Eric Alterman


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January 14, 1960
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Eric Alterman Life

Eric Alterman (born January 14, 1960) is an American historian, journalist, writer, blogger, and educator.

He is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at CUNY.

He has also written ten books.

Altercation's weblog was originally hosted by from 2002 to 2006, then to Media Matters for America, which is now hosted by The Nation.

Early life and education

Alterman was born in 1960 to a Jewish family. He graduated from Scarsdale High School in New York, which the United States Department of Education ranked as "one of the 144 exceptional schools to which others can look for patterns of success" and "one of the nation's top 100 mathematics and science schools."

He obtained a bachelor's degree in history and administration from Cornell University, an MA in international relations from Yale University, and a PhD in U.S. history from Stanford University. His doctoral dissertation, which was published in 2002 with Barton Bernstein as the primary advisor, was entitled, "The consequences of presidential deception."


Eric Alterman Career


Alterman began his journalism career in 1983, freelancing originally for The Nation, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, Harper's, Le Monde diplomatique, and later, for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others, while working as a senior fellow for the World Policy Institute in New York City and Washington, D.C.. Not long after, he became the Washington correspondent for Mother Jones and, soon thereafter, Rolling Stone, before returning to The Nation as a columnist in 1995.

Alterman has been a contributing editor or columnist for Elle, Worth, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, The Forward, Moment, and The Sunday Express (London). He has contributed to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Le Monde Diplomatique, among other publications. In 2021, he restarted "Altercation" as a newsletter published by The American Prospect. It previously had been a daily blog featured by MSNBC beginning in 2002.

Alterman was hired by MSNBC in 1996, appearing as a commentator on the cable channel and writing a column posted on its website. In 2002, MSNBC engaged him to create the blog daily "Altercation", one of the first blogs hosted by a mainstream media news organization. In September 2006, after a ten-year association, Alterman and MSNBC parted ways. Media Matters for America hired him as a senior fellow and agreed to host "Altercation", effective from September 18, 2006. Regular contributors to "Altercation" included the sportswriter Charlie Pierce and the historian and military officer Robert Bateman. On December 22, 2008, Alterman announced that "Altercation" would be moving to the website for The Nation in 2009, and would appear on a less regular basis than its previous Monday to Friday schedule. He also has worked as a history consultant for HBO Films.

Alterman has taught journalism at both New York University and Columbia University. Since fall 2004, he has been a professor of English at Brooklyn College, where he teaches courses in media and media history. In 2007, he was named a CUNY distinguished professor of English at Brooklyn College and professor of journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Alterman's first book was entitled, Sound & Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy, which won the 1992 George Orwell Award. Alterman wrote the book while studying for his doctorate in U.S. history at Stanford University. Alterman's other books include the national best-sellers, What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News (2003, 2004) and The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America (2004). Other books he has authored include Who Speaks for America? Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy (1998) and the second edition of Sound & Fury (2000). His It Ain't No Sin to be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999, 2001) won the 1999 Stephen Crane Literary Award. In September 2004, Viking Press published When Presidents Lie|When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and its Consequences – a version of his doctoral dissertation – on lies of major consequence told by presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush.

His seventh book, published in 2008 by Viking was entitled, Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America. Also in 2008, Alterman published a lengthy essay in The New Yorker on the decline of American newspapers and the future role of new media news sites. His eighth book, Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama, was published in early 2011. It was an extension a lengthy article by him that was published by The Nation in summer 2010. Alterman's ninth book, The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama (2012), is a history of postwar American liberalism co-authored with the historian Kevin Mattson. Three years later, in 2015, his tenth book, Inequality in One City: Bill de Blasio and the New York Experiment was published.

In 2020, he published his eleventh book, Lying in State: Why Presidents Lie and Why Trump is Worse.

His twelfth book is scheduled for release on November 22, 2022, and is entitled, We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel.

Alterman's media criticism was the subject of two of his books. In contrast to conservative media commentators, Alterman argues that the press is biased against liberals rather than biased in their favor. He was called "the most honest and incisive media critic writing today" in the National Catholic Reporter and the author of "the smartest and funniest political journal out there" in The San Francisco Chronicle. In 2008, Alterman became a regular columnist for the Jewish magazine, Moment, where he wrote regularly about Jewish issues. From 2009 to 2012, he was a regular contributor to The Daily Beast.