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Eric Alterman is a senior fellow at American Progress, where he writes the “Think Again” column. He is a distinguished professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY), and a professor of journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is also “The Liberal Media” columnist for The Nation and a fellow of the Nation Institute. His “Altercation” blog now also appears on The Nation‘s site. Additionally, he is a senior fellow—since 1985—at the World Policy Institute at The New School in New York, and a history consultant to HBO Films.

Alterman is the author of seven books, including the national bestsellers, What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News (2003, 2004) and The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America (with Mark Green, 2004). The others include When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and its Consequences (2004, 2005); His Sound & Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy (1992, 2000), which won the 1992 George Orwell Award; It Ain’t No Sin to be Glad You’re Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999, 2001), which won the 1999 Stephen Crane Literary Award; and Who Speaks for America? Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy (1998). His newest book is Why We’re Liberals: A Political Handbook to Post-Bush America (2008).

Termed “the most honest and incisive media critic writing today” in the National Catholic Reporter, and author of “the smartest and funniest political journal out there,” in the San Francisco Chronicle, Alterman is a frequent lecturer and contributor to numerous publications in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. In recent years, he has also been a columnist for Worth, Rolling StoneMother Jones, and the Sunday Express in London. A former adjunct professor of journalism at New York University and Columbia University, Alterman received his B.A. in history and government from Cornell, his M.A. in international relations from Yale, and his Ph.D. in U.S. history from Stanford. He lives with his family in Manhattan.

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By Eric Alterman
How Conservatives Treat Media Bias (Hint: Confusingly)Center for American Progress ActionOctober 4, 2012
Where’s the Real Newt?Center for American Progress ActionMarch 3, 2011
Extremist Liberals? Say What?Center for American Progress ActionOctober 21, 2010
Media to McCain: How Long Has This Been Going On?Center for American Progress ActionAugust 26, 2010
An Unhealthy Dialogue on Health CareCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 7, 2008
Of Filibusters and “Stunts,” Then and NowCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 26, 2007
Convention Coverage: Ain’t Nobody Here But Us, Um, ReportersCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 9, 2004
The Book on BushCenter for American Progress ActionJune 27, 2004