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Media: Archives

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

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

Occupy Wall Street protestersEric 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.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Color of Hollywood Is Green

Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan and Josh Brolin at premiere of Wall Street: Money Never SleepsEric Alterman explains that profit, not politics, is the driving force in modern entertainment.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, August 30, 2012

Political Dysfunction Summer Reading

Eric Alterman discusses an underlying cause of our political dysfunction—the mainstream media’s refusal to take sides and dig deeper.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, August 23, 2012

News Corp. Hacking Scandal Still Hiding in Plain Sight

Eric Alterman takes the mainstream media to task on both sides of the Atlantic for not delving more into the many rich veins of scandal at the News Corp. empire.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thoughts on Milton Friedman and Gore Vidal

Upon the recent death of Gore Vidal and what would have been Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday on this past Tuesday, Eric Alterman offers his thoughts and memories on the two intellectual antagonists.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bad News About the News

Eric Alterman explains how larger forces are jeopardizing the future of serious journalism.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, July 26, 2012

Our Broken Political System

Eric Alterman challenges the notion that the United States is the most successful liberal democracy in the world by looking at our dysfunctional political system.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, July 19, 2012

When It Comes to Bruce Springsteen, Chris Christie Is a Big, Stupid Idiot

Eric Alterman explains how Gov. Christie’s views of “The Boss” reflect the distorted perspectives of contemporary conservatism.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, July 12, 2012

What Howard Kurtz Thinks You Don’t Need to Know

Eric Alterman discusses Howard Kurtz’s habit of not providing adequate background and context in his stories.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fearmaking, Then and Now

Eric Alterman explores the links between the McCarthyist movie industry of the 1950s and modern-day right-wing fearmongers.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, June 21, 2012

Government by (and for) Murdoch

Eric Alterman exposes the extent of Rupert Murdoch’s influence in the political sphere.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, June 14, 2012

When Labor Unions Were at the Center of Politics

Eric Alterman explains why labor unions need to be center stage in politics, not sidelined as a special interest.

by Eric Alterman | Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Body Politic

Book by Jonathan Moreno discusses the intersection of science and politics in American life and how the future of this so-called biopolitics will affect all of us.

by Jonathan D. Moreno | Monday, June 4, 2012