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.
Joe Biden’s Empty Rhetoric About Hope and History
In 1995, Bill Clinton quoted poet Seamus Heaney to encourage peace in Northern Ireland. Last week, Biden performed a sort of listless political karaoke in Jerusalem.
Saudi Prince Taunts Biden for Caring More About Khashoggi Than Shireen Abu Akleh
Mohammed bin Salman tried to exploit Joe Biden’s failure to condemn Israel for the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh to deflect blame for the Saudi assassination of Jamal Khashoggi.
The End of RoeAbortion Rights Activists Call New Group Leading Protests a Front for a Far-Left Cult
The sudden prominence of Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, a new protest group led by followers of fringe communist theorist Bob Avakian, has alarmed veteran activists.
In Letter to Biden, Shireen Abu Akleh’s Family Demands a Meeting and an End to Israeli Impunity
Exclusive: The family of the Palestinian American journalist gunned down during an Israeli raid wants Biden to meet them face to face during his Middle East trip.