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Eric Alterman is a CUNY Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College and "The Liberal Media" columnist for The Nation. He has written ten books so far, including the New York Times bestseller, "What Liberal Media? The Truth about Bias and the News." In the past, Alterman has been a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and the Nation Institute and the World Policy Institute in New York, as well as a columnist for The Daily Beast, The Forward, Moment, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, the Sunday Express (London) etc. He has been called “the most honest and incisive media critic writing today” in The National Catholic Reporter and author of “the smartest and funniest political journal out there,” in The San Francisco Chronicle. A winner of the George Orwell Prize, the Stephen Crane Literary Award and the Mirror Award for media criticism (twice), he has also been a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a Schusterman Foundation Fellow at Brandeis University, a member of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language and a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. Alterman received his Ph.D in US history from Stanford, his M.A. in international relations at Yale and his B.A. from Cornell. Previously, he taught at Columbia, NYU and Hofstra. He lives in Manhattan, where he is currently at work on a second book about the history of the presidential dishonesty, entitled "Lying in State: Why Presidents Lie and Why Trump is Different." It is scheduled to be published in the Spring of 2020 by Basic Books. He owes Basic another book tentatively titled "What We Talk About When We Talk About Israel," but that's a way's off.

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