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Philip Weiss is an investigative journalist who has written for The New York Observer[1], The Nation[2] The American Conservative,[3] National Review,[4] Washington Monthly,[5] New York Times Magazine,[6] Esquire,[6] Harper's Magazine,[6] and Jewish World Review.[7] He also wrote the 2004 book American Taboo: A Murder In The Peace Corps. He describes himself as an anti-Zionist and rejects the label "post-Zionist".[8]


Clinton administration

Philip Weiss has published numerous pieces investigating both former President Bill Clinton and his critics regarding the numerous criminal investigations launched during the Clinton administration, such as the Whitewater investigation that pursued the Clintons' former business partners, Jim McDougal and Susan McDougal and the suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster. In early 1997 The New York Times Magazine published a feature story written by Weiss entitled the "Clinton Crazy" about "Clinton haters," which discussed the estimated one hundred influential "Clinton crazies" and their following of millions.[9][10][11]

He published several pieces, for the New York Observer,[1] National Review,[4] among other publications about allegations made by Juanita Broaddrick that she had been raped in 1978 by then Arkansas Governor Clinton. He maintained her accusations required further investigation.

American Taboo (2004)

Weiss is the author of the 2004 book American Taboo: A Murder In The Peace Corps which explores the murder of Deborah Gardner, a young Peace Corps volunteer who was allegedly murdered by one of her colleagues, Dennis Priven, on the Pacific island nation of Tonga. The book insinuates that there was a concerted effort on the part of the Peace Corps to exonerate Mr. Priven and to exculpate itself from responsibility in the death of Ms. Gardner.[12][13]

New York Observer blog (2006–2007)

In early 2006, Weiss began an online political blog, Mondo Weiss, focusing largely on American-Israeli relations, American Jewish life, and the role of the "Israel lobby" in American political and cultural life. According to Weiss, he stopped blogging at the The New York Observer website in spring of 2007 because The Observer had declined to pay him and the paper “was uncomfortable" with his politics. He moved the blog to Weiss wrote at length about his departure in the pages of The American Conservative, detailing the Observer editor's reactions to his columns critiquing Israeli government policies.[14]

2009 Middle East trip

In spring 2009 Weiss traveled to Gaza and joined a Code Pink contingent visiting Gaza where he met with United Nations relief agency, Hamas, International Solidarity Movement representatives and even the New York Times correspondent, all of whom tried to "explain the Gaza experience."[15][16][17][18] He then went to Egypt where he witnessed President Barack Obama speech at Cairo University, 2009.[19][20]

During this period Weiss also released as a "Mondoweiss presentation" on his "Mondoweiss" site a video made by Max Blumenthal displaying "signs of a racist reaction in Israel toward Obama."[21][22][23][24] The controversial video was removed from the Huffington Post site.[25]

External links


  1. ^ a b Philip Weiss, Clinton Accuser Discusses Agonizing Weeks as NBC Dragged It Out, The New York Observer, July 31, 2005.
  2. ^ Philip Weiss directory and bio, The Nation, accessed October 31, 2006
  3. ^ Weiss, Philip, What is Left? What is Right?, The American Conservative, August 28, 2006
  4. ^ a b Weiss, Philip, "Slow Burn: The Broaddrick case takes its toll - allegations of rape by Pres Clinton are made by Juanita Broaddrick", National Review, April 5, 1999
  5. ^ Weiss, Philip, "Hello sweetheart, get me mergers and acquisitions - Putting Yourself on the Line", Washington Monthly, February 1989
  6. ^ a b c Philip Weiss Bio, accessed October 31, 2006
  7. ^ Weiss, Philip, Understanding Hillary, Jewish World Review, December 3, 1999
  8. ^ Philip Weiss, I'm gonna wave my freak flag high (why I say I'm an 'Anti-Zionist,' not a 'Post-Zionist'), Mondoweiss blog, January 10, 2009.
  9. ^ Michael Isikoff, Uncovering Clinton: a reporter's story, Crown Publishers, 113, 1999.
  10. ^ Philip Weiss, Clinton Crazy, New York Times, February 23, 1997.
  11. ^ Philip Weiss, Hillary's Baggage: A Story From My Former Life as a Clinton-Hater, Mondoweiss blog, May 26, 2006.
  12. ^ Janet Maslin, In the Peace Corps, Evil Lurked Along With Noble Intentions and Good Works Review of American Taboo The New York Times, June 21, 2004.
  13. ^ Peter Godwin, A Cold Case Review of American Taboo in The New York Times Book Review, June 27, 2004.
  14. ^ Philip Weiss, Blogging about Israel and Jewish identity raises Observer hackles, The American Conservative, June 4, 2007.
  15. ^ Philip Weiss, Report from Gaza: 'We are a human experiment', TPMCafe, June 8, 2009.
  16. ^ Philip Weiss, Our Meeting with Hamas, TPMCafe, June 2, 2009.
  17. ^ Philip Weiss, Obama, bring an end to the double narrative, Mondoweiss blog, June 4, 2009.
  18. ^ John gboonstra, Blockaded in -- and out of -- Gaza, United Nations Dispatch, May 29, 2009.
  19. ^ Eric Etheridge, Hearing What Obama Said in Cairo, New York Times, June 4, 2009.
  20. ^ Philip Weiss, B+. A stirring speech by the world's president--but nothin' new on Israel/Palestine, TPMCafe, June 4, 2009.
  21. ^ Tori Cheifetz, 'Feel the hate' for Obama, Jerusalem Post, June 10, 2009.
  22. ^ Michael Wolfe, Barack Obama Just Changed the World, Newser, June 5, 09.
  23. ^ Feeling the Hate In Jerusalem on Eve of Obama's Cairo Address, a "Mondoweiss presentation."
  24. ^ Ron Kampeas, Best take so far on Blumen-journalism, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, June 5, 2009.
  25. ^ Max Blumental, by the Huffington Post and Imprisoned By The Past: Why I Made 'Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem', June 8, 2009.


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