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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 the senior writer of The Daily Beast, he is the author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party. He has produced several short video reports posted on YouTube, among other websites. He used to work for the progressive organization Media Matters for America.
Life and career 
Max Blumenthal was born in Boston on December 18, 1977, the son of Jacqueline (Jordan) and Sidney Blumenthal, former administration presidential aide to Bill Clinton. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999.
Blumenthal won the Online News Association's Independent Feature Award for his article in Salon.com, Day of the Dead. The piece stated that the killing of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico were connected to the policies of corporative interests in the border city.
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.
In 2008, he interviewed holocaust denier David Irving. In the same year, he posted video footage of Christian preacher Thomas Muthee praying over Sarah Palin (then a candidate for Governor of Alaska) and asking God to keep her safe from witchcraft.
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 Greenberg. Contacted by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Adam Serwer of Mother Jones, Greenberg denied making the statement attributed to her and claimed Blumenthal mischaracterized her remarks.[why?] Blumenthal responded that he quoted Greenberg accurately and speculated that she had been "intimidated by Goldberg and the pro-Israel forces he represents". Serwer denied the allegations, and also noted photos from Blumenthal's article that showed violent actions by campus security officers—at a campus that had never been involved in any personnel visits to Israel, undercutting the implied link between Blumenthal's targets of disdain.
"Feeling the Hate" controversy 
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".
Blumenthal claimed that the video was "banned" from YouTube, Vimeo and the Huffington Post. 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". YouTube said that company policy forbids comment on individual videos, while asserting that its policies are applied "uniformly and not as the result of external pressure".
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. Currently, the video is available on YouTube at 2 links.
Blumenthal says that his book 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 in Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party, that in his view a "culture of personal crisis" has defined the American "radical right".
His book received generally positive reviews. Hendrik Hertzberg, of The New Yorker described the book as a "riveting account of a religio-political subculture that's even weirder than you thought it was", remarking that "Republican Gomorrah is an irresistible combination of anthropology and psychopathology that exerts the queasy fascination of, let's face it, something very like pornography". Rick Perlstein, in the New York Times Book Review gave the work some praise, declaring Blumenthal "a brave and resourceful reporter adept at turning over rocks that public-relations-savvy Christian conservative leaders would prefer remain undisturbed".
- 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
- "Author Bios: Max Blumenthal." The Nation. 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. "Day of the Dead." Salon.com. December 4, 2002.
- "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
- 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.
- 8:45 (2008-07-16). "Max Blumenthal interviews Holocaust denier David Irving". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- 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.
- 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, A Response to Cpl, Jeffrey Goldberg on Greenberg, Israel and Torture, Al-Akhbar, Dec. 7, 2011 
- 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."
- "Feeling the Hate In Jerusalem on Eve of Obama's Cairo Addres". Mojvideo.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- 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 YouTube Byline: TORI CHEIFETZ Edition; Daily Section: News Page: 08 
- "Feel The Hate: The Banned Video". Maxblumenthal.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- 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
- Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party: Amazon Editorial Review
- 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
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