Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Russiagate Skeptics

Below a list of journalists, commentators etc & media organizations who never succumbed to Russiagate --the conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to hack and distribute the DNC & Podesta emails-- and who remained rationally skeptical throughout.
The list is in somewhat random order, at least in the sense that if one person is ranked lower than another this does not necessarily mean they were a less good or a less important or impactful skeptic.

Also, the list only includes people who have produced some content on Russiagate --e.g. articles, podcast, extensive Twitter research--, who have at least 2,000 Twitter followers (when applicable), and who have been skeptical for more than a year.

Lastly, I've tried to exclude as much as possible rabid partisan hacks (think Sean Hannity) as well as people who see conspiracies everywhere (think Alex Jones), when their correct views on this topic were not the result of reasonable skepticism but more of the 'broken clock is right twice a day' kind. These are of course judgement calls on my part that people may reasonably disagree with.

  1. Aaron Mate @aaronjmate
  2. Michael Tracey @mtracey
  3. Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald
  4. The late Robert Parry @consortiumnews
  5. Scott Horton @scotthortonshow
  6. Stephen Cohen
  7. Richard Sakwa
  8. Gareth Porter @garethporter
  9. Julian Assange @julianassange
  10. Mollie Hemingway @mzhemingway
  11. Max Blumenthal @maxblumenthal
  12. Rand Paul @randpaul
  13. Ron Paul @ronpaul
  14. Kyle Kulinski @kylekulinski
  15. Robert Barnes @barnes_law
  16. Yasha Levine @yashalevine
  17. Daniel McAdams @daniellmcadams
  18. Stephen Kinzer @stephenkinzer
  19. Justin Raimondo @justinraimondo
  20. Caitlin Johnstone @caitoz
  21. Peter Hitchens @clarkemicah
  22. Thomas Woods @ThomasEWoods
  23. Patrick Buchanan @patrickbuchanan
  24. Stephen McIntyre @climateaudit
  25. Paul Jay @PaulJay_TRNN
  26. Jeffrey St. Clair @jsccounterpunc 
  27. Jimmy Dore @jimmydore
  28. Elizabeth Lea Vos @elizabethleavos
  29. Seymour Hersh @seymourhersh
  30. Noam Chomsky
  31. A. Tsygankov
  32. Dominic Basulto @DominicBasulto
  33. Patrick Lawrence @thefloutist
  34. Matt Taibbi @mtaibbi
  35. John Kiriakou @JohnKiriakou 
  36. Lee Camp @LeeCamp
  37. Philip Giraldi @philipgiraldi
  38. Oliver Stone @theoliverstone
  39. Will Porter @wkpancap
  40. Lucy Komisar @LucyKomisar
  41. Alex Krainer @NakedHedgie
  42. Mike Whitney
  43. Andrew Cockburn @andrewmcockburn
  44. David Stockman @DA_Stockman
  45. Tom Luongo @tfl1728
  46. Alan R. Macleod @AlanRMacLeod
  47. Joanne Leon @joanneleon
  48. Dan Wright @aroundtheempire
  49. Jim Kavanagh @ThePolemicist_
  50. Gregg Jarrett @GregJarrett
  51. Tim Shorrock @timothys
  52. Bryan MacDonald @27khv
  53. Andrew McCarthy @andrewcmccarthy
  54. Abbie Martin @AbbyMartin
  55. Robbie Martin @fluorescentgrey
  56. Tim Black @realtimblack
  57. Lou Dobbs @LouDobbs
  58. James Carden
  59. Norman Solomon @NormanSolomon
  60. Dana Rohrabacher @DanaRohrabacher
  61. Ray McGovern @raymcgovern
  62. Mary Dejevsky @marydejevsky
  63. ‘Moon of Alabama’ @moonofa
  64. Tucker Carlson @tuckercarlson
  65. Dan Cohen @DanCohen3000
  66. Katrina vandenHeuvel @KatrinaNation
  67. Lee Smith @LeeSmithDC
  68. Craig Murray @craigmurrayorg
  69. Scott Adams @ScottAdamsSays 
  70. Ali Abunimah @AliAbunimah
  71. Mark Ames @MarkAmesExiled 
  72. Margot Cleveland @ProfMJCleveland 
  73. Chris Hedges @ChrisLynnHedges 
  74. Kim Strassel @KimStrassel 
  75. John W. Huber @JohnWHuber
  76. Dan Bongino @dbongino
  77. John Solomon @jsolomonReports
  78. Chuck Ross @ChuckRossDC
  79. 'The Last Refuge' @TheLastRefuge2
  80. Devin Nunes @DevinNunes 
  81. Byron York @ByronYork 
  82. Sean Davis @seanmdav
  83. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
  84. Rania Khalek @RaniaKhalek 
  85. George Szamuely @GeorgeSzamuely
  86. Ben Norton @BenjaminNorton
  87. Jordan Chariton @jordanchariton
  88. Patrick Lawrence @thefloutist
  89. Rosie memos @almostjingo
  90. @techno_fog
  91. Joe Lauria @unjoe
  92. Leonid Bershidsky @Bershidsky
  93. Neil Clark @NeilClark66
  94. Dennis Bernstein 
  95. Kevin Shipp @kevin_shipp
  96. Paul Craig Roberts 
  97. Tara McCormack @Mccormack_tara
  98. Adam Johnson @adamjohnsonnyc
