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What Liberal Media? by Eric Alterman
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May 28, 2008

really liked it

Okay, this is a polemic, but a good one -- Alterman attacks the long standing charge conservatives lodge at liberals, that the media is inherently biased towards liberal opinion. Alterman links this philosophy back to the Nixon Administration's attacks against the liberal academic "ivory towers" critics of the Vietnam War made by Spiro Agnew, and works his way through the Reagan years, the de-regulation of the airwaves, the rise of conservative talk radio, Fox News, conservative journals like the National Review and Weekly Standard, and brings us to today's media climate of failing newspapers and 24 hour television news. Alterman posits that although the American media hasn't been collectively biased towards liberal viewpoints, the proportion of influential media outlets clearly skewed to the right (Fox News, Clear Channel, among others) has grown significantly. This book is a great introduction to the business of journalism and the ties between media and politics in the U.S.

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