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The Top 10 Stories of 2012—or Maybe Not

Eric 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.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Power of Un-Reality

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

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Murdoch, Murdoch, Everywhere

Rupert Murdoch’s actions over the past few days are further proof of his wanton disregard for journalistic ethics.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Will the Times’s Terrific Tax Reporting Matter?

The 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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tax Cuts: The Faith and the Facts

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

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Why Were Pundits All In on ‘All In’?

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Our Trivial Political Media, Continued…

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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

George McGovern—A Lifetime of Conscience and Courage

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

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Considering CNN’s Choice to Hire Piers Morgan

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

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.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

How Conservatives Treat Media Bias (Hint: Confusingly)

Eric Alterman observes the pervasive conservative flip-flopping on media bias.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Media and Climate Science: ADHD or Deliberate Deception?

When 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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ignoring Poverty and Hunger

The mainstream media’s silence on these interrelated issues contributes to the starvation of millions both here and abroad.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Of Groupthink and ‘Groupthink’

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

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Mistaken Bias of The New York Times’s Public Editor

Eric Alterman puzzles over the departing public editor’s mischaracterization of one of the nation’s foremost newspapers as having a liberal bias when most facts indicate the opposite.

Thursday, September 6, 2012