  99. Jack Posobiec @JackPosobiec
  100. Jeff Carlson @themarketswork
  101. Walker Bragman @walkerbragman
  102. Mark McCarthy
  103. Sharyl Attkisson @SharylAttkisson
  104. Victor Davis Hanson @VDHanson
  105. The Saker https://thesaker.is/ 
  106. Jason Beale @jabeale
  107. Paul Sperry @paulsperry_ 
  108. Adam Carter @with_integrity 
  109. Mike Cernovich @Cernovich
  110. Sara Carter @SaraCarterDC
  111. Tom Fitton @TomFitton
  112. Katie Halper @kthalps 
  113. Luke Rosiak @lukerosiak
  114. Pat Lang 
  115. Kit Klarenberg @KitKlarenberg 
  116. Garland Nixon @GarlandNixon
  117. Lee Stranahan @stranahan 
  118. John Steppling @JohnSteppling
  119. Eoin Higgins @EoinHiggins_ 
  120. Brian Becker @BrianBeckerDC 
  121. Jeffrey Carr @JeffreyCarr
  122. Michael Krieger @libertyblitz 
  123. the late William Blum http://williamblum.org 
  124. Jeremy Scahill @jeremyscahill 
  125. Peter B. Collins http://peterbcollins.com 
  126. T. A. Frank @tafrank 
  127. Shannon @Avery1776
  128. Carroll Quigley @CarrollQuigley1
  129. E. C. Everett @ECEverett1
  130. 'Based Basterd' @BasedBasterd 
  131. Jenn @JennElizabethJ
  132. 'Ghost of Daniel Parker' @SeekerOTL
  133. 'BenKTallmadge' @BenKTallmadge
  134. Brian Cates @drawandstrike
  135. Cassandra Fairbanks @CassandraRules
  136. An0maly @LegendaryEnergy
  137. Doug Johnson Hatlem @djjohnso
  138. Stef Zamorano @miserablelib
  139. Ron Placone @ronplacone
  140. Margaret Kimberley @freedomrideblog
  141. Glen Ford @glenfordbar
  142. Bruce Dixon @brucedixon 
  143. Tracy Beanz @tracybeanz 
  144. Ian56 @ian56789
  145. Gordon Dimmack @gordondimmack
  146. Bill Binney
  147. Gilbert Doctorow 
  148. Guy Mettan @GuyMettan
  149. Teodrose Fikre @TeodroseFikre 
  150. Piers Robinson @PiersRobinson1
  151. Pepe Escobar 
  152. Jack Matlock
  153. John J. Mearsheimer
  154. Sam Husseini
Media Organizations
  1. Scott Horton Show 
  2. Consortium News 
  3. Around the Empire 
  4. The Jimmy Dore Show The Jimmy Dore Show
  5. Spiked 
  6. Citations Needed 
  7. The Real News 
  8. The Liberty Report 
  9. The Nation @TheNation
  10. Part of the Problem @comicdavesmith 
  11. AntiWar.com 
  12. The Federalist @FDRLST
  13. Wikileaks @wikileaks 
  14. American Conservative AmericanConservative.com
  15. The Unz Review Unz.com
  16. Naked Capitalism Naked Capitalism
  17. Zero Hedge Zero Hedge 
  18. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting @FAIRMediaWatch
  19. Humanist Report @humanistreport
  20. LewRockwell.com 
  21. Counterpunch 
  22. Media Roots 
  23. The Grayzone @GrayzoneProject
  24. Crowdsource the Truth @csthetruth
  25. World Socialist Web Site 
  26. Foreign Policy Focus 
  27. Disobedient Media 
  28. CrossTalk @PLCROSSTALK 
  29. Black Agenda Report @blkagendareport 
  30. Unauthorized Disclosure 
  31. Mint Press News @mintpressnews
  32. 21st Century Wire @21WIRE


  1. i should be on there https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/06/have-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been-a-secret-agent-of-vladimir-putin/

  2. Thanks for including me and the Black Agenda Report team. I respectfully request that you add Garland Nixon, @garlandnixon, co-host of Fault Lines on Sputnik. He definitely deserves to be included.
    Also, you may want to reconsider Paul Jay of The Real News. In general he has good politics and I like The Real News but he was on board the Russiagate train.
    Margaret Kimberley

    1. added, thanks.

      re Paul Jay: he was maybe not as deeply skeptical and comprehensive as Aaron Mate, but I would not say he was on board of the Russiagate train, and has been expressing skepticism for over a year, although his skepticism seems to be focused on the whole climate of Russophobia and the New Cold War. He still is not sure the Russians interfered in the election and while he was open to the possibility there was collusion (and he mentions the Trump Tower meeting as an example of the Trump team being open to colluding with Russia) he emphasized there is not enough evidence at the moment. See eg https://therealnews.com/stories/russophobia-and-the-mueller-investigation

    2. Thank you for adding Garland Nixon.

  3. Please add theduran.com as well as their editors and contributers Akexander Mercouris, Alex Christoforou and Peter Lavelle

  4. Correction: It's "Alexander Mercouris" of course