What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News

What Liberal Media The Truth about Bias and the News 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

  • Title: What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News
  • Author: Eric Alterman
  • ISBN: 9780465001774
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 rhWidely 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.

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    1. While an interesting topic that needs to be analyzed, this book suffers from an author who approaches the topic with tunnel vision. Alterman seems to have his ideas shape his research, often cherry picking examples from simple statements or laying grand conclusions from weak evidence. In addition, the topic is naturally problematic, given that the conservative/liberal bias tends to increase/decrease given one's own political leanings. To pick out a true bias one needs to get beyond how news is p [...]

    2. Eric Alterman provides the leftist response to Bernard Goldberg's book, Bias, with his own mish-mash of personal vendettas and semi-sourced claims. His vitriol is reserved for those he sees as part of a right-wing noise machine, much of it masquerading as journalists (he takes time out to particularly vilify George Will). He also proclaims that media owned and influenced by corporate titans must be, by definition, conservative - an argument which must be a balm to the heart of socialists everywh [...]

    3. First rate – very detailed look at right wing media bias and provides much support for the fact that clams of “liberal bias” are the right’s equivalent of screaming at the ump to get a favorable ruling later in the game.

    4. This was an unimpressive presentation on the media's "non-bias". It taught me to look at the media as business entities with thin moral lining more than 'non-liberal'.After reading this book I realize that media is, indeed, largely liberal! Thanks, Eric!On the side, I realized this as one who rarely watches TV, listens to NPR, and reads articles from various news sources. When Katrina hit, I turned on the TV in one room - it happened to be on FOX - as my friends in the next room turned on CNN. F [...]

    5. The audio version was abridged, and it can be listened to in a little over 5 hours. I found it quite fascinating. The common assumption of the liberal bias in the U.S. media is questioned in detail, and Alterman makes a compelling case that this assumption is false. It's always good to go over recent history to see how one's perceptions may have changed, and this is a good refresher course in the Bill Clinton/George W. Bush years.

    6. The problem with a book like this: the right people don't read it. It's a total challenge to the ultimate myth: the media slants to the left. Alterman's thesis boils down to two facts: 1) in an effort to avoid liberal bias charges, the media slants itself to the right, and 2) the conservative media slam-dunks the left with the sheer money, resources, and overall support they enjoy that alternative media will always be befeft of. I wish I could memorize this book. Alterman lists how the media tot [...]

    7. If you're looking for a light read, then I can assertively say this will not be an enjoyable book. If you're a national to any country other than the US, it will be even more difficult to read. All throughout the book the author constantly alludes to or directly references American journalists (so many in fact that I'm surprised he hasn't exhausted all of them). Unacquainted with almost all I have to hurriedly skip over them, as a quick Google search of each would turn into a disruption every mi [...]

    8. To answer the question, not much, despite sizable propaganda to the contrary. Indeed, it's more like the other way around -- and overwhelmingly so. With 227-pages of tightly packed small print, author convincingly argues that conservatives have forcefully skewed our national discourse rightward. Culprits include media owners, TV pundits, talk-radio bloviators, Wall Street Journal editorial page and multimillionaire funded "think-tanks." In addition, many media outlets are so cowed by the bias my [...]

    9. This is an extremely dated book. The bias is so cherry picked in fact and in application that it's basically written for the choir. It doesn't begin to question the assumptions only liberals will instantly make in context and definition. It little questions omissions and altered focus of onus that has occurred for the issues and priorities that are NOT central to liberal marketing and agitation. His tone is also one of occasional vitriol and tending to scornful name calling or disdainful labels. [...]

    10. Well researched, but the author aims this at a solidly liberal audience and makes no attempt to win over any sort of moderate audience. Most of his argument rely on assumptions a large portion of the potential audience will not agree with.

    11. Again, take this information with a grain of salt. While Bernard Goldberg was an actual reporter and journalist, Alterman is more of a political pundit. Alterman does bring up good points in his book, however as I wrote before -- bias depends on the person reading it.

    12. Alterman has provided me with enough evidence in the first 150 pages that I don't feel it necessary to trudge through the remainder of this fact laden book when my mind is begging to be captivated by a story. Where is the half-read shelf?

