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Max Blumenthal

Writer for The Nation, the Huffington Post, Alternet, TAPPED, Salon, Washington Monthly, and a research fellow at the Media Matters for America. Also makes videos; see this for a description. For a 2005 issue, see this.

For an example of how Blumenthal can't seem to write a sentence without lying, see his Tom Tancredo smear which was eviscerated here. That just covers the lies in the first page of a two-pager; I got tired.

In addition to lying, he engages in outlandish race-baiting, such as of a Toby Keith song, or his attempts to smear Sean Hannity, or Samuel Alito. In regards to the latter, instead of going after the man himself, he went after his son.

For another smear and yet another example of his bad reporting, he smeared Sarah Palin using guilt-by-association.

And, there's also his strong support for illegal immigration as evidenced through his feverish attempts to uncover the "anti-immigrant" movement. He's gone as far as supporting high school kids walking out of class in a race-based display of solidarity in support of illegal activity: huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/walkout_b_18016.html

Meanwhile, from his side of the fence, Christopher Hitchens called him a "young skunk who hasn't learned to piss yet" and Marc Cooper called him a "featherweight tyro and designated puncher for enraged but impotent Democrats".

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Andrew Breitbart unintentionally exposes the right (Max Blumenthal confrontation) - 02/21/10

... Andrew Breitbart confronting Max Blumenthal at the recent CPAC event, and Breitbart's performance has received rave reviews [1]. However, the confrontation and the response it's received shows, once again, how much of the rightwing commentariat is just a few steps up from Jerry Springer and profession wrestling: 1. First, as an indication of the low state of that commentariat, I have to point...

Max Blumenthal's bigoted comments about Mormons, Gentiles - 02/04/10

Max Blumenthal is a low-level far-left enforcer of political correctness, frequently calling those to the right of him "racist" in the pages of The Nation and other publications. Now, let's take a look at a couple of interesting items from his Twitter feed (I took screenshots in case either disappears). At 8:40am on 2/2/2010 he tweeted (twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/8548913520): File under...

Max Blumenthal smears tea parties in "Teabagger Tour" video - 09/15/09

Low-wattage smear artist Max Blumenthal offers what he calls "The Unauthorized 9.12 Teabagger Tour", video attached (note the nice Euro touch in the date). I haven't yet watched it, but I'm going to guess that he's cherry-picked the more extreme attendees of the 9/12 Washington DC rally rather than trying to offer some sort of counter-argument to their more valid points; that's what people like...

Sean Hannity smeared by undercover FBI "agent provocateur" (Hal Turner, Max Blumenthal, Amanda Terkel) - 08/21/09

... interestingly, in June 2005, Max Blumenthal offered "Hannity's Soul-Mate of Hate" (thenation.com/doc/20050620/blumenthal) about Turner's supposed past friendship with Sean Hannity. In March 2008, Jason Linkins of the Huffington Post revived that smear here, and in June of this year Amanda Terkel of ThinkProgress did the same. At least in the Linkins case (IIRC), Turner tried to fan the flames on...

Sarah Palin resigning as Alaskan governor; what supporters can do - 07/03/09

... before. UPDATE 2: Here's another example. Max Blumenthal wrote a highly speculative blog post called "Did a Scandal Sink the U.S.S. Palin?" at the Daily Beast [1]. A look at the comments will show that it wasn't swamped by Palin supporters. No doubt very few of her supporters even know that site exists, would know about that posting, would have an account there, would understand the utility of...

Amanda Terkel of ThinkProgress' despicable smear of Sean Hannity - 06/24/09

... original report on this was from Max Blumenthal, not exactly a credible source. Even some readers of the Nation point out how bad Blumenthal's report was (thenation.com/bletters/20050620/blumenthal). UPDATE: Terkel has posted an update: In 2008, Hannity tried to claim that he had never heard of Turner, but eventually said that he had "banned" him from his show 10 years ago. That links to [1]....

Rachel d'Oro/AP's sleazy race-baiting to support Barack Obama - 10/18/08

... Alaska" by, drumroll please, Max Blumenthal (thenation.com/blogs/campaignmatters/371959): Gwen Alexander, the president of the African-American Historical Society of Alaska, told me that Palin stated defiantly that she had no intention to hire any minority staffers. You combine the fact that Blumenthal is known to lie with the fact that no politician in their right mind would make that...

