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Alterman is also a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he writes the “Think Again” column. He is a distinguished professor of English at 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 and a fellow of the Nation Institute. His “Altercation” blog now also appears on The Nation’s site. Additionally, he is a senior fellow (since 1985) at the World Policy Institute at The New School in New York, and a history consultant to HBO Films.

Alterman is the author of seven books, including the national bestsellers, What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News (2003, 2004), and The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America (with Mark Green, 2004). The others include: When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and its Consequences, (2004, 2005); His Sound & Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy (1992, 2000), which won the 1992 George Orwell Award; It Ain’t No Sin to be Glad You’re Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999, 2001), which won the 1999 Stephen Crane Literary Award; and Who Speaks for America? Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy, (1998). His newest book is Why We’re Liberals: A Political Handbook to Post-Bush America, (2008).

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 frequent lecturer and contributor to numerous publications in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. In 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 U.S. history from Stanford. He lives with his family in Manhattan.

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By Eric Alterman
Is Obamacare the End of Liberalism? Not So MuchCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2013
Murdoch, Ailes, and Fox: Right from the StartCenter for American ProgressNovember 21, 2013
A Bully Pulpit for BillionairesCenter for American ProgressNovember 14, 2013
The Super-Rich and Their MonsterCenter for American ProgressNovember 7, 2013
The Tea Party’s Forebears Are a Movement of the RichCenter for American ProgressOctober 31, 2013
10 Years of False Equivalence and Still Going StrongCenter for American ProgressOctober 24, 2013
Heads, the Tea Party Wins; Tails, the Tea Party WinsCenter for American ProgressOctober 17, 2013
‘Who Speaks for the Jews?’Center for American ProgressOctober 10, 2013
According to Politico, Ted Cruz Is the Same As Wendy Davis, “More or Less”Center for American ProgressOctober 3, 2013
Bill de Blasio, ‘Sandalista’Center for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2013
Austerity Kills, and So Will the SequesterCenter for American ProgressSeptember 19, 2013
Rupert Makes the News—LiterallyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2013
Labor for a Day, Capital for the Rest of the YearCenter for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2013
The Mainstream Media and the Slowly Boiling FrogCenter for American ProgressAugust 29, 2013
When ‘Journalism’ Became ‘Liberalism’: Remembering Jack GermondCenter for American ProgressAugust 22, 2013
Neoconservatism on the DeclineCenter for American ProgressAugust 15, 2013
How to ‘Ignore’ and Obsess About a Story SimultaneouslyCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2013
The Nonexistent ‘Center’ FoldsCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2013
Indiana Is the Latest Skirmish in the Conservatives’ War on KnowledgeCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2013
Mainstream Media Refuses to Recognize the Elephant in the RoomCenter for American ProgressJuly 18, 2013
Have Progressives Abandoned Economic Liberalism?Center for American ProgressJuly 11, 2013
Kurtz Joining Fox News Comes As No SurpriseCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2013
America Is Much Less Conservative than the Mainstream Media BelieveCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2013
The Mainstream Media Needs to Break Its Addiction to the Drudge ReportCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2013
The Power of Money, Not LogicCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2013
Blame the News for the Public’s Ignorance About the ClimateCenter for American ProgressMay 30, 2013
Remembering the ‘Feminine Mystique’Center for American ProgressMay 23, 2013
Worse than Watergate?Center for American ProgressMay 16, 2013
Harvard Professor’s Gay Theory for the World’s Economic Problems Is Nothing If Not NovelCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2013
A Realistic Approach to SyriaCenter for American ProgressMay 2, 2013
‘Class Warfare’ RevisitedCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2013
Campaign-Finance Reform in an Age of Corporate InfluenceCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2013
Why Didn’t the Iraq War Kill “The Liberal Media”?Center for American ProgressApril 4, 2013
Acknowledging Our Mistakes in Iraq Would Prevent Us from Repeating ThemCenter for American ProgressMarch 28, 2013
Are Journalists Any Less Gullible Today than They Were 10 Years Ago?Center for American ProgressMarch 21, 2013
Real Reporting and Right-Wing Ideology Don’t MixCenter for American ProgressMarch 14, 2013
The Terrible Power of Purposeful IgnoranceCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2013
Republicans Ignore the Evidence About Higher Taxes on the WealthyCenter for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2013
Mainstream Media Is Missing the PointCenter for American ProgressFebruary 21, 2013
