Blumenthal on RT America on 8 December 2011
December 18, 1977 |
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
|Occupation||Journalist, blogger, filmmaker|
|Relatives||Sidney Blumenthal (father), Jacqueline Jordan (mother)|
Max Blumenthal (born December 18, 1977) is an American author, journalist, and blogger. Formerly a writer for The Daily Beast and Al Akhbar, he is the author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party (2009). and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (2013).
Blumenthal won the Online News Association's Independent Feature Award for his 2002 article on Salon.com, Day of the Dead. The piece stated that the killing of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico was connected to the policies of corporate interests in the border city. Blumenthal contributed to The Huffington Post from 2009 to 2011.
In 2011, Blumenthal wrote a story claiming that Israeli forces trained American police departments in anti-protester techniques, including torture, quoting Fordham University Law Professor Karen Joy Greenberg. Contacted by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Adam Serwer of Mother Jones, Greenberg told Goldberg that "I never made such a statement", while she told Serwer "I did not intend to assert these allegations as fact…the entire sense of the quote is inaccurate." Blumenthal responded that he quoted Greenberg accurately and speculated that she had been "intimidated by Goldberg and the pro-Israel forces he represents".
Blumenthal joined Lebanon's Al Akhbar in late 2011 primarily to write about Israel-Palestine issues and foreign-policy debates in Washington, noting on leaving in mid-2012 in protest of its coverage of the Syrian civil war that it "gave me more latitude than any paper in the United States to write about ... Israel and Palestine". He ended his association with Al Akhbar in June 2012, over what he viewed as the newspaper's pro-Assad editorial line during the Syrian uprising that he said was spearheaded by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb.
Blumenthal made a short video which he titled Generation Chickenhawk. It featured interviews with convention attendees at the July 2007 College Republican National Convention in Washington, D.C. Blumenthal asked why they, as Iraq War supporters, had not enlisted in the United States Armed Forces. In 2007, Blumenthal made a short video called Rapture Ready, about American Christian fundamentalists' support for the State of Israel. He also attended the June 2007 Take Back America Conference (sponsored by the Campaign for America's Future), where he interviewed Barack Obama supporters and 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Blumenthal says that conference organizers were angered by Blumenthal's video, and refused to air it.
"Feeling the Hate" (2009)
In 2009, Max Blumenthal posted a short video on YouTube titled "Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem on the Eve of Obama's Cairo Address". The video was a montage of footage of drunken Jewish-American youth in Jerusalem in June 2009, shortly before Obama's Cairo address. The youths used expletives and racist rhetoric about Barack Obama and Arabs, which included referring to Obama as a nigger and suggesting that he is "like a terrorist". According to The Jerusalem Post, the video "garnered massive exposure and caused a firestorm in the media and the Jewish world". Haaretz described the video as "an overnight Internet sensation".
The Huffington Post publicly stated that after reviewing the video, they found it lacked any newsworthy content and had no merits to be included on the site. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency quoted Blumenthal as stating: "I won’t ascribe motives to Youtube I am unable to confirm, but it is clear there is an active campaign by right-wing Jewish elements to suppress the video by filing a flood of complaints with Youtube".
Blumenthal stated he received death threats for his publication of the video. He identifies the radicalism of the interviewees with the "indoctrination" of Birthright Israel tours, a program in which several of the interviewees were participating.
Blumenthal says that the 2009 book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party is inspired by the work of psychologist Erich Fromm, who asserted that "the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings." Blumenthal says that in his view a "culture of personal crisis" has defined the American "radical right".
He released the book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel in 2013. In the preface to the book, Blumenthal wrote that it is "Americans’ tax dollars and political support that are crucial in sustaining the present state of affairs" in Israel and that, in the book, he wanted to show what that money is paying for and to present the facts, using the same journalistic methods used in his previous book, Republican Gomorrah, "as they really are today, in unadorned and unsanitized form, without sentimentality or nostalgia." An article in The Forward magazine appearing shortly after the book was published, in covering responses to one of the rare critiques of the book which appeared in print, reported that "outside the far-left and anti-Israel blogosphere, 'Goliath' has been ignored."
- Max Blumenthal (2009): Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party New York. Nation Books. ISBN 978-1568583983
- Max Blumenthal (2013): Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. New York: Nation Books. ISBN 978-1568586342
- Begala, Paul. "Commentary: Obama Lucky With His Enemies." CNN.com September 10, 2009.
