What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News

What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News

by Eric Alterman
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What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News by Eric Alterman

Widely acclaimed and hotly contested, veteran journalist Eric Alterman's ambitious investigation into the true nature of the U.S. news media touched a nerve and sparked debate across the country. As the question of whose interests the media protects-and how-continues to raise hackles, Alterman's sharp, utterly convincing assessment cuts through the cloud of inflammatory rhetoric, settling the question of liberal bias in the news once and for all. Eye-opening, witty, and thoroughly and solidly researched, What Liberal Media? is required reading for media watchers, and anyone concerned about the potentially dangerous consequences for the future of democracy in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786740932
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/17/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 633 KB

About the Author

Eric Alterman currently writes the “Stop the Presses” media column for The Nation and the “Altercation” web log (www.altercation.msnbc.com) for MSNBC.com. In recent years, he has been a contributing editor to, or columnist for Worth, Rolling Stone, Elle, Mother Jones, World Policy Journal, and The Sunday Express(London). His Sound and Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy (1992/2000), won the 1992 George Orwell Award and his It Ain't No Sin To Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999), won the 1999 Stephen Crane Literary Award. He is also the author of Who Speaks for America? Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy(1998), and When Presidents Lie: Deception and Its Consequences, which is forthcoming. A senior fellow of the World Policy Institute at New School University, and an affiliated faculty member in the magazine journalism program at New York 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 was born in Queens, New York and lives with his family in Manhattan. He can be reached online at www.whatliberalmedia.com.

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What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News (Art of Mentoring Series) 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a student at Oklahoma State University, I am very interested in journalism and broadcasting. Eric Alterman's book opens my eyes to many new ideas about conservative and liberal media. The purpose of the book is to inform people of the different bias parts in the media. Alterman does a wonderful job of showing both the conservative side and the liberal side in the media. I normally take the conservative side because that is how I have grown up as, but Alterman offers a new way of thinking. I have a stronger respect for the different sides of the media. After reading through the book, I came to discover that the liberal media is looked at differently than I look at it. I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in learning about the different views in the media. This book can change the way people deal with and handle the media.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't help but be amazed at those reviewers who claim that Alterman's book is somehow proof of the media's liberal slant. Then again, Alterman does do an excellent job, via the presentation of statistics and examples, of demonstrating just how overmatched the liberals are--moneywise, popularity wise, and so on. He makes many excellent points such as: if the media is liberal, how to account for the vast presence of conservative pundits in the supposedly liberal media organizations? The New Yorker has Joe Klein, the Nation has the virulent Stalinist Alexander Cockburn, the Rolling Stone has P.J. O'Rourke, CNN has Robert Novak and Tucker Carlson, etc--all of those organizations have been accused by conservatives of being excessively liberal, yet all of them feature reactionaries. Second, if the media is truly liberal, why did it go after President Clinton with a Puritanical zeal that bordered on schizophrenia? Third, why did this so-called liberal media essentially hand George W. Bush the presidency while going out of his way to portray Al Gore as inferior? Fourth, why did this so-called liberal media essentially give President Bush a free pass on virtually every issue after Sept. 11? And so on. It is impossible to claim, after taking all of this into consideration, that the media slants leftward; if anything, it is too CONSERVATIVE. By using a combination of extraordinary monetary expenditures and skillful PR work, conservatives have succeeded in shifting the political field well to the right, leaving those to the left--even people like John McCain--to defend against the charges of liberal bias. Alterman dares to use FACTS--horror of horrors!--to substantiate his arguments, and for this he is accused of bias. If that isn't a clear example of the impudent Conservative PR machine at work, I don't know what is.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely written for the liberal audience. As always trying diligently to defend and cover their 'agendas'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the book cites is how the Media isn't bias in very few forms. The media has been bias towards liberals for as long as I can remember. For example, the economy is never talked about with a Republican congress. Espeically when there is a Republican president in office. Liberals have dominated news and journalism. Just because the media is no longer a monopoly doesn't mean that it hasn't changed for the better.