CounterPunch is a magazine published six times per year in the
United States that covers politics in a manner its editors describe as
"muckraking with a radical attitude". It has been described as
1.1 Russian disinformation
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The newsletter was established in 1994 by the Washington, D.C.-based
investigative reporter Ken Silverstein. He was soon joined by
Andrew Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, who became co-editors in 1996
when Silverstein left. In 2007, Cockburn and St. Clair wrote
that in founding
CounterPunch they had "wanted it to be the best
muckraking newsletter in the country", and cited as inspiration such
pamphleteers as Edward Abbey, Peter Maurin, and Ammon Hennacy, as well
as the socialist/populist newspaper Appeal to Reason (1895–1922).
When Alexander Cockburn died in 2012 at the age of 71, environmental
Joshua Frank became managing editor and Jeffrey St. Clair
became editor-in-chief of CounterPunch.
During the 2016 presidential election,
CounterPunch published the
writings of Alice Donovan who purported to be a freelance writer but
was in fact a pseudonymous employee of the Russian government.
Donovan was tracked by the FBI for nine months. According to The
Washington Post, "she seemed to be doing the Kremlin’s bidding by
stoking discontent toward Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and
touting WikiLeaks, which U.S. officials say was a tool of Russia’s
broad influence operation to affect the presidential race." In
late November 2017, the Washington Post contacted
Jeffrey St. Clair said that Donovan's pitches did
not stand out amongst the pitches that
daily. St. Clair asked Donovan to substantiate her identity by
sending a photo of her driving license but Donovan never
responded. On the same day the Washington Post article was
published on Donovan, St. Clair and Frank published a piece stating
CounterPunch only ran one article by Alice Donovan during the
2016 election, which was on cyber-breaches of medical databases. They
also exposed Donovan as a serial plagiarizer. In addition, in
another follow-up article St. Clair and Frank exposed a network of
alleged trolls that operated a site called Inside Syria Media Center,
which promoted a pro-
Bashar al-Assad and pro-Russian view of the
Syrian Civil War. St. Clair and Frank speculated that the website was
connected to the same network of trolls as Alice Donovan.
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The Observer described the
CounterPunch website as "one of
the most popular political sources in America, with a keen following
in Washington". Other sources have variously described
CounterPunch as a "left-wing", "extreme" or "radical"
a "political newsletter", and a "muckraking newsletter".
The lobby group Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in
America (CAMERA) that counters criticism of the Israeli government in
U.S. media in 2007 described CounterPunch.org as an "extremist
anti-Israel web site."
CounterPunch was also criticized for an
interview with Pink Floyd's
Roger Waters in which he made extreme
comments on Israel and a "Jewish lobby." (Waters in a separate
Haaretz stated that he hates apartheid and not
Israel Shamir was part of the
WikiLeaks organisation and an associate of its director, Julian
Assange, and in late 2010 and early 2011 wrote a series of
exclusive articles for
CounterPunch drawing on materials from the
United States diplomatic cables leak. He has also written and
co-written articles for
CounterPunch on what he alleges to be a
campaign of harassment against Assange. One of these articles,
"Assange Betrayed", made allegations against a plaintiff in a
Swedish rape case against Assange that were widely circulated in the
media. The allegations in
CounterPunch were the topic of
controversy in the mainstream media.
Max Boot described
CounterPunch as an "extreme"
"conspiracy-mongering website", citing a 2003 article by Dave Lindorff
George W. Bush
George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler. The same article was
also referred to by
James Taranto of the
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal as
similarly permitting the dismissal of CounterPunch. Lindorff has
defended his article against this characterization.
Adrian Chen of
The New Yorker
The New Yorker called
"respected left-leaning" publication following accusations that
CounterPunch promoted a pro-Russian agenda.
^ "FAQs". CounterPunch.org. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
^ "We've got all the right enemies". CounterPunch. Archived from the
original on 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
^ a b Ralph Blumenthal (May 12, 2006). "Army Acts to Curb Abuses of
Injured Recruits". The New York Times. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
^ a b "The Devil You Know". new Republic.
