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.
Fossil Fuel Apologists Crafted Lies Now Heard on Fox, Blaming Wind Power for Texas Blackouts
Republicans failed to ensure that the Texas power grid could withstand a cold snap, so the party’s broadcast arm recycled lies about wind energy to deflect blame on to Democrats.
Russia Moves to Stifle Dissent After Poisoned Putin Critic Alexey Navalny Is Sentenced
Protesters demanded the release of Navalny, who used a court appearance to warn Russia’s president that he would go down in history as, “Vladimir the Underpants Poisoner.”
John Sullivan, Who Filmed Shooting of Ashli Babbitt in Capitol, Detained on Federal Charges
The enigma of “Activist John.” Why did an anti-Trump protester viewed with suspicion on the left follow Trump’s cult into the Capitol?
Trump Unleashes Mob to Storm Capitol and Disrupt Functioning of U.S. Government
The defeated president called for chaos and his supporters responded by storming the Capitol in Washington, disrupting the counting of electoral votes.