Alexander Cockburn, the Village Voice’s legendary Press Clips columnist who invented progressive media criticism, skewering the likes of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Alexander Haig, Arnaud deBorchgrave, Midge Decter, and the journalists who loved them too much, died last night. Fired by the Voice in 1984 in a pro-Israeli witchhunt while the paper was briefly owned by Rupert Murdoch, Cockburn went to The Nation and later cofounded CounterPunch. Get his writings if you can.

Alexander Cockburn, the Village Voice’s legendary Press Clips columnist who invented progressive media criticism, skewering the likes of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Alexander Haig, Arnaud deBorchgrave, Midge Decter, and the journalists who loved them too much, died last night. Fired by the Voice in 1984 in a pro-Israeli witchhunt while the paper was briefly owned by Rupert Murdoch, Cockburn went to The Nation and later cofounded CounterPunch. Get his writings if you can.

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