    13. Alterman is probably the most egomaniacal, self-aggrandizing, insufferable read for someone as liberal as myself. His arguments are steeped in he-said-she-said-about-my-column BS.

    14. I actually meet the author, he came to uwgb to talk and then talk to our class after words, maybe he was distracted but he came off kind of dickish, smart man don't get me wrong and great book

    15. The valuable content saves the irritating writing from two-star status. Alterman makes a convincing argument, a necessary one as well (perhaps not as timely 10 years after the fact, but the general premise holds and is absolutely relevant today since the same "liberal media" charges continue to be constantly tossed around). The chapters on Gore were particularly illuminating for me since I was just coming into my political awareness at the time and was still not paying very close attention to th [...]

    16. Explains how the media-television, radio, and print, are owned by only a few individuals. And these individuals can govern the content. Only specific information, usually false or half-truths are told keeping the public unaware/uneducated and blind about what people need to know about current affairs. I believe this book to be a must-read for all people looking for the truth about Big Businesses and the extremely wealthy!

    17. Don’t believe the conservative talking points!Even though it was published in 2004, Eric Alterman’s WHAT LIBERAL MEDIA?: THE TRUTH ABOUT BIAS AND THE NEWS is just as relevant and insightful today, as the 2008 election cycle begins to heat up. From the mainstream media’s misogynist slurs against Hillary Clinton to their love affair with presumptive Republican nominee John McCain (note to Chris Matthews: the media isn’t supposed to be ANY candidate’s “base”), the total lack of a libe [...]

    18. This book did a fantastic job of giving me some good insight into my research topic of into ethics surrounding media and journalism. Eric Alterman gives backs up his opinions with facts in the book "What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News." He argues against a claim set up by Bernard Goldberg in his book "Bias" where Goldberg, arguing from a conservative perspective, states that the news media has a severe leftist slant. In this book, Alterman sets out to prove that the news media [...]

    19. Eric Alterman's book "What Liberal Media?" is an intriguing, inciteful, and frequently entertaining investigation into the often taken-for-granted notion that the news media skews left, as opposed to right or center.Alterman, a self-described liberal, explores the various methods of news media--radio, television, and print--and sites specific examples of a conservative point of view being expressed in all three. To the point that there is much more of a conservative, than a liberal, bias in medi [...]

    20. 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 th [...]

    21. Although it is often a slow read and tends to meander into less-relevant side stories, this book does a great job of revealing how the conservative-manufactured image of the media being liberal has actually made it more right-leaning than it was ever charged with being left-leaning. It shows how underhanded conservatives have been exremely successful at creating a myth that the media is liberal. Alterman uses iron clad facts and logic to prove that the media as a whole in America is quite conser [...]

    22. You might think you know how to kick ass and take names, but Eric Alterman really shows you how it's done. My absolute favorite aspect of this book is how well documented and credibly sourced every single comment is. It's the hallmark of a good reporter and Alterman really earns his stripes in What Liberal Media?. If that wasn't enough, he packed this book with example after example of mass media malfeasance which really strikes a chord that resonates, especially if you are hapless news wonk suc [...]

    23. A very in-depth look at the "liberal media" myth that continues to be expounded by the right. Alterman cites example after example of how the media has lurched to the right over the past 30 years, and how the "liberal media" doesn't really exist in the Mainstream Media anymore.Well researched, well cited, well documented. A very good book if you're interested in the role the media is playing in the public sphere.

    24. Decided to read one book from the left and one book from the right in regards to the media. Of the two from a purely subjective point of view this book comes across as the more analytical book. A lot of his statement are backed up by fact, but still come across as slightly arrogant. I wouldn't say its a must read, but its an interesting point of view read.

    25. Good Grief! I read this book because of the title. It was the first book I read about the terribly conservative slant to America's media. It was a real eye opener. I'm glad that it identified many of the conservative think tanks (with not so far right-sounding names), and their funding, that are behind so much American thought. Everyone should read this book.

    26. Sigh. Focuses on the 2000 election and 9/11 but suggests a lot about how we got to the craziness of the 2016 campaign just the same.

    27. Every time I hear soem right-wing talking head blather on about the "liberal media" I want to hit them over the head with this book. It's an excellent read

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