Stories by Alexander Zaitchik

Alexander Zaitchik is a Brooklyn-based freelance journalist and AlterNet contributing writer. His book, Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance, is published by Wiley & Sons. subscribe to Alexander Zaitchik's feed

Posted on: Jan 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Cultural panic over pollution in the sky and changing weather patterns has given rise to a peculiar conspiracy theory about jet plane exhaust.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A new wave of progressive Jewish activists are challenging the dominance of AIPAC and other hawkish groups on Gaza, Israeli settlers and even Iran.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Obama was frank about his own drug use, so why isn't he more honest about what a disaster war on drugs has been?

Posted on: Dec 15, 2008, Source: AlterNet

There’s no way around it: nuclear weapons are scary. Will fear drive Americans away from Obama’s arms control agenda?

Posted on: Dec 3, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Among the big losers in November were the NRA and the myth of the once-feared "NRA Voter." Reform of our gun laws is on the way.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A huge coalition of progressive and union forces is gearing up for political battle on the health care front.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Obama has picked too many failures who are in the process of recalibrating everything they've ever believed.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Voters rejected right-wing attacks on reproductive and labor rights in California, Colorado and South Dakota.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2008, Source: AlterNet

It must come as a surprise to the Republicans that the public favors Obama's style of wealth spreading by a whopping margin.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Minnesota GOP senator Norm Coleman has engaged in McCain-style smear efforts against Franken, and is paying the price in the polls.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Like most people I know in their 20s and 30s, it takes a stretch of the imagination to understand that I have a stake in the national economy.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Why is everyone from John McCain to Barack Obama in favor of a plan that could launch a new nuclear arms race?

Posted on: Jun 2, 2008, Source: AlterNet

With key medical marijuana ballot initiatives likely to pass, and a more pot-friendly majority in Congress, there is room for optimism.

Posted on: May 26, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Barr emerges as the Libertarian nominee, and he's already positioning to ride on Ron Paul's popular wave of conservative dissatisfaction.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Daniel Radosh takes readers on a trip to the parallel universe of Christian pop culture -- be prepared for a very weird, tame ride.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The Dem senator is an advocate for Bush's domestic spying efforts and cheerleader for telecom immunity: Is he a clownish dupe, or is his brain addled?

Posted on: Jan 7, 2008, Source: AlterNet

It isn't Huckabee's Iowa win that's packing events in N.H. -- it's the promise of seeing B-movie tough guy Chuck Norris.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The new 'Beowulf' flick combines a bizarre mix of homoerotic imagery, locker room machismo and total carnage.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The overblown "controversies" over John Edwards' $400 haircut, hedge fund work and real estate dealings are largely the product of one reporter at the <i>Washington Post</i> who hides his grudges behind "fair and balanced" journalism.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2007, Source: The eXile

By hyping the so-called first massive cyberstrike by a superpower on a tiny, defenseless neighbor, the Western media have played into a sleazy Estonian PR stunt, designed to deflect the world's attention from the country's mistreatment of its Russian-speaking minority.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2007, Source: SPLC Intelligence Report

A grassroots movement is forming in which anti-immigrant rhetoric dovetails with the odes to God and country that have long constituted conservative evangelical boilerplate.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The Doomsday Clock now stands at five minutes to 12. Here's how the 110th Congress can start pushing the minute-hand back.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Key Democrats including Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha and Ted Kennedy have spoken out against increased defense spending and troop escalation. Will they back up their words with actions?

Posted on: Dec 3, 2006, Source: AlterNet

After a study revealed that less than 10 percent of evangelicals were Bible literate, James Dobson's Focus on the Family is desperately taking a two-day multimedia Bible boot camp on the road, selling "truth" for $179 a seat.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2006, Source: SPLC Intelligence Report

Across America, right-wing radicals are running for everything from national political office to a county mosquito control board.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2006, Source: SPLC Intelligence Report

Pat Buchanan's latest book is a white nationalist rant -- but that hasn't stopped it from climbing the best-seller charts.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2004, Source: New York Press

Can the greening of the GOP base happen fast enough to derail the party's scorched-earth plans for Bush II?

Posted on: Dec 7, 2000, Source: Freezerbox

CNNi, the cable channel for the international consuming class, forces the Brave New Economy down viewers throats while posing half-heartedly as news.