This article is about the newsletter. For other uses, see 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
began as a newsletter, established in 1994 by the Washington, D.C.
-based investigative reporter Ken Silverstein
He was soon joined by Alexander Cockburn
and then Jeffrey St. Clair
, who became the publication's 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
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
During the 2016 presidential election, CounterPunch
published a piece by "Alice Donovan",
who purported to be a freelance writer but who US intelligence officials allege is pseudonymous employee of the Russian government.
Donovan was tracked by the FBI
for nine months.
In late November 2017, after CounterPunch had published several more pieces by "Donovan", The Washington Post
contacted Jeffrey St. Clair about her. The co-editor said that Donovan's pitches did not stand out amongst the pitches that CounterPunch
and began making inquiries. He asked Donovan to substantiate her identity by sending a photo of her driving license but she did not.
On the same day The Washington Post
article was published on Donovan, St. Clair and Frank published a piece stating that CounterPunch
only ran one article by Alice Donovan during the 2016 election, which was on cyber-breaches of medical databases. Donovan was also exposed by the newsletter as a serial plagiarizer.
In another follow-up article St. Clair and Frank exposed a network of alleged trolls that operated a site called Inside Syria Media Center promoting 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.
Journalist Diana Johnstone
expressed concerns about what she called CounterPunch's smearing of activists in a Consortium News
article titled "Antifa or Antiwar: Leftist Exclusionism Against the Quest for Peace".
In 2003, 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
a "political newsletter",
and a "muckraking newsletter".
In 2016, Adrian Chen
of The New Yorker
a "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 Moynihan, Michael (December 7, 2010). "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 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, 2016
- ^ a b Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank (December 25, 2017). "Go Ask Alice: the Curious Case of "Alice Donovan"". CounterPunch. Retrieved January 6, 2018. In sum, we published five stories by Donovan. One was apolitical. Four could be considered critiques of US foreign policy during the Trump administration. None mentioned Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, the 2016 elections, Wikileaks or Julian Assange.
- ^ a b c d 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 (January 5, 2018). "Ghosts in the Propaganda Machine". CounterPunch. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
- ^ Diana Johnstone (May 21, 2018). "Antifa or Antiwar: Leftist Exclusionism Against the Quest for Peace". consortiumnews.com.
- ^ Christopher Reed (March 2, 2003). "Battle of the bottle divides columnists". The Observer.
- ^ Boot, Max (March 11, 2004). "The Fringe Fires at Bush on Iraq". LATIMes.
- ^ 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 (2013-12-12). "The Anti-Semitic Stench of Pink Floyd". The Observer. 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.
- ^ Adrian Chen (December 1, 2016). "The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
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