Moderate Rebels episode 8

Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal discuss how the narrative of Russian “hacking” of US politics has gone off the deep end, with supposedly serious news reports on how the Kremlin purportedly used puppy memes and Pokemon to undermine American democracy.

We are joined by journalist Aaron Maté to discuss the madness.

This episode also features an ad for an upcoming documentary film series, “Russia’s Plot to Make America Racist.”

Show Notes


Aaron Maté, “Russiagate Is More Fiction Than Fact“, The Nation, 6 October 2017

Aaron Maté, “MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Sees a ‘Russia Connection’ Lurking Around Every Corner“, The Intercept, 12 April 2017

Timothy Snyder’s historical revisionism

Daniel Lazare, “Timothy Snyder’s Lies“, Jacobin, 9 September 2014

The fascist “double genocide” myth

Ben Norton, “In Flashy New Film, NATO Celebrates Nazi Collaborators Who Murdered Jews in the Holocaust“, AlterNet Grayzone Project, 20 July 2017

Dovid Katz, “The ‘Double Genocide’ Theory“, Jewish Currents, 26 October 2017

Saudi bots supporting Trump

Ben Norton, “‘Trump Will Destroy Iran!’ Saudis Cheer on Anti-Muslim President“, AlterNet Grayzone Project, 8 February 2017

Jamie Kirchick lying and libeling

Ben Norton, “No, they don’t support Trump: Smeared left-wing writers debunk the myth“, Salon, 17 August 2016

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