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Bill de Blasio: The Progressive Movement Is Alive and Well in NYC
Posted on: Jan 14, 2015, Source: The Nation
The former activist and New York public advocate looks back at his first year as mayor.
Neocons' Shocking Iraq Revisionism: How They Are Utterly Divorced from Reality
Posted on: Jun 20, 2014, Source: BillMoyers.com
Bill Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz and the band are still delusionally beating the war drums. They just don't get it.
Only the Koch Brothers Could Make Rupert Murdoch Look Like Journalism’s Savior
Posted on: May 14, 2013, Source: The Nation
Media observers horrified at the thought of a Koch takeover of major newspapers are more sanguine about Murdoch. What are they thinking?
At the Chronicle of Higher Ed, A Tale of Journalistic Malfeasance
Posted on: May 15, 2012, Source: Center for American Progress
Eric Alterman explains how a blog post calling for the dissolution of black studies reflects the incompetence of conservative journalists.
The Virus of GOP Ignorance: Why Don't Media Protect Us From the Lies Spewed in the Republican Primary?
Posted on: Nov 23, 2011, Source: The Nation
Reporters representing reliable media outlets are supposed to defend the discourse from the virus of this ignorance.
The Problem of Media Idiocy: Why Do MSM Media Stars Pretend to Be Stupid?
Posted on: Sep 19, 2011, Source: The Nation
People in the upper reaches of the US media think that to do their jobs they must behave like idiots in order to be “fair” to the Republicans' idiotic ideas.
Why Are Politicians Running from Economic Reality into Tea Party Fantasy Land?
Posted on: Sep 5, 2011, Source: The Nation
Just three years ago, President Obama was an unapologetic Keynesian. Now, he's jumped on the deficit hysteria bandwagon.
Barack Obama's Trials and Battles with the DC Political Establishment
Posted on: Feb 4, 2011, Source: Nation Books
In this excerpt from his new book, Alterman covers the systemic obstacles that have stalled Obama's presidential performance.
The Conservative Movement Is Poised to Come to Power, Just as It Runs off the Rails
Posted on: Oct 11, 2010, Source: The Nation
We need a self-confident press to demand accountability from demagogues who prey on the ignorance of the uninformed.
Blusterbomb: New Book on Rush Limbaugh a Puff Piece Rife With Lies
Posted on: May 28, 2010, Source: Center for American Progress
In his new book, <i>Army of One</i>, Zev Chafets falls for Rush Limbaugh and propagates lies about liberals.
Bill Moyers, Giant of Television, Retires
Posted on: Apr 27, 2010, Source: The Nation
He's been lauded as the Murrow of his generation. With his April 30 retirement from PBS, TV journalism will lose a unique and relentless explorer of American politics and culture.
Bush Adviser to Host ABC News Show: Further Evidence of TV's Rightward Tilt
Posted on: Mar 4, 2010, Source: Center for American Progress
Matthew Dowd, President Bush's former political adviser, is guest-hosting ABC's Sunday-morning show. As politicos invade TV journalism, the news tilts ever rightward.
Zinn-ophobia at NPR
Posted on: Feb 11, 2010, Source: The Nation
When William F. Buckley died, the conservative got kid-glove treatment by NPR. When the progressive Howard Zinn passed, a right-wing crank was brought in to bash him.
James O'Keefe, the Landrieu 'Sting' and the Truth About Conservative 'Journalism'
Posted on: Feb 5, 2010, Source: Center for American Progress
As the he antics of O'Keefe and company demonstrate, the right has failed to train many genuine journalists. So why do mainstream journalists swallow their line?
Where Did the Worst of Bush's Cronies Go? To Work for Corporate Media
Posted on: Apr 9, 2009, Source: The Daily Beast
In a post-Bush world Karl Rove and friends have just as deadly a job, only these days you'll find them posing for the media as pundits.
Abe Foxman: A One-Man Defamation League
Posted on: Feb 3, 2009, Source: The Nation
For the likes of Foxman, any action Israel takes is de facto defensive and solely in the interests of peace, no matter how warlike.
Blind Punditry in Denver: Media Love Affair with BBQ McCain Continues
Posted on: Aug 26, 2008, Source: The Nation
We've seen many more examples of the media's transgressions in separating the man from the narrative.
ABC's Mickey Mouse Media
Posted on: May 1, 2008, Source: The Nation
A serious debate focused about torture, wiretapping, food prices, world hunger... oh, wait. That's the kind of fairy tale they don't do at Disney.
