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Eric Alterman
Eric Alterman is a Distinguished Professor of English, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and Professor of Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is also “The Liberal Media” columnist for The Nation, a senor fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he writes the “Think Again” column, a senior fellow (since 1985) at the World Policy Institute at The New School in New York, and a regular contributor to The Daily Beeast. Alterman is the author of nine books, including the national bestseller, What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News (2003, 2004), and 2004). The others include: The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America, Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama, When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and its Consequences, (2004, 2005)m His Sound & Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy (1992, 2000), won the 1992 George Orwell Award and his It Ain't No Sin to be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999, 2001), won the 1999 Stephen Crane Literary Award, and Who Speaks for America? Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy, (1998). His most recent book is The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama . Termed "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, Alterman is the winner of the 2011 Mirror Award for media criticism. In n recent years, he has also been a columnist for: Worth, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and The Sunday Express (London). A former Adjunct Professor of Journalism at NYU and Columbia, Alterman received his B.A. in History and Government from Cornell, his M.A. in International Relations from Yale, and his Ph.D. in US History from Stanford. He lives with his family in Manhattan where he is completing his seventh book, Why We’re Liberals: A Political Handbook to Post-Bush America, to be published by Viking in March 2008.

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Entries by Eric Alterman

Don't Let The Door Hit You On Way Out, Roger

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 4:59 PM

I've published quite a bit of late, (at least by recent standards):

For the Forward I wrote a piece about how Max Ticktin's adult education class on rabbinical literature changed my life a long time ago, here

For the summer issue of Dissent, I wrote an article on...

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Do Both Sides 'Do It?'

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 2:06 PM

Here is my Nation column: on "Weiner," the documentary, and the media obsession with Weiner's weiner. You can find it here.

Here is my long Nation piece, "How False Equivalence Is Distorting the 2016 Election Coverage"

And here is a piece I wrote called...

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Making a Better Times

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 8:47 AM

My most recent Nation column is about the New York Times Public Editor and it's called "Margaret Sullivan Made 'The New York Times' Better--and We All Benefited." You can find it here.

Miles/Coltrane preview
Megan Hilty at the Café Carlyle:

Just a quick heads-up on...

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'Burning Down the House'

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM

My recent Nation columns are as follows:

"Obama and the Cult of 'Credibility" with the subhead "As his tenure draws to a close, the president is finally ready to challenge the foreign-policy establishment,"

"President Obama Wants Reporters to 'Dig Deeper'", subhead, "Snippy reactions to his...

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Donald's Fuel: The Neocons

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 9:31 AM

My recent Nation columns are here:

1) Neocons Helped Fuel the Rise of Donald Trump. Will They Apologize?

2) Why Are Public Broadcasters Parroting Conservative Talking Points?

3) Why There Will Be No New New Deal


I was fortunate to catch Joan Osborne's...

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About Last Night...

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 10:49 AM

I think all this focus on Iowa is ridiculous, but it ends up mattering because (almost) everyone agrees that it matters. Though how it matters is awfully tricky. Just ask Presidents Robertson, Huckabee and Santorum, As I understand things, last night was almost all bad news for a Democratic presidency...

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The Altercation Holiday Gift-Giving Guide, Part II

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 12:08 PM

So I guess this won't work for Hannukah, but it should still be good for:

A) Returning stuff and getting what you might really have wanted, and:

B) Some other gift-giving holiday upon whom I, and so many others, have declared war, but against which we continue to struggle....

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The Altercation Black Friday Gift-Giving Guide, Part I

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 6:26 AM

So my extremely occasional blog, "Altercation" has migrated here. I use it largely to follow up on things that I couldn't include in my Nation columns and write about music, books, theater, etc, but mostly music. It's pretty lazy, to tell the truth. But I do hope the recommendations are...

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Think Again: Is Obamacare the End of Liberalism? Not So Much

(31) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 8:27 AM

The other day, officials in the Obama administration reported that they had fixed the software bug that apparently caused many of the problems on They say that it now works for shoppers 90 percent of the time when handling 50,000 simultaneous users--hardly perfect, though certainly...

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Think Again: Murdoch, Ailes, and Fox: Right From the Start

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 8:54 AM

The scoops from reporter David Folkenflik's new book, Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires, turn out to be the kind of things one suspected of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's style of operations but could not have known for certain until the author nailed it down. For example,...

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Think Again: A Bully Pulpit for Billionaires

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 9:50 AM

A recent issue of The Economist devoted to the New York City mayoral race led with the headline "New York's mayor-elect: Don't screw it up." Its kicker stated: "By choosing Bill de Blasio, New Yorkers have taken a risk with their city's prosperity." It allowed, at least initially,...

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Think Again: The Super-Rich and Their Monster

(40) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 8:44 AM

As Ian Reifowitz of the Daily Kos pointed out, an article in the New York Times's business section shows that our tax system has been successfully gamed to the point where the wealthiest Americans pay a much smaller percentage of their income than salaried, middle-class taxpayers. Using 2009 IRS data...

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Think Again: The Tea Party's Forebears Are a Cavalcade of 'Rich People's Movements'

(24) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 2:26 PM

It is an unfortunate irony of our age that describing academics' work as "journalism" and journalists' work as "history" risks insult to the respective authors. Each profession suffers tremendously from its prejudice against the other. Academics rarely write with sufficient clarity to communicate outside their specific disciplines and often neglect...

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Think Again: 10 Years of False Equivalence and Still Going Strong

(22) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 9:04 AM

The Center for American Progress is celebrating its 10th anniversary today with a policy conference and a "progressive party." Not exactly coincidentally, this column is also 10 years old--10 years and a day, to be exact. My introductory column was called "Think Again: Who's...

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Think Again: Heads, the Tea Party Wins; Tails, the Tea Party Wins

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum recently suggested that Americans would be less apt to hold Republicans responsible for the government shutdown than they did in 1995 because of the help Republicans could expect to receive from Fox News. She was wrong about this; indeed, she and Fox News host Brit...

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Think Again: 'Who Speaks for the Jews?'

(11) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 9:24 AM

Last Tuesday, the Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project published what may be the most thorough and reliable study of the political, cultural, social, and religious attitudes of Jewish Americans in many decades. Based on 70,000 screening interviews and nearly 3,500 intensive ones, the report, titled "

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Think Again: According to Politico, Ted Cruz Is the Same As Wendy Davis, 'More or Less'

(7) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 11:38 AM

The government shutdown, together with the propaganda battle that led up to it, has revealed a number of ugly truths about the current political climate. One that is particularly shocking -- no matter how many times I feel compelled to write about it -- is the lengths that reporters will...

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Think Again: Bill de Blasio, 'Sandalista'

(6) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Did Bill de Blasio force his friends to say "Neek-a-rog-wha" once upon a time?

The folks at the New York Times think it's front-page news that back in 1988, when he was 26 years old, Democratic mayoral candidate and current New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio spent 10...

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Think Again: Austerity Kills, and So Will the Sequester

(4) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 9:22 AM

On Tuesday, the Center for American Progress released a report called "4 Ways that Austerity Demands Have Reached New Extremes," which notes that the House Republican caucus is now proposing "spending cuts ... so severe that the House Republican caucus has been unable to pass actual spending bills...

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Think Again: Rupert Makes the News -- Literally

(3) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Rupert Murdoch is one of the most powerful individuals in the world and inarguably the most powerful in global media. So he can't help but make news. One day, he's asking $29.7 million for his yacht, and on another, he's divorcing his third wife, Wendi Deng. On a third day,...

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