Moderate Rebels Episode 1

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss the Democratic Party’s obsession with Russia, how this fixation is used to prevent progressive change, the lack of evidence for ambiguous accusations of “Russian interference,” and how the neoliberal Resistance™ actively cheers on Trump when he is bombing the Middle East.

Show Notes

Peter Beinart, “Donald Trump’s Defenders on the Left: Why some progressives are minimizing Russia’s election meddling,” The Atlantic, July 23 2017

Max Blumenthal, “‘Maddow’s Dots May Never Connect’: Left-Wing Author Blasts Trump-Russia Narrative,” Tucker Carlson Tonight, July 17 2017

Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, “Intercepted Podcast: Glenn Greenwald on the New Cold War,” The Intercept, July 26 2017

Peter Beinart, “How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration,” The Atlantic, July/August 2017

US empire

Julia Zorthian, Heather Jones, “This Graphic Shows Where U.S. Troops Are Stationed Around the World,” TIME, October 16 2015

David Vine, “The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in HistoryAnd it’s doing us more harm than good,” The Nation, September 14 2015

Russigate and the media

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

Glenn Greenwald, “CNN Journalists Resign: Latest Example of Media Recklessness on the Russia Threat,” The Intercept, June 27 2017

CrowdStrike and DNC

Yasha Levine, “From Russia, with Panic,” The Baffler, March 2017

Atlantic Council and NATO

Ben Norton, “While Turkish Bodyguards Brutalized Protesters, This DC Think Tank Connected Erdogan with Foreign Policy Insiders,” AlterNet’s Grayzone Project, May 19, 2017

French Election and Russia

Associated Press, “France says no trace of Russian hacking Macron,” June 1 2017

CIA and Syria

Ben Norton, “Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda,”, July 27 2017

Ukraine and the Pentagon

Eric Schmitt, Andrew E. Krameraug, “Pentagon and State Department Said to Propose Arming Ukraine,” New York Times, August 1 2017

Jamie Kirchick smears

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