Eric Alterman

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Eric Alterman

To own the dominant, or only, newspaper in a mid-sized American city was, for many decades, a kind of license to print money. In the Internet age, however, no one has figured out how to rescue the newspaper in the United States or abroad.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Politically, Obama's amazing streak of self-destructing opponents who have lain beneath his feet during his unlikely political career appears to be holding.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the tactics of the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's easy to understand the inspiration for its anger as well as its impatience.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
More and more, Democrats are starting to worry they that they have a more um, colorful version of Jimmy Carter on their hands. Obama acts cool as a proverbial cucumber but that awful '70s show seems frightfully close to a rerun.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
If newspapers were a baseball team, they would be the Mets - without the hope for those folks at the very pinnacle of the financial food chain - who average nearly $24 million a year in income - 'next year.'More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Most of the provisions designed to fix what ails our health system don't kick in until 2014, which, one wishes administration officials had noticed, is two years after he has to win an election.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
While history never repeats itself, political patterns do.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The myth of the liberal media empowers conservatives to control debate in the United States to the point where liberals cannot even hope for a fair shake anymore.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Three centuries after the appearance of Franklin's 'Courant,' it no longer requires a dystopic imagination to wonder who will have the dubious distinction of publishing America's last genuine newspaper. Few believe that newspapers in their current printed form will survive.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
For the past eight years, the right has been better at working the refs. Now the left is learning how to play the game.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The ability of the 1 percent to buy politicians and regulators is nothing new in American politics - just as inequality has been a permanent part of our economic system. This is true of virtually all political and economic systems.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Local politics, like everything else, are not what they used to be. But the fact is that our political system - like our physical existence - still breaks down along geographical lines.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Much of what Tea Party candidates claimed about the world and the global economy during the 2010 elections would have earned their adherents a well-deserved F in any freshman economics (or earth science) class.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We live in a media world simultaneously obsessed with technology and personality.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
As a parent and a citizen, I'll take a Bill Gates (or Warren Buffett) over Steve Jobs every time. If we must have billionaires, better they should ignore Jobs's example and instead embrace the morality and wisdom of the great industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.More Eric Alterman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Bringing democratic control to the conduct of foreign policy requires a struggle merely to force the issue onto the public agenda.More Eric Alterman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Americans continue to suffer from a notoriously short attention span. They get mad as hell with reasonable frequency, but quickly return to their families and sitcoms. Meanwhile, the corporate lobbies stay right where they are, outlasting all the populist hysteria.More Eric Alterman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
never let my right hand know what my left hand does.More Eric Alterman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen,More Eric Alterman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We sometimes find ourselves at a loss as to whether we should be more appalled at the Bush Administration's ideological obsession, its incompetence, its arrogance, its anti-intellectualism, or its dishonesty, ... In New Orleans, we see all of these forces at work in a manner that the mainstream media finally finds itself unable to ignore.More Eric Alterman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Fox News is nothing if not impressive. No matter how harsh the criticism it endures, the network somehow always manages to prove itself even worse than we had previously imagined.More Eric Alterman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If bloggers are to improve our public discourse - helping busy and usually uninformed people make sense of the world - it is necessary to use some sort of standard with which to judge their reliability. Perhaps the answer (strictly advisory) is a body of their peers. Perhaps not.More Eric Alterman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The ability of the 1 percent to buy politicians and regulators is nothing new in American politics - just as inequality has been a permanent part of our economic system. This is true of virtually all political and economic systems.More Eric Alterman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
America's great newspapers have staffs that range from 50 percent to 70 percent of what they were just a few years ago.More Eric Alterman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
American journalists tend to treat inequality as a fact of life. But it needn't be.More Eric Alterman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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