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CounterPunch
CounterPunch
is a magazine published six times per year[1] in the United States that covers politics in a manner its editors describe as "muckraking with a radical attitude".[2] It has been described as left-wing.[3][4][5]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Russian disinformation

2 Reception 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] The newsletter was established in 1994 by the Washington, D.C.-based investigative reporter Ken Silverstein.[6] He was soon joined by Andrew Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, who became co-editors in 1996 when Silverstein left.[7][8] In 2007, Cockburn and St. Clair wrote that in founding CounterPunch
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).[9] When Alexander Cockburn died in 2012 at the age of 71, environmental journalist Joshua Frank became managing editor and Jeffrey St. Clair became editor-in-chief of CounterPunch.[10][11] Russian disinformation[edit] During the 2016 presidential election, CounterPunch
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.[12] Donovan was tracked by the FBI for nine months.[12] 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."[12] In late November 2017, the Washington Post contacted CounterPunch
CounterPunch
about Donovan; co-editor Jeffrey St. Clair said that Donovan's pitches did not stand out amongst the pitches that CounterPunch
CounterPunch
received daily.[12] St. Clair asked Donovan to substantiate her identity by sending a photo of her driving license but Donovan never responded.[12] On the same day the Washington Post article was published on Donovan, St. Clair and Frank published a piece stating that CounterPunch
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.[13] 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
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.[14] Reception[edit]

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In 2003, The Observer described the CounterPunch
CounterPunch
website as "one of the most popular political sources in America, with a keen following in Washington".[15] Other sources have variously described CounterPunch
CounterPunch
as a "left-wing",[3][4][5] "extreme" or "radical"[16][17] a "political newsletter",[18] and a "muckraking newsletter".[19] 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."[20] CounterPunch
CounterPunch
was also criticized for an interview with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters
Roger Waters
in which he made extreme comments on Israel and a "Jewish lobby."[21] (Waters in a separate interview with Haaretz
Haaretz
stated that he hates apartheid and not Israelis.[22]) Former CounterPunch
CounterPunch
contributor Israel Shamir
Israel Shamir
was part of the WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks
organisation and an associate of its director, Julian Assange,[23] and in late 2010 and early 2011 wrote a series of exclusive articles for CounterPunch
CounterPunch
drawing on materials from the United States diplomatic cables leak.[24] He has also written and co-written articles for CounterPunch
CounterPunch
on what he alleges to be a campaign of harassment against Assange.[25] One of these articles, "Assange Betrayed",[26] made allegations against a plaintiff in a Swedish rape case against Assange that were widely circulated in the media.[27][28] The allegations in CounterPunch
CounterPunch
were the topic of controversy in the mainstream media.[29][30] In 2004, Max Boot described CounterPunch
CounterPunch
as an "extreme" "conspiracy-mongering website", citing a 2003 article by Dave Lindorff comparing George W. Bush
George W. Bush
to Adolf Hitler.[16][31] 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.[32] In 2016, Adrian Chen
Adrian Chen
of The New Yorker
The New Yorker
called CounterPunch
CounterPunch
a "respected left-leaning" publication following accusations that CounterPunch
CounterPunch
promoted a pro-Russian agenda.[33] References[edit]

^ "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. 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
CounterPunch
and AK Press, 2007), pp. 2, 44. ^ Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair (2007), End times: the death of the fourth estate, CounterPunch
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, 2016 ^ 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 2017-12-25.  ^ 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". 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
Roger Waters
Sets the Record Straight: I Hate Apartheid, Not Israel". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved March 23, 2017.  ^ Index on Censorship
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
CIA
operative The Raw Story
The Raw Story
6 December 2010 ^ "On his Twitter
Twitter
feed, MSNBC
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
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... [The original source was] 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
Luke Harding
"Holocaust denier in charge of handling Moscow cables" The Guardian
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". CounterPunch. ^ Adrian Chen
Adrian Chen
(December 1, 2016). "The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Official website CounterPunch
CounterPunch
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