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.
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Journalists covering the temporary detention of anti-vaccine tennis star Novak Djokovic in Australia drew attention to the suffering of refugees detained in the same facility.
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Mask-wearing on planes reduces the risk of Covid infection, but in airports every traveler is still required to remove their mask during security screening.
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It’s not often that a White House press secretary’s faux pas prompts a policy change, but when Psaki scoffed at the idea of sending Americans free rapid tests, she hit a nerve.
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Donald Trump has declined three times in the past year to try to save the lives of his fans by having himself photographed getting vaccinated against Covid-19.