Max Blumenthal Now Shilling for Putin

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Max Blumenthal, a creepy fellow you may know as Clinton aide Sid Blumenthal’s son who caught some public attention for writing a book that even critics of Israel referred to as a selection of the Hamas Book of the Month Club, is going Full Greenwald.

After an anchorwoman for Putin’s RT propaganda network resigned, Max Blumenthal wrote up an “expose” claiming that “Cold War-Hungry Neocons” were behind it.

By “Cold War-Hungry Neocons”, Blumenthal means James Kirchik, a gay writer for the Daily Beast who was around 9 when the USSR fell.

Apparently a “cadre of neoconservatives” hungry for Cold War and Hot Dogs targeted a propaganda news network that 99 percent of its viewers only encounter while searching for dashcam accidents on YouTube…. “to deepen tensions with Russia.”

Forget invading Crimea. The real tension deepening comes from an on-air resignation.

“With isolated skeptics branded as useful idiots for Putin, the scene has been kept clean of neoconservative fingerprints, obscuring their interest in Wahl’s resignation and the broader push to deepen tensions with Russia,” Blumenthal writes, preemptively defending himself against anyone who might accuse him of shilling for Putin.

So Max Blumenthal, intrepid journalist, went straight to the source. Putin. That is his employees and got the real scoop on Liz Wahl, the anchorwoman, the vast neocon conspiracy to revive the Cold War with an on-air resignation and how much Liz sucked… according to the employees of the propaganda network she resigned from.

According to RT, Wahl was a “deeply disgruntled employee seeking an exit strategy from a job where, sources say, she was disciplined for unprofessional behavior and had been demoted”.

That’s completely atypical of the sort of thing a company would say about an employee who vocally quit. At least they didn’t claim she stole the silverware.

I’m not sure how you can be demoted from reciting Putin’s propaganda on a news network no one watches. Maybe scrubbing Putin’s golden toilet?

More damningly, “Wahl did not return several voice and text messages sent to her cellphone.” A woman didn’t return Max Blumenthal’s voice and text messages? She must be one of those evil Cold War neo-conservatives!

According to Blum, “Kirchick worked for part of 2011 out of Prague for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a media network funded by Congress (formerly backed by the CIA) that functions like the American answer to RT in Russian-aligned Eastern European countries.”

It’s telling that Max Blumenthal compares Radio Liberty to RT, but you can’t really expect much from the author of a Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club worthy tome.

Meanwhile Blumenthal cheerfully litters his piece with bizarre alternate universe Putin propaganda like this.

“Saakashvili adopted a confrontational stance toward Putin. In 2008, his American-trained military briefly intervened in the breakaway Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, then retreated after a crushing defeat at the hands of the Russian military.”

Blumenthal is clearly ready for a gig at RT.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    There is something very wrong with maxie blumenthal.

    His eyes are too close to each other.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2b/Max_Blumenthal_on_RT_America.png/220px-Max_Blumenthal_on_RT_America.png

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It’s that dimwitted smirk you see on 1930′s photos at Hitler rallies.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        I got a laugh from one of your previous rejoinders where you described maxie as being “nazi #2″ from a movie credits roll.

      • No RNC

        I don’t know Dan, you may be bucking a growing awakening about the damage to freedom, death of innocents & Treasury bankruptcy resulting from the Militant Exportation of Democracy as demanded by NeoConservative & P2R or Humanitarian Intervention. IMO these policies have been revealed to be nothing more than reckless militarism & power grabs. I’ve not seen any reporting in the Westren Press that provides as balanced & relatively lengthy discussion on US Foreign Policy than this 2012 video from RT; http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/world-disorder-cold-war/

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          No DNC,

          Better a neo-con than a neo-commie.

          • No RNC

            Better than what/why? Both seem to be pretty damaging to the Republic of America. BTW do you ever discuss anything of content or just throw crap at postings to which you object.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          No DNC,

          We see your neo-commies invading Crimea, annexing it – acting up like their paleo-commie Socialist role models.

          • No RNC

            R U drunk?

          • A Z

            Your point? John McCain is popular known as John McShame. He is a card carrying Republican ESTABLISHMENT type. the Tea Party does not like him.

            The Left does not like him. Only his family and those inside the Beltway like him.

            John McAmnesty does not represent Middle America.

            Try Again

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          http://www.foxnews.com/

          It will shake you out of your socialist stupor.

        • A Z

          Did you mean R2P instead of P2R?

          If you did, then you are off the reservation. R2P (responsibility to protect) was advocated by the mighty Samantha Power. Is there anyone to the left of her and her husband? I think not.

        • Erudite Mavin

          Your link is TV Novosti, the mouth piece of Putin.

          • No RNC

            Looks like the link is to RT…did you watch the video?

        • A Z

          This is from the magazine Counterpunch

          This is the world you are creating by trying to hobble the West. Enjoy. BTW can you repeat the Sunnahs flawlessly? I hope you can. Your life might depend on it in the next 20 years. Like I said enjoy.

          “All this is true. The government is probably killing far more civilians than the rebels. But this may be largely because the government’s means of death and destruction are greater than the opposition’s. The al-Qa’ida type Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isil) recently showed its intentions …

          The jihadi groups that now dominate the armed opposition automatically kill non-Sunnis, who make up some 25 per cent of Syria’s population. In other words, at least five million Syrians have good reason to fear that they will be slaughtered if the rebels win the civil war. In fact, the number is even higher because Isil and other jihadis have a record of killing Sunni Kurds, another 10 per cent of the population, as well as Sunnis who are civilian employees of the government.”

          http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/03/the-nature-of-war-has-changed/

      • No RNC

        I don’t know Dan, you may be bucking a growing awakening about the damage to freedom, death of innocents & Treasury bankruptcy resulting from the Militant Exportation of Democracy as demanded by NeoConservative & P2R or Humanitarian Intervention. IMO these policies have been revealed to be nothing more than reckless militarism & power grabs. I’ve not seen any reporting in the Westren Press that provides as balanced & relatively lengthy discussion on US Foreign Policy than this 2012 video from RT; http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/world-disorder-cold-war/

    • A Z

      I disagree. It is instinctive to dislike the visage of someone who has caused so much harm.

      I had to pull up his father’s, Sid, biography. I am not surprised that Max turned out the way he did. None of us are perfect, but you can you can push your kids hopefully in the right directions instead of the wrong one.

      IMO while Sid is better than his son, he pushed his son in the wrong direction. I wonder if he sleeps at night.

  • http://tinatrent.com/ Tina Trent

    I don’t find it as disturbing as David Horowitz and the editors of Frontpage shilling misogynistic, anti-white hip-hop. Frontpage is literally endorsing pimping women — and in an unsigned article ‘by the editors’ at that.

  • ping

    Leftists were demanding we isolate Russia for months, particularly over feminist hooligans getting jailed and gay rights issues.

  • Edmund burke326

    US national debt as a percentage of GDP is around 101%, Russia’s is 10%. Clearly you would need to a gay neocon to support an economic war at a time of severe downturn, started by America’s own sub-prime loans sold to British banks just to wreck our economy.

  • Dash Riprock

    Sidney Blumenthal’s little boy can die in a fire for all I care, but what part of his description of the S. Ossetia affair is “bizarre?”

  • Hard Little Machine

    He’s too insane for RT. He needs to work at PressTV or Hamas or Veterans Today.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Veterans Todaay is almost too perfect