Alexander Cockburn was a keen observer of the U.S. scene and was in the front rank of media critics. His erudite and crisp writing was exemplary. He was a columnist for The Nation for many years. He was the author of Corruptions of Empire, The Fate of the Forest, co-authored with Suzanna Hecht, The Golden Age Is In Us, and co-authored with Jeffrey St. Clair Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs & the Press. He was the editor of CounterPunch. He died in 2012.