^ a b "Olbermann, Assange, and the Holocaust Denier When you want to
believe, you'll believe anything". Reason.
^ "Counterpunch is the brainchild of Ken Silverstein, a former AP
reporter in Rio de Janeiro." Lies of Our Times, vols 4-5 (1993), p.
^ Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair, Five Days that Shook the
World: Seattle and Beyond (London and New York: Verso, 2000), p. 151;
Alexander Cockburn, Ken Silverstein, Washington Babylon (London and
New York: Verso, 1996), p. 302.
^ Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair, End Times: The Death of the
Fourth Estate (Petrolia, California, and Oakland, California:
CounterPunch and AK Press, 2007), pp. 2, 44.
^ Alexander Cockburn,
Jeffrey St. Clair (2007), End times: the death
of the fourth estate,
CounterPunch and AK Press, p383
^ Nichols, John, "Alexander Cockburn and the Radical Power of the
Word", thenation.com, 21 July 2012, accessed 22 July 2012
^ An Award-Winning Year, The Investigative Fund retrieved July 24,
^ a b c d e Entous, Adam; Nakashima, Ellen; Jaffe, Greg (2017-12-25).
"Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated
options". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved
Jeffrey St. Clair and
Joshua Frank (December 25, 2017). "Go Ask
Alice: the Curious Case of "Alice Donovan"". CounterPunch. Retrieved
January 6, 2018.
Jeffrey St. Clair and
Joshua Frank (January 5, 2018). "Ghosts in the
Propaganda Machine". CounterPunch. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
^ Christopher Reed (March 2, 2003). "Battle of the bottle divides
columnists". The Observer.
^ a b Boot, Max (March 11, 2004). "The Fringe Fires at Bush on Iraq".
^ "The Assange allegations". December 21, 2010. Archived December 25,
2010, at the Wayback Machine..
^ Dan Mitchell (October 29, 2006). "Royalty checks aren't in the mail
- Business - International Herald Tribune". The New York Times.
Retrieved June 14, 2011.
^ MELINDA TUHUS (March 22, 1998). "Who Pays For Mistakes In Making
Electricity?". The New York Times. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
^ "Norman Finkelstein, Benny Morris and Peace not Apartheid". CAMERA.
February 7, 2007. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
^ Boteach, Shmuley. "The Anti-Semitic Stench of Pink Floyd".
Observer.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
^ Gideon Levy (August 2, 2015). "
Roger Waters Sets the Record
Straight: I Hate Apartheid, Not Israel". Anti-Defamation League.
Retrieved March 23, 2017.
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^ e.g. http://www.counterpunch.org/shamir05042011.html
^ e.g. http://www.counterpunch.org/shamir02012011.html
^ "14 September 2010". Counterpunch.org. 2010-09-14. Retrieved
^ e.g. David Edwards Revealed: Assange ‘rape’ accuser linked to
The Raw Story
The Raw Story 6 December 2010
^ "On his
Keith Olbermann (162,000 followers)
links to a rambling blog post arguing that ... a Swedish feminist who
accused Assange of rape, is an anti-Castro activist with connections
CIA front groups. Elsewhere on the Internet, NYU professor Mark
Crispin Miller, the popular liberal website FireDogLake, Bianca
The First Post (a British news website "brought to you by
The Week") all circulated the charges without an ounce of
skepticism... [The original source was] one comes to an article posted
on Alexander Cockburn’s far-left website Counterpunch by the writers
Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett".
Michael C. Moynihan "Olbermann,
Assange, and the Holocaust Denier" reason.com December 7, 2010
^ Kate Harding "Accusations against Assange's accuser" Australian
Broadcasting Company 9 December 2010
^ David Leigh and
Luke Harding "Holocaust denier in charge of handling
The Guardian 31 January 2011
Dave Lindorff (February 1, 2003). "Bush and Hitler and the Strategy
of Fear". CounterPunch.
Dave Lindorff (July 17, 2003). "Is Bush Another Hitler?: Bush and
Hitler...Compare and Contrast A Response to the WSJ's James Taranto".
Adrian Chen (December 1, 2016). "The Propaganda About Russian
Propaganda". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
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