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Entries by Eric Alterman from 03/2007

You Call That News?

| Posted 03.01.2007 | Politics
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What else wasn't covered last week in between Brittney's thighs, Anna-Nicole's boobs, and David Geffen's canapés on thin wafers?

The Death of Arthur Schlesinger

| Posted 03.01.2007 | Politics
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This is what neocons do when people die: they say their enemies secretly thought they were right.

Let Coulter Rot

| Posted 03.05.2007 | Politics
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And on a similar subject, what is it about Ann Coulter that inspires people to behave so stupidly? (Hello, Time editors, TV bookers, book publishers w...

On Libby

| Posted 03.07.2007 | Politics
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Recall I offered to bet anyone $1,000 that such a pardon would take place before Libby went to jail. I'm withdrawing that offer, though it could still happen.

Oh, You Can't Scare Me...

| Posted 03.08.2007 | Politics
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Reasons Mickey Kaus is, as the young people say, "wack..." (or do they say "whack?") on the topic of unions and card-checks: Kaus has decided to make...

Liberals for Huckabee

| Posted 03.08.2007 | Politics
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I've been meaning to jump on the bandwagon of "Liberals for Huckabee." I know almost next to nothing about the guy except that I think I saw him on Th...

Think Again: What About Bob?

| Posted 03.08.2007 | Politics
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Novak's power and prestige derives from the fact that, despite his many journalistic and ethical transgressions, he remains protected inside the bosom of the Washington insider establishment.

On Fox News, Bias is Besides the Point

| Posted 03.12.2007 | Politics
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This story reveals some of the perils -- and problems -- with straightforward MSM reporting, conscientiously undertaken. For instance, this paragraph...

Alter-Reviews

| Posted 03.13.2007 | Politics
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Remember what Walker Percy's The Moviegoer said about Jews and single movie-going? I've been going almost every day recently, ever since I learned tha...

You've Got a Lot of Nerve...

| Posted 03.14.2007 | Huffington Post

This Nader piece gets to the heart of the problem both with the man and the film. I saw an interview with the filmmakers where they say something of t...

Reply to a Letter from Never-Never Land

| Posted 03.15.2007 | Entertainment
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I guess I have only myself to blame for this most recent pestering I'm receiving from the unrepentant Naderites.

David Brooks Puts It This Way

| Posted 03.15.2007 | Huffington Post

David Brooks puts it this way: "Say what you will about President Bush, when he thinks a policy is right, like the surge, he supports it, even if it's...

Think Again: Now You Tell Us ...

| Posted 03.15.2007 | Huffington Post

I suppose the Bushites should congratulate themselves for getting away with it this long, and the rest of us who care should be grateful that we still have newspapers and we now have blogs.

Speaking of the Standard

| Posted 03.19.2007 | Politics
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Speaking of the Standard, Matthew Continetti's profile of Newt Gingrich begins thusly, here: It's February 28, 2007, in the poorly lit, dank, cro...

Ahh, But I Was So Much Older Then...

| Posted 03.20.2007 | Politics
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Many reputations have been destroyed in past four years, none more so than that of Christopher Hitchens. Given him credit for pretending to confront t...

The Times on Gore

| Posted 03.21.2007 | Politics
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The New York Times today claims Al Gore's testimony before Congress is "akin to a recovering alcoholic returning to a neighborhood bar." This follows ...

Think Again: Taking Mr. Bush at his Word

| Posted 03.22.2007 | Politics
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The war will continue through the end of Bush's presidency because no one of authority in the administration is capable of admitting a mistake.

One of Our Obsessions Here

| Posted 03.22.2007 | Politics
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One of our obsessions here at Altercation has always been the incredible ability of most people to find ways to explain that no matter what the eviden...

A Few Final (I hope) Notes About Mr. Klein

| Posted 03.26.2007 | Huffington Post

Some points for the record: 1) Just this week, alone, Klein has referred to me as: "obsessed," "still-obsessed," "futile and pathetic," and "still pa...

Let's Hear it for Nora

| Posted 03.27.2007 | Politics
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Let's hear it for Nora: Last night on 60 Minutes, Katie Couric kept referring to "Some people." She said that "some" were saying the Edwardses we...

Is Bloomberg the New Nader?

| Posted 03.28.2007 | Politics
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I fear that Michael Bloomberg has the potential to become a Ralph Nader with $500 million to waste. Think about it: Who is going to vote for a liberal...

Just One DOJ Scandal? Does the MSM have BAADD?

| Posted 03.28.2007 | Politics
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It may be trite to say that we deserve the answers to their questions about the politicization of the Justice Department, but if MSM journalists have forgotten, well, perhaps it's a cliché that bears repeating.

Attorney Scandal is Really About Voting Problems

| Posted 03.29.2007 | Politics
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"Firing a prosecutor for failing to find wide voter fraud is like firing a park ranger for failing to find Sasquatch," or so argue Michael Waldman and...