Michael Massing is an American writer based in New York City. He is a former executive editor of the ''
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and a master's degree from the
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. He often writes for the ''New York Review of Books'' on the media, politics, and foreign affairs. He has also written for ''
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''. His book ''The Fix'' offers a critique of the U.S. war on drugs. ''Now They Tell Us: The American Press and Iraq'' is a collection of articles which first appeared in ''
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'' and analyzes the press coverage of the Iraq war. A later book, ''Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind'', concerns the rivalry between those two men and the movements they represented—Christian humanism and evangelical Christianity; ''The New York Times'' named it a Notable Book of 2018. Massing is co-founder of the
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(CPJ) and currently sits on its board. He is also a board member of the Alicia Patterson Foundation. In 1992, he was named a
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, and in 2011 he was a fellow at the Leon Levy Biography Center at the
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. Raised in Baltimore, Massing attended the
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* Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship (1989)Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship
/ref> * MacArthur Fellow (1992) * Mongerson Prize for Investigative Reporting (2005)

Selected articles

"The Storm over the Israel Lobby," New York Review of Books – June 8, 2006

"Digital Journalism: How Good Is It?" New York Review of Books, June 4, 2015

"Digital Journalism: The Next Generation," June 25, 2015

"Reimagining Journalism; The Story of the One Percent," New York Review of Books, December 17, 2015

"How to Cover the One Percent," New York Review of Books, January 14, 2016

"How Martin Luther Paved the Way for Donald Trump," April 19, 2018

"Journalism in the Age of Trump: What's Missing and What Matters," July 19, 2018
;Books * ''The Fix''. Simon & Schuster, 1998 (paperback: University of California Press, 2000). * ''Now They Tell Us: the American Press and Iraq''. New York Review Books, 2004 (introduction by Orville Schell). * ''Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind''. Harper, 2018.


External links

Michael Massing's articles in The Nation

Articles in The New York Review of Books

Articles in the Columbia Journalism Review

Articles in The American Prospect
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