_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.
_CounterPunch_ magazine has published frequent commentaries by
Alexander Cockburn , current editor-in-chief
Jeffrey St. Clair ,
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
* 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. -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 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.
TOPICS AND CONTRIBUTORS
_CounterPunch_ 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 , where _CounterPunch_ has published anti-Zionist figures including Israel Shamir , Gilad Atzmon , and Norman Finkelstein , as well as Uri Avnery , founder of the Gush Shalom protest movement in Israel. Others include Jonathan Cook and 2016 Green Vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka .
Within the broader area of
American foreign policy
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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."
Max Boot described
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 's role in 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,
* ^ _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),
* ^ "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.
* ^ 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:
* ^ Jonathan Cook _CounterPunch_, 28 June 2008, Israel\'s Encaging of Gaza * ^ Baraka, Ajamu (November 19, 2014). "Violence and Resistance in Palestine". _CounterPunch_. Retrieved August 13, 2016. * ^ "The Yemen Tragedy and the Ongoing Crisis of the Left in the United States". _CounterPunch_. September 16, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2016. * ^ Harry Browne, _CounterPunch_, 19 February 2009, How Ireland Went Bust * ^ Michael Hudson , 19 September 2008, The Dow Jones\' Wonderfully Cheesy Addition * ^ "Big Sky Rebels", July 26, 2008, Joshua Frank, _CounterPunch_, retrieved 5 September 2008 * ^ Harvey Wasserman , 25 July 2008, New Nukes Not Ready for Prime Time * ^ 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". _LATIMes_. * ^ "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. * ^ 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". _CounterPunch_. * ^ Adrian Chen (December 1, 2016). "The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 23, 2017. * ^ CounterPunch.org, CounterPunch