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More Tea Party Fiction

David BartonThe Tea Party—and the modern conservative movement in general—continues to exhibit a stubborn disdain not merely for honest history but also for knowledge itself.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Top 10 Stories of 2012—or Maybe Not

Sandra FlukeEric Alterman has an alternative take on Politico’s top media stories of the past year and what those stories say about the media’s coverage of politics.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Power of Un-Reality

NRA rallyAs honest journalism has declined, we are more vulnerable to manipulation and distortion of information propagated by powerful interests.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, December 20, 2012

Murdoch, Murdoch, Everywhere

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of News Corp. arrives at a meetingRupert Murdoch’s actions over the past few days are further proof of his wanton disregard for journalistic ethics.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, December 13, 2012

Will the Times’s Terrific Tax Reporting Matter?

The New York Times BuildingThe New York Times’s well-rounded coverage of U.S. tax policy debunks conservative myths about the rich being the so-called best job creators.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tax Cuts: The Faith and the Facts

Warren BuffettConservatives continue to believe in and argue for the benefits of tax cuts for the wealthy, even though those claims have been thoroughly debunked.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, November 29, 2012

Why Were Pundits All In on ‘All In’?

General David PetraeusInitial positive coverage of the general’s biography reflects many journalists’ willingness to suspend their critical faculties when it comes to the military.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, November 15, 2012

Our Trivial Political Media, Continued…

Donald TrumpPolitico encapsulates what’s wrong with inside-the-beltway political coverage when triviality trumps insight and “The Donald” is taken seriously.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, November 8, 2012

George McGovern—A Lifetime of Conscience and Courage

George McGovernEric Alterman remembers a liberal lion of progressive politics and a statesman of true conviction.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, October 25, 2012

Considering CNN’s Choice to Hire Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan leaving CNN in Los AngelesEric Alterman looks back at Piers Morgan’s career, wonders why CNN hired him as Larry King’s replacement, and questions the network’s future.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, October 18, 2012

How to Be a Political Journalist in America

Eric Alterman's top 20 rules no mainstream political journalist should ever forget when covering an election.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, October 11, 2012

How Conservatives Treat Media Bias (Hint: Confusingly)

Rep. Paul Ryan and Chris MatthewsEric Alterman observes the pervasive conservative flip-flopping on media bias.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Media and Climate Science: ADHD or Deliberate Deception?

Rupert MurdochWhen it comes to climate science, the news we get suffers from either deliberate misinformation or a misplaced desire to give legitimacy to discredited and foolish arguments.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ignoring Poverty and Hunger

Two Somali children walk to a food distribution centerThe mainstream media’s silence on these interrelated issues contributes to the starvation of millions both here and abroad.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Of Groupthink and ‘Groupthink’

Frank BruniIntense pressure on mainstream journalists to stick to the same narrative cripples our ability to conduct robust democratic debate.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, September 13, 2012