Sound and Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy

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Cornell University Press, 1999 - Social Science - 322 pages
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For this new edition, Eric Alterman has made revisions throughout the book, with new material on the impact of the O. J. Simpson trial and the rise of MSNBC as well as on the Clinton scandals, the media's obsession with Monica Lewinsky, and the resulting conflation of investigative reporting with gossip.
 

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Alterman, a media critic more recently known for "What Liberal Media?," here dissects what he calls the "punditocracy:" The high-profile columnists and commentators who, he argues, wield far too much ... Read full review

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This is a revised and expanded version of a 1993 book in which Nation columnist Alterman lamented the decline of political discourse in America and blamed its sorry state on the rise of political ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
SECTION ONE THE BIRTH OF A NOTION
19
SECTION TWO THE REAGAN PUNDITOCRACY
83
THE BUSH
203
Conclusion
279
Notes
291
Index
313
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About the author (1999)

Eric Alterman is a political & cultural columnist for "The Nation", MSNBC.com, & Intellectual Capital.com & is a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute. He has contributed to "Rolling Stone", "Mother Jones", "Elle", "The New Yorker", "Vanity Fair", "Harper's", "The New Republic", "The New York Times" & "The Washington Post". He is the author also of two works of political commentary & analysis "Sound & Fury" & "Who Speaks for America". He lives in Manhattan.

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