Ari Paul

Ari Paul is a New York-based journalist who has reported for the Nation, the Guardian, the Forward, the Brooklyn Rail, Vice News, In These Times, Jacobin and many other outlets.  Follow him on Twitter: @aripaul


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A tourist reads a copy of The Guardian newspaper in the lobby of a hotel in London, England. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Guardian's Firing of Nathan Robinson Over Israel Joke Highlights Paper's Rightward Drift
The Guardian has fired one of its columnists for its US edition, Nathan Robinson, because Robinson jokingly tweeted about US military aid to Israel. The Guardian’s US editor-in-chief, John Mulholland, charged Robinson with spreading “fake news.” Worse, Mulholland suggested that his columnist was...
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House February 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 11, 2021
The Fawning Coverage of Psaki’s Performance Suggests Some in the Press Have Forgotten That Spin Doctors Are Not on Your Side
One arena of US executive power that the media establishment is glad to have return to its pre-Trump mode is White House press relations, embodied in Joe Biden press secretary Jen Psaki. Former President Donald Trump’s press secretaries, like Sean Spicer with his iffy Holocaust history ( Vox , 4/11...
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Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) speaks at a press conference endorsing New York City Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang on January 14, 2021 in New York City. Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced his candidacy for Mayor of New York City. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Ritchie Torres Rejects AOC's Squad Because He Is Much More at Home With the Democratic Establishment
Corporate media are having a field day with the ascendance of Rep. Ritchie Torres, a Democrat from New York City. The image we see repeated across outlets is that he is a new kind of progressive: a young Black gay man from the Bronx, he stands as an alternative to the rise of democratic socialism...
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The idea of canceling student debt, once championed by Occupy Wall Street and treated as a pipe dream when advocated by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren is now thought to be viable, and progressives are pushing for it. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, December 04, 2020
Critics of Canceling Student Debt Aren’t Afraid It Won’t Work—They’re Afraid It Will
Progressives who have had their doubts about President-elect Joe Biden’s economic policies might get thrown a bone, with Democratic leaders noting that Biden could erase student debt without congressional approval ( CNBC , 11/16/20 ). The idea of canceling student debt, once championed by Occupy...
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams of Georgia addressed supporters at an election watch party on Nov. 6, 2018. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 27, 2020
NPR’s Shameful Comparison of Stacey Abrams to Donald Trump
It’s very likely that Stacey Abrams is not governor of Georgia today because in 2018, she and thousands of the state’s voters were victims of voter suppression that propelled then–Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp into the governor’s office. She wasn’t quiet about this, not just because the...
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"Coverage of Biden’s patriotism tends to center on non-issues," writes Paul, "Saying someone loves their country doesn’t outline a real policy proposal or provide a plan to improve conditions for the average voter." (Photo: Matt Rourke / AP) Views
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Media Praise Biden’s ‘Centrist Coalition’ for Steering Clear of ‘Progressive Demands’
“Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others.” That’s the line that an alien imposter who comes to America to run for president on The Simpsons (10/27/96) came up with after realizing any firm position on reproductive rights would draw some opposition, but a lukewarm compromise coupled...
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School closures have created some of the most trying ordeals for families in this pandemic. (Photo: carl_hfser/flickr) Views
Friday, May 29, 2020
Coverage of School Reopening Needs to Include School Workers
When Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, wrote in the New York Times ( 3/10/20 ) that K–12 school closures might be unnecessary in the fight against Covid-19, because children rarely get sick from exposure, there was a curious omission. Shouldn’t a...
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 According to the CNN report, merely posting a photo of the general could get the Facebook authorities to take a post down. (Photo: Coda/Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Facebook’s Soleimani Ban Flies in Face of First Amendment
Instagram , and its parent company Facebook , took down posts regarded as too sympathetic to Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated January 3 in a controversial US airstrike. The news website Coda ( 1/10/20 ) was credited with breaking the news, and Newsweek ( 1/10/20 ) also reported...
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In a world where it’s fun to hate billionaires, a money-maker who gives to nice causes, hates guns and supports environmentalism is the person who can give capitalism a good name again. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Bloomberg Scandals Don't Bother the Billionaire's Punditry Class Cheerleaders
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s entrance into the crowded presidential race hasn’t caused big changes in polling for the top three Democratic candidates Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. It has, however, brought a number of media cheerleaders for the city’s richest...
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Requiem for a News Channel
Skeptics said it wouldn’t last, and they were right. Al Jazeera America launched in the summer of 2013, a spin-off of the Doha-based channel’s English version to specifically target a United States audience. For the last decade, Al Jazeera had built what some might consider the one of the most...
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