The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Tuesday, February 04, 2003  

The Long-Awaited Debut of What Liberal Media?

Finally, this glorious day has come. The truth shall be revealed.

Arriving in stores nationwide today: What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News, the latest book by Nation columnist Eric Alterman, and a badly needed addition to the public debate so scurrilously debased, sullied, and soiled by the likes of the vainglorious miscreant Bernard Goldberg and science-fiction writer and woman from Mars Ann Coulter.

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If you just can’t wait to get started -- and I can’t blame you -- visit the book’s web site,, today to learn more about Alterman’s book and to read the introduction on line in Acrobat’s PDF format.

From the early reviews:

Publisher’s Weekly: “Alterman delivers well-documented, well-argued research in compulsively readable form. His chapter on business journalism, for instance, is a thrill ride through the excesses of late 1990s optimism. . . . Whether readers agree with Alterman or not, his writing on the business of opinion making is eye-opening. This book will be required reading for anyone in politics or journalism, or anyone curious about their complicated nexus.”

Kirkus Reviews: “Alterman hits the nub . . . a sobering reminder that TV long ago abandoned serious journalism and that the watchdogs and skeptics are thin on the ground in all media.”

And while you’re at it, be sure to read Alterman’s outstanding weblog, Altercation, and his always insightful columns in The Nation.

[Post-publication addendum (February 5): Eric Alterman is scheduled to appear on CNN’s “Crossfire” tonight at 7:00 p.m.]

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