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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 left-wing by both supporters and detractors.

magazine has published frequent commentaries by Alexander Cockburn , current editor-in-chief Jeffrey St. Clair , editor Joshua Frank , and includes regular contributions by a wide range of others. Topics include critical coverage of both Democratic and Republican politicians and extensive reporting of environmental and trade union issues, American foreign policy , and the Israeli-Arab conflict .


* 1 History * 2 Topics and contributors * 3 Reception * 4 Books * 5 References * 6 External links


The newsletter was established in 1994 by the Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
-based investigative reporter Ken Silverstein . He was soon joined by the journalists Cockburn and St. Clair. In 1996, Silverstein left the publication and Cockburn and St. Clair became co-editors. 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).

CounterPunch-sourced news stories have frequently featured in the Project Censored annual list of top 25 "underreported, mis-reported, or censored" news stories, including three in 1997 ("Dark Alliance: Tuna Free Trade, and Cocaine"; "Corporate America Spends Big $$ on Pro-China PR"; and "U.S. Alone in Blocking Export Ban of Toxic Waste to Third World" ). Other entries include 1998 ("The Scheme to Privatize the Hanford Nuke Plant" and "American Drug Industry Uses the Poor as Human Guinea Pigs" ), several in 2000 and others in 2001 2003 and 2004.

Regular CounterPunch
contributor Israel Shamir
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.


publishes articles from contributors critical of conventional wisdom on certain topics, under its slogan "muckraking with a radical attitude." This stance has been controversial in some areas, including in relation to the Arab–Israeli conflict
Arab–Israeli conflict
, where CounterPunch
has published anti-Zionist figures including Israel Shamir , Gilad Atzmon , and Norman Finkelstein
Norman Finkelstein
, as well as Uri Avnery , founder of the Gush Shalom protest movement in Israel. Others include Jonathan Cook
Jonathan Cook
and 2016 Green Vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka .

Within the broader area of American foreign policy , contributors include Ajamu Baraka, William Blum and Patrick Cockburn . CounterPunch
also has a strong tradition of criticizing US financial and economic policy, including the financial regulation deficits which led to the 2008 crisis . In this area contributors include former Financial Times and Forbes
editor Eamonn Fingleton , Paul Craig Roberts (Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration ), Winslow T. Wheeler and Michael Hudson . On environmental issues , contributors include Joshua Frank and Harvey Wasserman . Some more frequent contributors, such as Dave Lindorff and Saul Landau , cover a wide range of subjects.


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In 2003, The Observer described the CounterPunch
website as a "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 interview with Haaretz stated that he hates apartheid and not Israelis. )

In 2004, Max Boot described CounterPunch
as an "extreme" "conspiracy-mongering website", citing a 2003 article by Dave Lindorff comparing George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler . The same article was also referred to by James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal as similarly permitting the dismissal of CounterPunch. Lindorff has defended his article against this characterization.

In 2016, Adrian Chen of The New Yorker called CounterPunch
a "respected left-leaning" publication following accusations that CounterPunch
promoted a pro-Russian agenda.


Books, an imprint of AK Press
AK Press
, has published a number of books, typically works by individual CounterPunch
contributors, or collections of essays by CounterPunch
contributors. The most controversial books, reflecting CounterPunch' stance on criticism of the Israeli government , are The Politics of Anti-Semitism (2003), edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, and The Case Against Israel (2005) by Michael Neumann , a philosophy professor at Trent University in response to Alan Dershowitz
Alan Dershowitz
's The Case for Israel . Of the former book, CounterPunch
said "Is this the most controversial book of 2003? It was denounced by liberals and neocons alike, numerous reviews in mainstream papers were quashed by editors."

A number of CounterPunch
books focus on environmental issues, including St. Clair's Born Under a Bad Sky: Notes from the Dark Side of the Earth (2008) and Andrea Peacock's Wasting Libby: The True Story of How the WR Grace Corporation Left a Montana Town to Die (2010), on W. R. Grace and Company
W. R. Grace and Company
's role in Libby, Montana
Libby, Montana
. A Dime's Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils (2004), a collection of essays, illustrates CounterPunch's criticism of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

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* ^ "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. * ^ Richard Keeble, Ethics for Journalists (2nd edn; New York: Routledge, 2009), p. 170; James Walch and Jim Walch, In the Net: An Internet Guide for Activists (London and New York: Zed Books, 1999), p. 127. * ^ "largely progressive political commentary—commentary that transcends the "good Democrat, bad Republican" dichotomy by taking aim at any policy, policy-maker, or too-comfortable consciousness that conserves the status quo." - Gorski, Paul (2007), "Beyond the Network News: Progressive Sources for the News You and Your Students Won’t See on Fox or CNN", Multicultural Perspectives, 9(1), 29–31. p30 * ^ Richard Paul and Linda Elder, The Thinker's Guide for Conscientious Citizens on How to Detect Media Bias and Propaganda (3rd edn; Dillon Beach, California: Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2006), p. 29. * ^ "Counterpunch is the brainchild of Ken Silverstein, a former AP reporter in Rio de Janeiro." Lies of Our Times , vols 4-5 (1993), p. 26. * ^ 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 * ^ Project Censored , Dark Alliance: Tuna Free Trade, and Cocaine, story by Ken Silverstein and Alexander Cockburn * ^ Project Censored , Corporate America Spends Big $$ on Pro-China PR, story by Ken Silverstein and Alexander Cockburn * ^ Project Censored , U.S. Alone in Blocking Export Ban of Toxic Waste to Third World, story by Ken Silverstein and Alexander Cockburn * ^ Project Censored , The Scheme to Privatize the Hanford Nuke Plant, story by Jeffrey St Clair and Alexander Cockburn * ^ Project Censored , American Drug Industry Uses the Poor as Human Guinea Pigs, story by Scott Handelman * ^ Project Censored , U.S. Agency Seeks to Export Weapons-Grade Plutonium to Russian Organization Tied to Organized Crime, story by Jeffrey St Clair and Alexander Cockburn * ^ Project Censored , America’s Largest Nuclear Test Exposed Thousands, story by Jeffrey St Clair and Alexander Cockburn * ^ Project Censored , U.S. Army’s Psychological Operations Personnel Worked at CNN, story by Alexander Cockburn * ^ Project Censored , United States\' Policies in Colombia Support Mass Murder, story by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair * ^ Project Censored , Rumsfeld’s Plan to Provoke Terrorists, story by Chris Floyd * ^ Index on Censorship "WikiLeaks, Belarus and Israel Shamir" 5 February 2011] * ^ 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 2014-08-12. * ^ e.g. David Edwards Revealed: Assange ‘rape’ accuser linked to notorious CIA
operative The Raw Story
The Raw Story
6 December 2010 * ^ "On his Twitter feed, MSNBC
host Keith Olbermann
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 to CIA
front groups. Elsewhere on the Internet, NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller , the popular liberal website FireDogLake , Bianca Jagger , and The First Post (a British news website "brought to you by The Week ") all circulated the charges without an ounce of skepticism... one comes to an article posted on Alexander Cockburn’s far-left website Counterpunch by the writers Israel Shamir
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 Moscow cables" The Gu