Ben Norton

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Ben Norton
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Journalist Ben Norton
OccupationJournalist, writer

Benjamin D. Norton is an American journalist, writer, and musician.[1] Norton's literary work focuses primarily on United States foreign policy, the Middle East, and US politics.


A former freelance journalist, in 2015 he became a political staff writer at Salon, where he reported extensively on the 2016 US presidential campaign, the emails of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and U.S. support in the 2015 war in Yemen.[2]

From late 2016 until early 2018, Norton was a reporter at AlterNet.[3] He wrote for The Grayzone Project, a journalistic initiative founded and edited by journalist Max Blumenthal, which was previously hosted by AlterNet, until AlterNet was purchased by the owner of Raw Story.[4] The Grayzone Project is now independent.[5]

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton jointly host the political podcast Moderate Rebels.[6] On Moderate Rebels they have interviewed guests such as Joseph Massad,[7] Patrick Cockburn,[8] Shehla Rashid,[9] Ali Abunimah,[10] Rania Khalek,[11] and Gareth Porter.[12] Since early 2018, Norton has been a producer and reporter at the Real News Network.[13]

Norton and Blumenthal have co-written several articles,[14] including one in April 2017 wherein they expressed skepticism about the chemical attack that month on Khan Shaykhun in Syria.[15] Previously, Norton had individually signed a statement calling for "an end to the regime change intervention by the United States, NATO and their regional allies and the killing of innocent people in Syria," and defending "the right of the Syrian government to request and accept military assistance from other countries, as even the U.S. government has admitted."[16]

At The Intercept, where he has contributed, Norton published a report with journalist Glenn Greenwald criticizing PropOrNot, a group of anonymous people with no publicly disclosed credentials who compiled a blacklist of news outlets which are said to spread Russian propaganda.[17]

Norton is a regular contributor to the media watchdog organization Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).[18]

Benjamin Norton has appeared as an analyst and commentator on numerous media outlets, including Al Jazeera English,[19][20] Al Jazeera Arabic,[21] Democracy Now,[22] The Real News,[23] Chris Hedges' program On Contact,[24][25] and Lee Camp's show Redacted Tonight.[26] His articles have also appeared in Mondoweiss,[27] Al-Araby Al-Jadeed,[28] Truthout,[29] Middle East Monitor,[30] and more. He blogs at his personal website,[31]


  1. ^ Grossman, Samantha (February 4, 2015). "Taylor Swift Wants to Trademark "This Sick Beat" So Somebody Wrote a Metal Song to Protest It". Time. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ben Norton". Salon. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ben Norton". AlterNet. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Raw Story Partners Announce Acquisition Of And The New Civil Rights Movement". PR Newswire. April 11, 2018. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "About The Grayzone Project". The Grayzone Project. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Moderate Rebels podcast by Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton". Moderate Rebels. Archived from the original on December 28, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Zionism and anti-Semitism: Joseph Massad on the sordid historical alliance (Ep. 9)". Moderate Rebels on SoundCloud. November 17, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Unpacking Syria war propaganda with Patrick Cockburn, from Afrin to Eastern Ghouta (Ep. 15)". Moderate Rebels on SoundCloud. March 22, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "India's specter of fascism: Modi, Hindutva, and anti-Muslim violence, with Shehla Rashid (Ep. 10)". November 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Jerusalem: capital of apartheid, and the Israelgate scandal, with Ali Abunimah (Ep. 11)". Moderate Rebels on SoundCloud. December 14, 2017.
  11. ^ "Syria is not Palestine; anti-Salafism/Wahhabism is not Islamophobia - with Rania Khalek (Ep. 18)". Moderate Rebels on SoundCloud. May 7, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  12. ^ "The sordid history of US proxy war in Syria, with Gareth Porter (Ep. 3)". Moderate Rebels on SoundCloud. August 11, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "Biography on The Real News Network website". The Real News Network. January 26, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  14. ^ Norton, Ben; Blumenthal, Max (January 18, 2017). "Israel Begins Ethnically Cleansing Bedouin Community to Build Jews-Only Town". AlterNet. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  15. ^ Blumenthal, Max; Norton, Ben (April 5, 2017). "Is Trump Rescuing Al-Qaeda's 'Heartland' in Syria?". AlterNet. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  16. ^ "Hands Off Syria Coalition - Points of Unity Statement". Archived from the original on October 21, 2016. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  17. ^ Norton, Ben; Greenwald, Glenn (November 26, 2016). "Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group". The Intercept. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  18. ^ "Ben Norton". Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  19. ^ The Listening Post (October 10, 2015). "Air strikes and media misses". Al Jazeera. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  20. ^ The Listening Post (October 22, 2016). "WikiLeaks: Neutral reporter or political player?". Al Jazeera. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  21. ^ "من واشنطن: معارك اليمن في واشنطن". الجزيرة. November 17, 2017.
  22. ^ "Ben Norton". Democracy Now. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  23. ^ "Ben Norton on The Real News". The Real News. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  24. ^ "The Uncivil War with Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton". On Contact. April 15, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  25. ^ "Real purpose of intel report on Russian hacking with Abby Martin & Ben Norton". On Contact. January 15, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  26. ^ "Journalist Ben Norton On How We're Being Misled Into More War". Redacted Tonight. April 20, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  27. ^ "Ben Norton". Mondoweiss. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  28. ^ "Ben Norton". The New Arab. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  29. ^ "Ben Norton". Truthout. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  30. ^ Norton, Ben (February 20, 2015). "Syrian, Palestinian refugees on hunger strike to protest arbitrary detention by Egypt". Middle East Monitor. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  31. ^ "Journalist Ben Norton - Blog". Retrieved May 1, 2017.

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