Robert Mackey writes about national and international news through the prism of social media. Before joining The Intercept as a Senior Writer, he was a reporter and columnist for the New York Times, where he anchored the newspaper’s breaking news blog, The Lede, for five years, and wrote a news analysis column, Open Source, from 2014 to 2016. His work is focused on making sense of events through the close reading of firsthand accounts, photographs, and video posted on social networks by witnesses and participants.
His writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Slate, and The Guardian.
As a television producer, he has looked at the role played by soccer hooligans in the war between Serbia and Croatia for Britain’s Channel 4, and spent a year and a half making a series of video letters from refugees for a United Nations-sponsored program broadcast in Sarajevo, Zagreb, and Belgrade during the wars in the former Yugoslavia.
How Jared Kushner Lost at the World Cup in Qatar
Fans from across the Arab world demonstrated support for Palestinians and disdain for Israelis, showing how little Kushner achieved as a peacemaker.
Twitter Allows Russian Officials to Share Antisemitic Cartoon of Zelenskyy
Elon Musk’s Twitter permitted a Russian Embassy account to post a cartoon that echoed Nazi propaganda in its depiction of Ukraine’s Jewish president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
How Housing Activism Powered Kenneth Mejia’s Los Angeles Election Victory
Mejia, a housing justice activist and certified public accountant, was elected controller by channeling the energy of young protesters into electoral politics.
Rupert Murdoch Is Having the Same Problem Dr. Frankenstein Once Faced With His Monster
Murdoch’s conservative media outlets seem to have launched a coordinated effort to nudge Trump off the stage. It is not going well.