Eric Alterman


Hysterical 'Anti-Semitic' Claim Backfires

By Eric Alterman

Hysterical 'Anti-Semitic' Claim Backfires
Eric Alterman blasts back at Josh Block, a self-appointed guardian of pro-Israel policy. Alterman says there’s nothing ‘anti-Semitic’ about taking on Israel’s right-wing.Read More


Israel Turning Into Theocracy

By Eric Alterman

A final split is coming between Israel and world Jewry. The reason is that Israel is slowly but surely turning into a conservative theocracy, writes Eric Alterman.Read More


Pernicious Attempt To Brand Protest as Anti-Semitic

By Eric Alterman

Pernicious Attempt To Brand Protest as Anti-Semitic
Neo-conservatives want to score cheap political points by claiming Occupy Wall Street is riddled with anti-Semitism. Eric Alterman warns: Don’t believe the hype.Read More


To Test Beliefs, Listen to the Other Guy's

By Eric Alterman

To Test Beliefs, Listen to the Other Guy's
Eric Alterman is no Republican. But The Nation scribe was aghast to see his eighth-grade daughter’s reading list included only leftists like Michael Moore and Angela Davis.Read More


Blogger Jennifer Rubin Keeps Washington Post Job After Norway Gaffe

By Eric Alterman

Blogger Jennifer Rubin Keeps Washington Post Job After Norway Gaffe
Right-wing blogger Jennifer Rubin initially blamed Islamic ‘jihadists’ for the Norway massacre. Eric Alterman asks why the Washington Post gives her a platform for bigotry.Read More






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