What Liberal Media?
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: February 2003
Duration: 5 hours 11 minutes
Bernard Goldberg, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill O'Reilly to name only three have had their day on bestseller lists exposing the alleged buffoonery and incompetence of the so-called liberal media. Until now, not a single journalist has undertaken an investigation, let alone a refutation, of the myth that the mainstream media slants the news to the left, thereby duping the American public and keeping it ignorant of the truth about the world in which we live.
In What Liberal Media? Eric Alterman takes these accusations seriously and in brisk, light-hearted prose exposes the fallacy of the vast left-wing conspiracy that never was. Starting from the fundamental position that the media is neither the conservative monolith nor the liberal majority that many make it out to be, Alterman lays out a surprising defense of the media as it now stands. It isn't individual journalists who dictate the news, he claims, but rather the corporate news structure--be it television or print--that determines what we see and read. This very structure, much more than the personal idealogies of prominent news figures, defines the current state of the media--one that Alterman describes as more conservatively oriented than critics on the right are willing to admit.
Armed with data that debunk many of the more inflammatory accusations made against the media and expose just who controls the purse strings of the press, What Liberal Media? is a must-hear for all those outraged, confused, or just plain disgused at the current critical stalemate about who the media serves and why it exists.