I see the City University of New York has a bio of one “Alterman, Eric – Professor, Journalism of Ideas, on its website.”
Quoting the CUNY website: “Eric Alterman is Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College, an award-winning author, and “The Liberal Media” columnist for The Nation. He is also a fellow of the Nation Institute; a senior fellow and “Altercation” weblogger for Media Matters for America in Washington, D.C.; a senior fellow at the Washington D.C.-based Center for American Progress, where he writes and edits the “Think Again” column; a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York, and a history consultant to HBO Films.”
While I am sure Alterman enjoys stroking every callus he has gotten patting his own back, I had no very high opinion of this scribbling, prattling, facticide to begin with. Alterman’s bio provides little hope for an improvement. In looking over some of the works of this supposedly distinguished professor of “English” it is obvious that Alterman is neither a Fred Faust, an Ernie Pyle, nor yet a William S. Porter.
As a journalist, Alterman is about on par with Leroy Hall. A long forgotten cub for an equally long forgotten North Dakota weekly one sheeter that no one but a compulsive reader would even be aware of.
And to outline the reason for this short discourse on the shortcomings of what passes for “journalists” and “journalism” in this degraded age; I see the Daily Caller has published an excerpt from a exultant E-mail of Alterman’s, sent to the so called “journolist,” on the occasion of Barack Obama’s election to the presidency. In it, this “distinguished professor” of English calls McCain voters, quote, “Fucking Nascar retards…” Short, sweet, and to the point. The point of no return.
I would describe this sciolist masquerading as a “distinguished professor of English” in proper English terms – but given the gutter language he employs and the limited range of knowledge his works demonstrate, I seriously doubt this autem cackler has the capacity to understand either his own actions or his own motives when he speaks of his betters. For those of the NASCAR set are generally more knowledgeable, more charitable, have a greater vocabulary, and are far more affluent than any of the self styled “journalists” and most of the “professors” one is likely to encounter in this world.
Alterman should either tighten the latigo on that jaw of his, or someone at least as smart as a pressroom rat should do it for him.