The Mainstream Media Is Gobbling Up Conservative CraziesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2013
Pity the Poor Folks at Fox NewsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2013
It’s Not Really ‘Krugman vs. the World’Center for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2013
The ‘Virtually Voiceless’Center for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2013
Is Contemporary Conservatism Just ‘Payola’?Center for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2013
More Tea Party FictionCenter for American ProgressJanuary 10, 2013
The Top 10 Stories of 2012—or Maybe NotCenter for American ProgressJanuary 3, 2013
The Power of Un-RealityCenter for American ProgressDecember 20, 2012
Murdoch, Murdoch, EverywhereCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2012
Will the Times’s Terrific Tax Reporting Matter?Center for American ProgressDecember 6, 2012
Tax Cuts: The Faith and the FactsCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2012
Why Were Pundits All In on ‘All In’?Center for American ProgressNovember 15, 2012
Our Trivial Political Media, Continued…Center for American ProgressNovember 8, 2012
George McGovern—A Lifetime of Conscience and CourageCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2012
Considering CNN’s Choice to Hire Piers MorganCenter for American ProgressOctober 18, 2012
How to Be a Political Journalist in AmericaCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2012
How Conservatives Treat Media Bias (Hint: Confusingly)Center for American ProgressOctober 4, 2012
The Media and Climate Science: ADHD or Deliberate Deception?Center for American ProgressSeptember 27, 2012
Ignoring Poverty and HungerCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2012
Of Groupthink and ‘Groupthink’Center for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2012
The Mistaken Bias of The New York Times’s Public EditorCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2012
The Color of Hollywood Is GreenCenter for American ProgressAugust 30, 2012
Political Dysfunction Summer ReadingCenter for American ProgressAugust 23, 2012
News Corp. Hacking Scandal Still Hiding in Plain SightCenter for American ProgressAugust 16, 2012
Thoughts on Milton Friedman and Gore VidalCenter for American ProgressAugust 2, 2012
Bad News About the NewsCenter for American ProgressJuly 26, 2012
Our Broken Political SystemCenter for American ProgressJuly 19, 2012
When It Comes to Bruce Springsteen, Chris Christie Is a Big, Stupid IdiotCenter for American ProgressJuly 12, 2012
What Howard Kurtz Thinks You Don’t Need to KnowCenter for American ProgressJune 28, 2012
Fearmaking, Then and NowCenter for American ProgressJune 21, 2012
Government by (and for) MurdochCenter for American ProgressJune 14, 2012
When Labor Unions Were at the Center of PoliticsCenter for American ProgressJune 7, 2012
The Conservative War on KnowledgeCenter for American ProgressMay 24, 2012
As a Matter of FactCenter for American ProgressMay 17, 2012
A Chronicle of Journalistic MalfeasanceCenter for American ProgressMay 10, 2012
Murdoch ‘Unfit?’ Ya Think?Center for American ProgressMay 3, 2012
How Classical Liberalism Morphed Into New Deal LiberalismCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2012
Jews Are Still LiberalCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2012
The Ryan Budget Show, Part 2Center for American ProgressApril 12, 2012
John Bolton and the Problem with On-the-One-Hand ObjectivityCenter for American ProgressApril 5, 2012
Money Talks, Media BalksCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2012
The End of Newspapers and the Decline of DemocracyCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2012
Homeless Hotspots? Reality BitesCenter for American ProgressMarch 15, 2012
Labor and the ‘Civil Right’ to OrganizeCenter for American ProgressMarch 8, 2012
Cracks in the Worldwide Murdoch EmpireCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2012
The Long March of Patrick J. BuchananCenter for American ProgressFebruary 23, 2012
Is America Getting More Conservative?Center for American ProgressFebruary 16, 2012
Charles Murray and the Power of Mainstream Media AmnesiaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2012
When Books DisappearCenter for American ProgressFebruary 2, 2012
“As Ronald Reagan Said… Oh Never Mind”Center for American ProgressJanuary 26, 2012
The Tea Party: Struggling for Political RelevanceCenter for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2012
Is Defense R&D Spending Effective?Center for American ProgressJanuary 13, 2012
Conservatives Prefer Reagan Fantasies to Reality (And So Did Reagan)Center for American ProgressJanuary 5, 2012
As We Leave Iraq, Remember How We Got InCenter for American ProgressDecember 22, 2011
Is Inequality Over? News That’s Not Fit To PrintCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2011
Pearl Harbor: Another (Unhappy) AnniversaryCenter for American ProgressDecember 8, 2011
Why Do the Mainstream Media Like the Tea Party More Than Occupy Wall Street?Center for American ProgressDecember 1, 2011
Billionaire Media Moguls vs. Occupy Wall StreetCenter for American ProgressNovember 17, 2011
It’s All Connected (and That’s the Problem)Center for American ProgressNovember 10, 2011
Dowd, Not Coulter, ‘Falters’Center for American ProgressNovember 3, 2011
Why Are ‘Liberals’ Such Meanies?Center for American ProgressOctober 27, 2011