Michael Goldfarb (political writer)

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Michael Goldfarb (born June 6, 1980) is an American conservative[1] political writer. He was contributing editor for The Weekly Standard[2] and was a research associate at the Project for the New American Century.[3] During the 2008 presidential race he served as John McCain's deputy communications director.[4] He is a founder of the online conservative magazine The Washington Free Beacon.[1] Goldfarb attracted some online attention for two posts ridiculing liberal bloggers as basement-dwelling Dungeons and Dragons players.[5]

He has a B.A. in history from Princeton University.[6] In an article titled "A Conservative Provocateur, Using a Blowtorch as His Pen," the New York Times called Goldfarb "an all-around anti-liberal provocateur" and said he "has blazed a trail in the new era of campaign finance, in which loosened restrictions have flooded the political world with cash for a whole new array of organizations that operate outside the traditional bounds of the parties."[7]

Accusation of Anti-Semitism against Obama[edit]

As a blogger and deputy communications director for the McCain presidential campaign, Goldfarb told CNN, "The point is that Barack Obama has a long track record of being around anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and anti-American rhetoric."[8]

Asked to be specific, Goldfarb named Rashid Khalidi, a Columbia University professor who once held a fundraiser for Obama, but then refused to cite anyone else. Blogger Andrew Sullivan wrote on The Daily Dish, "Asked to name one other anti-Semite other than his allegation about Rashid Khalidi, he can't. He won't. But he leaves it hanging, refusing to disown or retract the charge. This is pure McCarthyism. And it is the rotten core of McCain."[9]

Beauchamp affair[edit]

While at The Weekly Standard, Goldfarb was the first to raise doubts about the veracity of Scott Beauchamp's then-anonymous Iraq reporting for The New Republic.[10][11]



  1. ^ a b Rutenberg, Jim (February 23, 2013). "A Conservative Provocateur, Using a Blowtorch as His Pen". New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Weekly Standard masthead Retrieved 2011-11-06
  3. ^ "About PNAC" Archived 2011-03-03 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-11-06
  4. ^ Weekly Standard 2 June 2008: (Bumped) Kristol: So long (for a while) to Michael Goldfarb Retrieved 2011-11-06
  5. ^ http://www.theweekdaily.com/article/index/88291/3/3/Politics_new_third_rail_Dungeons_038_Dragons
  6. ^ a b The Phillips Foundation Michael Goldfarb profile Retrieved 2011-11-06 Archived 2008-06-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Ruttenerg, Jim (February 23, 2013) ""A Conservative Provocateur, Using a Blowtorch as His Pen." New York Times. (Retrieved 5-9-2014.
  8. ^ Michael Goldfarb on CNN (October 30, 2008) Footage on YouTube. (Retrieved 5-9-2014.)
  9. ^ Sullivan, Andrew (October 31, 2008) "Pure McCarthyism." The Daily Dish. (Retrieved 5-9-2014.)
  10. ^ Cohen, Patricia (July 28, 2007). "Shedding Pen Name, Private Says He's ‘Baghdad Diarist'". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ Paul McLeary, Paul (August 10, 2007). "Krauthammer, Goldfarb, and Emanuel: Getting the TNR mess wrong on purpose". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  12. ^ Ken Silverstein: Neoconservatives hype a new Cold War, Salon, 5 October 2011

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