writes Milan Kundera in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. But in the US media today, nothing is so priz

    Eric Alterman

  • Media September 9, 1999

    Little Limbaughs and the Fire Next Time

    Residents of Skaneateles, New York, complained to visiting reporters about the Clintons' decision to make themselves relatively scarce on their recent vacation.

    Eric Alterman

  • Media February 25, 1999

    Tilting at Rumor Mills

    Now that the Constitution has been rescued and sexual McCarthyism discredited, perhaps the most durable legacy of the Lewinsky mess is the central location of the right-wing slime machine on th

    Eric Alterman

  • Media January 28, 1999

    A Cold War Over the Cold War?

    Yale University Press's Annals of Communism series, begun in 1995, is among the most ambitious and influential scholarly undertakings to address the historical role of Communism and the Soviet

    Eric Alterman

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  • Politics October 6, 1997

    Heart of Whiteness

    Milton Friedman, Gary Bauer, William F. Buckley. Could we ask more of a cruise?

    Eric Alterman

  • January 27, 1997

    TNR: The Long Goodbye

    A once-liberal magazine finally decides it hates them. 

    Eric Alterman