Tag: The Nation

Marshall Ganz on the “story of the self” & where Obama, MoveOn and Change went wrong

Marshall Ganz

In a biographical essay in The Nation (Feb. 3, 2011), Sasha Abramsky characterizes Ganz’s approach: “The first thing we taught was story,” explains Ganz. “It was tapping into that moral resource and coupling it with strategy and leadership.” Shared values,

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On the Other Hand…Nothing: The Trouble with Even-handedness

Eric Alterman The decades-long class war being waged by corporate America and the superrich on the rest of us has been aided tremendously by the media’s tendency to treat both sides as if they are guilty of what only one

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The Fox News Effect

Marvin Kitman Editor’s Note: A survey of habitual Fox News viewers by Fairleigh Dickinson University revealed that they become poorly informed about current events. But mere statistics fail to reveal the causes of this effect. Does habitual Foxwatching, for example,

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Rupert Murdoch’s Watergate

By Alexander Cockburn What began in Britain in 2005 as “a third-rate burglary” of voicemails, supposedly limited to a criminal invasion of privacy by a News of the World reporter and a private investigator, has flowered beautifully into a Level

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Fox: The Liars’ Network

Eric Alterman In July 1999 Vice President Al Gore paddled down the Connecticut River in New Hampshire to spread what then–Rolling Stone reporter Eric Boehlert termed “his green theme of protecting the environment” while posing for the obvious photo-op. His

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Happy Birthday, Rupert Murdoch!

Eric Alterman Take a step back from contemporary American political debate and it’s not hard to conclude that our political class has gone insane. Tax giveaways to the wealthiest Americans as the deficit rages out of control. Attacks on underpaid

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Wisconsin: The Conservative Class War, Part III

Eric Alterman The conservative class war on the American middle class and poor has seen three stages, with each building on the previous one. The first, begun in the late 1960s and early ’70s, involved the creation of a series

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The Conservative Class War, Continued

Eric Alterman It was a terrible tabloid tale. While New York City was buried under a blizzard, widows and orphans freezing and starving in their apartments, union fat cats swigged brewskis and chuckled to themselves as sanitation workers conspired to

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Journalism’s Age of Shame

Eric Alterman The black political art of “working the refs” with constant and vociferous complaints of “liberal bias” in the media has a long and distinguished history. Few of its practitioners, however, have succeeded so frequently—and nakedly—as the ex-Drudge drudge

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What’s Really Wrong With the MSM?

Eric Alterman Of course, far more is wrong with the mainstream media than can be described, or even enumerated, in one column. But let’s give it a shot, using only items that have come up since my last column, all

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