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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Alterman Narrator: Eric Alterman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2003 ISBN: 9780743549370
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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 rallying cry around which to consolidate their political base? The media has become so large and 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.

What Liberal Media? confronts the question of liberal bias and provides a sharp and utterly convincing assessment of the realities of political bias in the news. In distinct contrast to the conclusions reached by Ann Coulter, Bernard Goldberg, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'reilly, Alterman finds the media to be far more conservative than liberal. The fact that conservatives howl so much louder and more effectively than liberals is one big reason that big media is always on its guard for "liberal" bias but gives conservative bias a free press.

After listening to What Liberal Media? you will understand that the real news story of recent years is not whether this newspaper, or that news anchor, is biased but rather to what extent the entire news industry is organized to communicate conservative views and push our politics to the right -- regardless of how "liberal" any given reporter may be in "real life". Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/28/2013

    " 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 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Georgiadis | 6/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivan | 5/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/15/2013

    " Read it with an open mind; you may be surprised. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 5/11/2013

    " another in a long line of books that has made me totally cynical about the world - read multiple times "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 11/28/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frederick | 9/19/2012

    " Well-researched and well argued. Thought provoking. Can I get my news from Canada? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Ridge | 6/4/2011

    " 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... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil Mitchell | 5/12/2011

    " Really high level thinker. First he speaks kindly of media personalities and then in the next paragraph he destroys their credibility. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 2/16/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/16/2011

    " another in a long line of books that has made me totally cynical about the world - read multiple times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 8/30/2009

    " Really high level thinker. First he speaks kindly of media personalities and then in the next paragraph he destroys their credibility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 10/25/2008

    " 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 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frederick | 8/24/2008

    " Well-researched and well argued. Thought provoking. Can I get my news from Canada? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivan | 7/7/2008

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 8/8/2007

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 6/6/2007

    " Read it with an open mind; you may be surprised. "

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About the Author
Author Eric Alterman

Eric Alterman is distinguished professor of English and journalism at Brooklyn College and the graduate school of journalism at the City University of New York. He is the author of the national bestsellers What Liberal Media?, The Book on Bush (with Mark Green), and When Presidents Lie.