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Abe Greenwald

Abe Greenwald

Abe Greenwald is senior editor of Commentary. His work has appeared in various publications, and he is a regular contributor to the Commentary blog.

In the post-November 8 universe, one man’s fake news is another man’s vitally important scoop. The third-most emailed article in today’s New York Times is surely...
Barack Obama

From the February 2017 issue: For all the above reasons, many conservatives were outspoken in opposing engagement with Assad from the start. But this time round,...
fake news

Despite the sudden outrage over fictional election coverage, fake news is old news. The pop-up websites peddling false stories about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump...
russia

In Monday’s New York Times, Peter Baker acknowledges what some of us have known for a long time: Barack Obama’s Middle-East policy has been a...
Radical Islam

According to Barack Obama, “ISIL is not Islamic.” According to the Daily Beast, “reports indicate” that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen “was not that pious a...
Canada

On Wednesday in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canadian prime minister. He wasted no time in announcing his newly chosen cabinet of exactly...
Bansky Dismaland

The artist known as Banksy made recent headlines with a dystopian theme park called “Dismaland.”  He created a deliberately grotesque anti-Disneyland in Somerset, England, complete...
Iran nuclear weapons

A large part of the case against the recent Iran deal is the contention that Iranian leaders cannot be trusted to abide by the deal’s...
Iran nuclear deal

If you think the United States just struck a poor nuclear deal with Iran, you’re right; but if that’s your key takeaway, you’re missing the...
confederate flag controversy

There is no cause so noble it can’t be made ridiculous by 21st-century activism. The Confederate flag debate is fast becoming another chapter in the...
Charleston victims

The late Christopher Hitchens formulated (and forever repeated) a superficially clever challenge to people of faith: “Find one good or noble thing,” he said, “which...

“Mad Men” is off the air. Personally, I bailed out in the second season and never looked back, no matter how many people told me...