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Worse than Watergate?

With the release of the Benghazi emails on Wednesday, the notion that any of it could have been “worse than Watergate” is difficult to countenance.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, May 16, 2013

Harvard Professor’s Gay Theory for the World’s Economic Problems Is Nothing If Not Novel

A noted Harvard historian’s homophobic rant against iconic economist John Maynard Keynes, in the guise of intellectual exchange, cannot be excused and certainly not condoned.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Realistic Approach to Syria

President Obama takes questions on SyriaMany conservatives have been quick to encourage U.S. intervention in Syria, without offering a responsible plan for our involvement.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, May 2, 2013

‘Class Warfare’ Revisited

Gov. Bobby JindalA recent Politico article rehashes the issue of class warfare and the tax code, but similar to contemporary conservatism, it ignores reality.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, April 18, 2013

Campaign-Finance Reform in an Age of Corporate Influence

Publicly financed elections would be a benefit to our democracy, but the likelihood of campaign-finance reform is small since corporations have so much influence on government regulations and our daily lives.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, April 11, 2013

Why Didn’t the Iraq War Kill “The Liberal Media”?

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellanThe mainstream media’s initial coverage of the war should have erased any notion of a liberal media bias.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, April 4, 2013

Acknowledging Our Mistakes in Iraq Would Prevent Us from Repeating Them

We need to realize the errors of our ways from the Iraq invasion instead of brushing the topic under a rug, or else we may just find ourselves in the very same position a few years down the road.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, March 28, 2013

Are Journalists Any Less Gullible Today than They Were 10 Years Ago?

Instead of being a government watchdog and fact checking all the assertions politicians feed them, journalists have become prone to the lapdog tendencies of repeating what those in power say without questioning whether it’s true.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, March 21, 2013

Real Reporting and Right-Wing Ideology Don’t Mix

Andrew Breitbart, Hannah Giles, James O'KeefeGenuine journalism—the kind that allows the evidence to dictate the story—is inconsistent with the conservative worldview.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Terrible Power of Purposeful Ignorance

U.S. invasion of IraqWhen politicians say they “didn’t know” about certain consequences or actions, the sad truth is that often they knew and just didn’t care.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, March 7, 2013

Republicans Ignore the Evidence About Higher Taxes on the Wealthy

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)Multiple reports now prove that increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans wouldn’t stymie economic growth—it would actually create jobs and boost the economy.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mainstream Media Is Missing the Point

President Barack ObamaReporters are too focused on covering the often-mundane daily routine of the president when they should be more attuned to the deeper issues that are affecting society such as conservative funding of anti-climate-change research.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Mainstream Media Is Gobbling Up Conservative Crazies

Ted NugentIncreasingly outlandish claims by polarizing figures in the Republican Party are not being dismissed by the media. Rather they are being taken seriously and promoted to an unfortunate degree.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pity the Poor Folks at Fox News

Karl RoveIn the wild world of Fox News, unbiased journalism isn’t fair and balanced—it’s whining, and it’s discouraged.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, February 7, 2013

It’s Not Really ‘Krugman vs. the World’

Paul Krugman’s ordeal on “Morning Joe” last week demonstrates how many in Washington and the media are so committed to “official doctrine” that they ignore any contrary evidence.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, January 31, 2013