What Liberal Media?

What Liberal Media?

The Truth About Bias and the News

Book - 2004/03/02
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Baker & Taylor
Refuting the claim that mainstream media has a liberal slant, a media expert and influential journalist exposes the fallacy of a left-wing conspiracy, arguing that it is corporate news structure, rather than individual journalists, that determine what the public sees and hears in broadcast or print media. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
"Bold, counterintuitive, and cathartic.... Alterman is ready for a bar fight, and he comes out swinging."New York Times Book Review

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.

Book News
Alterman (media columnist for The Nation ) debunks the right-wing myth of the "liberal media," taking on the allegations of liberal slant proffered in such books as Ann Coulter's Slander and Bernard Goldberg's Bias . After describing the contrary evidence to many of the assertions contained in those and similar books, he describes the network of corporate funded conservative think tanks and their ability to influence the message of the "punditocracy," taking on such figures as the Washington Post's David Broder, conservative media critic Howard Kurtz, radio host Rush Limbaugh. He then turns to media treatment of the Clinton administration, the 2000 elections, George W. Bush, and a range of social and political issues, arguing that their presentation to the public was skewed in a distinctly rightward direction. A new afterword examines media treatment of George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
The question of whose interests the media protects - and how - has achieved holy-grail-like significance. Is media bias keeping us from getting the whole story? If so, who is at fault? Is it the liberals who are purported to be running the newsrooms, television and radio stations of this country, duping an unsuspecting public into mistaking their party line for news? Or is it the conservatives who have identified media bias as a reliably inflammatory rallying cry around which to consolidate their political base as they cynically "work the refs?" The media has become so pervasive in our lives that regardless of exactly where on the ideological fence you sit, the question of media bias has become all but unavoidable.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2004/03/02
ISBN: 9780465001774
Branch Call Number: 302.23 ALT
Characteristics: xviii, 357 p. ; 24 cm


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DebAK Mar 29, 2016

TcclUser, as a good liberal you forget you do the same thing. So, it is only wrong when someone else does it, right?

Mar 20, 2016

LoL.... you know you've got a winner when you see lots of one star reviews by grumpy conservatives decrying something as "liberal propaganda".

So yeah... read this book if for no other reason than to see what's got them so unhappy . If these conservatives can't control all the media then they will do their best to discourage anything that doesn't fit their political narrative. Jokes on you GOP !!!

These same people give 5 stars to Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy, Glen Beck and claim they are prophets of " The Real Truth"...lol.

LRS1969 Nov 23, 2015

Very good points in dismantling an intentional myth.

The vast majority of the media is conservative with some moderates and liberal media decidedly bringing up the rear.

Apr 05, 2014

This book would be best read at the same time one read's Jane Mayer's outstanding book, Dark Money - - they are really synergistically entwined.
An event not covered in the book, but validates it perfectly, was the dual instances of a national march which took place during the Bush Administration, each time when warrantless wiretapping was front page news, and each time knocking it off the front page.
I'm referring to the two immigration marches which were organized by Spanish-language radio stations, which were owned by the Blackstone Group [founded by Peter G. Peterson and Stephan Schwartzman - - with Rockefeller money; Peterson a Rockefeller protege, Schwartzman inducted into Yale's Skull & Bones by upperclassman, George W. Bush].


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