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For the Dismissal of Objectivity in News

Over the past decade or so, “objectivity,” that elusive yet useful ideal in modern professional journalism, has been under attack. The right has now turned the left’s critique of power on its head, and accused the news establishment of somehow having a “liberal” bias. In less of a response than a lament, Eric Alterman in his well-documented book What Liberal Media?

Letter From Palestine: Searching For Eliyahu Gorey

East Jerusalem comes alive early. The six a.m. sun hits the high stone walls of the Old City and casts a long shadow before the Damascus Gate. Radios from taxi cabs and passing police vehicles squawk commands to the cab drivers, already chain-smoking, and the 18-year-old soldiers behind the wheels of their jeeps.

Perspectives on Party Politics: Part 1

In the Pepsi Challenge, Democrats Taste Ill I voted for Ralph Nader. But I take no responsibility for George W. Bush’s election. Had Nader not run, most of his voters (and certainly myself) would have opted for a different third-party candidate, or not voted at all, rather than support Gore, a candidate so uninspiring that he couldn’t even win his home state.

THE WORLD OF SECRET AFFINITIES: Remembering Isaac Babel and Walter Benjamin

1940 was a terrible year for freethinking intellectuals. As Stalin and Hitler’s pincers tightened, a bullet and a morphine overdose saw off two of the twentieth century’s most fertile and imaginative brains: Isaac Babel and Walter Benjamin.

9/11: Surf’s Up

On the morning of September 11, 2001 I was on the Belt Parkway, headed out to surf Long Beach. The day was beautiful, clear, and bright with huge swells rolling in thanks to Hurricane Erin down south. The conditions were so perfect any serious surfer had to go, you couldn’t miss an opportunity like this.


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