- Blumenthal, Max. Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party. New York: Nation Books, 2009. ISBN 1-56858-398-2
- The Nation, Max Blumenthal." No date. Accessed 2009-09-12
- "Max Blumenthal." The Huffington Post. No date. Accessed 2009-09-12
- "Dershowitz warns Democrats to drop Media Matters" Fox news February 13, 2012. Accessed 2012-05-23
- "Getting rid of census survey is wasteful" CNN May 23, 2012. Accessed 2012-05-23
- "Max Blumenthal". The Investigative Fund. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- Blumenthal, Max. Salon.com. December 4, 2002. "Day of the Dead."
- "Neighborhood Briefing." Arizona Daily Star. September 17, 2004.
- Mandell, Jonathan. "Why Awards Matter." 2003 ONA Conference Participant's Blog. November 15, 2003. Accessed 2009-09-12
- The Huffington Post, Max Blumenthal
- How Israeli Occupation Forces, Bahraini Monarchy Guards Trained U.S. Police For Coordinated Crackdown On “Occupy” Protests, The Exiled, Dec. 2, 2011 
- Jeffrey Goldberg, Did Israel Train American Interrogators in Torture? (UPDATED), The Atlantic, Dec. 7, 2011 
- Adam Serwer: Is Israel Responsible For The Occupy Crackdowns? In: Mother Jones. December 7, 2011
- Max Blumenthal, Al-Akhbar, Dec. 7, 2011 A Response to Cpl, Jeffrey Goldberg on Greenberg, Israel and Torture
- Max Blumenthal and Mark Ames, Max Blumenthal Responds To Sleaze Campaign Waged By Atlantic Monthly’s Ex-Detention Camp Guard Jeffrey Goldberg…And Why The Atlantic Monthly’s Sleaze Reminds Us Of Putin’s Russia…, 7 December 2011 with undated Updates.
- The Real News, 22 June 2012, Max Blumenthal Resigns Al Akhbar Over Syria Coverage
- Blumenthal, Max (20 June 2012). "The right to resist is universal: A farewell to Al Akhbar and Assad's apologists". MaxBlumenthal.com. Retrieved 9 July 2012. "I was forced to conclude that unless I was prepared to spend endless stores of energy jousting with Assad apologists, I was merely providing them cover by keeping my name and reputation associated with Al Akhbar."
- Treiman, Daniel. "Max Blumenthal, Scourge of Conservative Conferences." The Forward. August 10, 2007.
- Greenwald, Glenn. "The Weekly Standard's '9/11 Generation'." Salon.com. July 23, 2007. Accessed 2009-09-12.
- LaSalle, Mick. "Maximum Strength Mick." San Francisco Chronicle. July 19, 2007.
- Rossmeier, Vincent. "Palin's Pastor (and Witches) Problem." Salon.com. September 26, 2008; Burke, Garance. "Palin Once Blessed Against 'Witchcraft'." Associated Press. September 25, 2008.
- Burston, Bradley (2009-06-12). "Loving Israel by hating Obama - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- Jerusalem Post 06-09-2009 Headline: Young Americans in Jerusalem 'feel the hate' for Obama. Video featuring obscene condemnations of US president draws over 200,000 viewers on YouTubeB yline: TORI CHEIFETZ Edition; Daily Section: News Page: 08 
- June 19, 2009 (2009-06-19). "YouTube removes Blumenthal video | JTA - Jewish & Israel News". JTA. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- Hartman, Benjamin L. (2009-06-14). "Filmmaker behind 'drunk Jews' video denies fueling anti-Semitism - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- BuzzFlash.com's Review of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party
- Nina Burleigh (29 October 2013) Goliath vs. Goliath: Blumenthal Book Is Right About Israeli Myopia, but Naive on Islamists New York Observer
- Blumenthal, Max (2013). Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. New York: Nation Books. ISBN 978-1568586342.
- J.J. Goldberg (October 31, 2013). "Max Blumenthal's 'Goliath' Is Anti-Israel Book That Makes Even Anti-Zionists Blush". Forward: The Jewish Daily. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- Blumenthal's website
- Max Blumenthal Interview November 2009 on Robert W. McChesney's Media Matters
- Story Archive at AlterNet
- Blog Archive at The Huffington Post
- NPR Audio Interview with Max Blumenthal + Book Excerpt
- Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party by Max Blumenthal - report at Democracy Now!
- Republican Gomorrah discussion at Berkeley Arts and Letters, September 2009
- Max Blumenthal Interview January 2014, Joshua Frank/Counterpunch, about Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel and the reactions to it
Video reports by Blumenthal
- CPAC: The Unauthorized Documentary & Part Deux: Conflicted Conservatives In Crisis
- Generation Chickenhawk: The Unauthorized College Republican Convention Tour
- Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour
- Theocracy Now!: The 2007 Value Voters Summit
- "Get the Government Out of My Social Security!": Inside the 9/12 Teabagger Rally