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Posted on: Jan 14, 2015, Source: The Nation

The former activist and New York public advocate looks back at his first year as mayor.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2014, Source:

Bill Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz and the band are still delusionally beating the war drums. They just don't get it.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2006, Source: Center for American Progress

A new right wing-funded 'study' employs comically unsound criteria to rate the media.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2005, Source: Center for American Progress

While the FCC cracks down on four-letter words, the FEC eyes bloggers.

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 &#8211; or at least one who's willing to act that way.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.