Max Blumenthal/David Neiwert smear Sarah Palin (true guilt-by-association, bad reporting) - 10/09/08

Max Blumenthal - last seen here spinning a fantastic tale - joins with Mr. "white supremacist under every bed" himself, David Neiwert, to offer a smear called "Meet Sarah Palin's radical right-wing pals" (link). Their report was partly funded by the "Nation Institute Investigative Fund", which isn't getting its money's worth. In this campaign we've heard a lot about guilt-by-association, but most...

Doesn't the left realize how embarrassing Max Blumenthal is? (Toby Keith, lynching) - 07/29/08

The latest example of Max Blumenthal's abject stupidity is called "Toby Keith's Pro-Lynching Publicity Tour Hits Colbert, CBS and More" (huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/toby-keiths-pro-lynching_b_115526.html) and concerns the song "Beer For My Horses" which is apparently also a movie. Discussing all the ways it's wrong is left as an exercise (actually, don't bother), but: The terrifying...

Sleazy Jason Linkins smears Sean Hannity (Max Blumenthal) - 03/23/08

... Nation article from known liar Max Blumenthal which only includes one example of statements made by Turner when calling in and which includes a Turner quote from 2003 in which he said, "I had never judged people on their race, not prior to that point" (thenation.com/doc/20050620/blumenthal). Perhaps the Huffington Post should consider the impact that smear attempts from Linkins have on whatever...

Max Blumenthal lies about Tom Tancredo - 12/01/07

Max Blumenthal offers "Tom Tancredo Hired Illegal Laborers to Renovate His McMansion" (alternet.org/story/69391). It's so full of misleading statements and lies it's difficult to know where to begin. However, the title itself contains a lie: Tancredo contracted with Creative Drywall Design of Denver; he didn't hire illegal aliens directly as the title states, the president of that company claims...

The "anti-immigration movement" charted! (Bill O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, VDare...) - 05/09/07

... Suits" [1]. If you read the recent Max Blumenthal interview, you already know what she's going to say and how wrong she is. In fact, she and Son of Sid recently appeared on a panel together [2]. But, unlike Baby Max, she's got visual aids! Her multimedia extravaganza includes a handy chart showing the "movement", ranking them by "politics", "think tanks", "grassroots", and "media" on one axis,...

Max Blumenthal feverishly uncovers the "anti-immigrant" movement - 05/03/07

Max Blumenthal - aka "Son of Sid" - was interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! about the "anti-immigrant" movement with predictable results: ...there are several components of the anti-immigrant movement in this country, and they're all working very closely together. They have a longstanding program to forcibly remove the twelve million undocumented immigrants in this country, and they're...

Have the Democrats turned their backs on the "Immigrant" Rights Movement? - 09/08/06

Or: the curious incident of the pimps in the daytime. The usual pimps (1,2,3, washingtonmonthly. com/archives/individual/2006_04/008713.php,5) are strangely silent on the latest push by illegal aliens to make a show of force and march in our streets demanding rights to which they aren't entitled. Sure, Fatboy was at the Washington DC march, and just last month Luis Gutierrez attended the...

Newest, lowest new low from Huffington Post? - 10/31/05

Baby Blumenthal - son of Submarine Sid and nee "Max" - goes after Alito here. Well, not directly. The Alito he goes after is Judge Alito's son, currently a student at Colgate University. He points out this bit from Phil Alito's biography: ..I was born 9 months and 2 weeks later by a midwife/wolf named Janie Jean, who would prove very influential during my formative years. Shortly after, I became...

Arianna Huffington and Baby Blumenthal - 10/01/05

... goddess' site, a contender must be Max Blumenthal - the son of Sid Blumenthal - called by Marc Cooper a "featherweight tyro and designated puncher for enraged but impotent Democrats" here. There's even a direct connection between Max and Randy. Shortly after the cannibalism charge, Sid Jr. offered "The Right Plays the Race-Card, Randall Robinson Unwittingly Indulges Them". Max stepped in as a...