Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal is the senior editor of AlterNet's Grayzone Project, and the author, most recently, of The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.

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Letter to the Editor: Responding to Gershom Gorenberg

In this letter, journalist and author Max Blumenthal responds to Gershom Gorenberg’s latest column.

The letter below from journalist and author Max Blumenthal is a response to Prospect columnist Gershom Gorenberg’s article, “The Strange Sympathy of the Far Left for Putin,” published October 14, 2016. G ershom Gorenberg accuses me of “strange sympathy” for Putin and implies I also sympathize with Assad. Gorenberg cites my recent investigative series on the public relations push to cultivate support for increased military action in Syria, but he does not challenge a single fact—he even avoided linking to either of the reports . Gorenberg did not produce a single statement by me expressing any support or sympathy for either Putin or Assad, perhaps because there is not one. Had he performed his due diligence as a journalist, Gorenberg would have found that I harshly criticized Assad’s brutal repression of a civil revolt in 2012, and that I have done my best to give a voice to those who have fled from the violence. I am open about my opposition to a no-fly zone that Hillary Clinton has...

Crouch Time

Throughout his three-decade-long career as founder and president of the world's largest religious broadcasting company, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), Paul Crouch has earned a reputation for preaching about the wrath of God, even delivering holy death threats to his critics, as he did in 1991 when he told them, "To hell with you! Get out of the way! I say get out of God's way! Quit blocking God's bridges or God's going to shoot you if I don't." Yet when allegations surfaced in reports by William Lobdell of the Los Angeles Times last weekend that Crouch had had a gay tryst with a former employee, he stayed out of public view, delegating his eldest son, Paul Crouch Jr., to appeared in his place as host of Behind the Scenes , a show that focuses on activities within the TBN. Crouch Jr. limited his discussion to an altogether different storm rocking the ministry: Hurricane Ivan, which was threatening TBN affiliates in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, the TBN issued a lengthy press release...

White Noise

It's hard to fathom that a small journal like the Occidental Quarterly , which publishes articles defending the science of eugenics, claiming that "neoconservatism is indeed a Jewish intellectual and political movement," contending that Abraham Lincoln was a white supremacist pressured into "an unnecessary war," and saying that the United States made a grave error in declaring war on Nazi Germany, could have had much of an impact on American politics. Yet as the premier voice of the white-nationalist movement, the Occidental Quarterly acts as a roundtable for some of the far right's most influential figures. And with election day only eight weeks away, many of the activists and intellectuals on the Quarterly 's board are campaigning -- from Western swing states to backrooms at the Republican national convention -- to reshape the Republican Party in their ideological mold. Sitting on the Occidental 's advisory board is a who's who of the national anti-immigration movement, including...

Nader's Dubious Raiders

After four decades of tireless crusading for consumer's rights and against corporate influence over government, Ralph Nader has developed an unblemished luster of integrity. However, as Nader forges ahead with his long-shot, independent presidential candidacy in an especially heated election season, he appears to be shedding the conviction that has formed the core of his politics for so long in favor of political expediency. In its effort to get on the ballot in the key battleground state of Arizona, the Prospect has learned, the Nader campaign hired a petition company that is also gathering signatures for a draconian anti-immigrant initiative pushed by right-wing elements in the state. The initiative, called Protect Arizona Now (PAN), would restrict access to public services by undocumented immigrants. In addition, according to several sources, the Nader campaign was assisted in its petition drive by an unlikely figure: the ultra-conservative former executive director of the Arizona...

Nader's Dubious Raiders

After four decades of tireless crusading for consumer's rights and against corporate influence over government, Ralph Nader has developed an unblemished luster of integrity. However, as Nader forges ahead with his long-shot, independent presidential candidacy in an especially heated election season, he appears to be shedding the conviction that has formed the core of his politics for so long in favor of political expediency. In its effort to get on the ballot in the key battleground state of Arizona, the Prospect has learned, the Nader campaign hired a petition company that is also gathering signatures for a draconian anti-immigrant initiative pushed by right-wing elements in the state. The initiative, called Protect Arizona Now (PAN), would restrict access to public services by undocumented immigrants. In addition, according to several sources, the Nader campaign was assisted in its petition drive by an unlikely figure: the ultra-conservative former executive director of the Arizona...

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