How to Make Hundreds of Thousands of Dead Iraqis Disappear
Posted on: Oct 19, 2006, Source: Huffington Post
The Lancet study that estimated 655,000 Iraqis killed since the US invasion of 2003 was based on some of the most solid research methods possible, but that didn't stop the American press from trying to say it wasn't so.
Time Magazine: Unfair and Unbalanced
Posted on: Jun 1, 2006, Source: The Nation
<i>Time</i>'s lineup of columnists betrays its readers and distorts the public discourse in a Limbaugh-like direction.
Debunking the Myth of a 'Liberal Media'
Posted on: Jan 18, 2006, Source: Center for American Progress
A new right wing-funded 'study' employs comically unsound criteria to rate the media.
While You Were Out Reading
Posted on: Jun 23, 2005, Source: Center for American Progress
New proof of federal agents snooping in local libraries underscores how little we know about the investigations and arrests being done in the name of "security."
Posted on: Jun 3, 2005, Source: Center for American Progress
At the latest press conference some in the media seemed to be pushing the president on his stem cell policy.
Time to Respond
Posted on: Apr 21, 2005, Source: MSNBC
Eric Alterman responds to allegations made by <i>Time</i>'s John Cloud, author of the controversial Ann Coulter profile.
The WMDuh Report
Posted on: Apr 8, 2005, Source: The Nation
The new WMD investigation is a farce designed to shift responsibility from the people who demanded corrupt intelligence to serve their ideological obsessions to those who were forced to provide it.
Meet the New FCC Boss
Posted on: Mar 24, 2005, Source: Center for American Progress
Bush's new FCC chairman looks a lot like his old FCC chairman; but he'll soon be forced to decide whether he's a free-marketeer or a local values champ.
An Indecent Proposal
Posted on: Mar 14, 2005, Source: Center for American Progress
While the FCC cracks down on four-letter words, the FEC eyes bloggers.
Media for a Post-truth Society
Posted on: Feb 11, 2005, Source: The Nation
To Russert and much of the permanent Washington establishment, the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat – or at least one who's willing to act that way.
Pundits Race to the Bottom
Posted on: Jan 14, 2005, Source: The Nation
The Armstrong Williams scandal is the latest, and most promising entry, in right-wing pundits' race for the bottom. So why are the networks still inviting them on?
A Reply to the New Republic
Posted on: Jan 3, 2005, Source: The Nation
While the New Republic presented a much-needed liberal national security strategy, their effort amounts to a sophisticated version of More of the Same.
'Chilling' the Press
Posted on: Dec 3, 2004, Source: Center for American Progress
As long as the 'liberal media' charge carries weight in the public imagination, reporters are open to being blacklisted by powerful politicians seeking to avoid scrutiny.
PBS Adds Insult to Injury
Posted on: Aug 16, 2004, Source: The Nation
If you think Tucker Carlson is bad, wait till you see what the Wall Street Journal has in store for public television viewers like you.
Hawks Eating Crow
Posted on: May 19, 2004, Source: The Nation
Conservative commentators are now admitting to have erred in supporting the war, but they are not the only ones who failed to ask the right questions.
The New Scopes Trials
Posted on: Feb 26, 2004, Source: The Nation
The Bush White House, through 'friendly' appointees and heavy-handed research, has lost touch with the scientific community: 'science isn't something to be politicized based on who's elected.'
What Liberal Media?
Posted on: Feb 13, 2003, Source: The Nation
One of the most powerful tools in the conservative arsenal is the phony accusation of liberal bias.
Bush Lies, Media Swallows
Posted on: Nov 10, 2002, Source: The Nation
Although the President's inability to stick to the truth is blindingly obvious, journalists just can't bring themelves to call him a liar.
Al Gore, Democrat
Posted on: Oct 6, 2002, Source: The Nation
The intensity of the media's anti-Gore obssession is more than just bizarre. It openly violates all strictures of fairness and objectivity.
Devil In A Blue Dress
Posted on: Sep 11, 2002, Source: The Nation
Ann Coulter's very existence as a public figure is insulting to our collective intelligence. Yet her slanderous screed garners praise from even liberal outlets.
Stop the Presses
Posted on: May 12, 2002, Source: The Nation
Corporate ownership is steadily eliminating reporting in favor of entertainment. If this is the end of news as we know it, why aren't prominent journalists making more noise?
Intractable Foes, Warring Narratives
Posted on: Apr 1, 2002, Source: MSNBC
The conflict in the Middle East is about warring narratives, each making its own claim to land and history. But in the United States, it is mostly the Israeli perspective that gets attention.
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