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Blogger Profile: Jon Schwarz

Jon Schwarz is editor of MichaelMoore.com and was research producer for 'Capitalism: A Love Story.' He's also written for the New Yorker, New York Times, Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Slate, Mother Jones, Esquire, and the Village Voice; contributed material for Saturday Night Live and National Public Radio; and appeared in many anthologies, including Fierce Pajamas, a collection of the best humor from the first 75 years of the New Yorker.

He made and collected on a $1000 bet that Iraq had no WMD.

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Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

February 16th, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About U.S. Foreign Policy in One Short Paragraph

This is from the March 10, 1919 diary entry of Cary Grayson, Woodrow Wilson's personal doctor: …the President said…that if the present government of Germany is recognizing the soldiers and workers councils, it is delivering itself into the hands of the bolshevists [sic]. He said the American negro returning from ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

January 14th, 2014

Wendell Potter on 'Obamacare: What's in It for Me?'

Get Wendell Potter's new ebook 'Obamacare: What's in It for Me?'Michael Moore has called Wendell Potter "the Daniel Ellsberg of corporate America." In 2008 Potter walked away from a lucrative 20-year career at the top of public relations for CIGNA and other insurance companies to pull back the curtain on ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

January 4th, 2014

Michael Hirsh Aims at Edward Snowden, Accidentally Blows Off Own Leg

One of the most surprising things about members of the U.S political establishment is that they often don't know anything about anything. You'd think they would, in the same way you assume your doctor knows where your spleen is. But in many cases they're unfamiliar with the most basic facts ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

January 3rd, 2014

Snowden Accuser Gordon G. Chang Works for Think Tank Run by Notorious Liars

Gordon G. Chang, currently seen in the Daily Beast claiming Edward Snowden had "high-level contact" with Chinese officials while in Hong Kong, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute. That's notable because the main people who run Gatestone are John Bolton (chairman) and Amir Taheri (chairman, Gatestone Europe), ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

December 17th, 2013

Has Morley Safer Ever Told John Miller This Story?: "Look, If You Think Any American Official Is Going to Tell You the Truth, Then You're Stupid"

Everyone who watched John Miller's 60 Minutes segment on the NSA should follow it up with this story involving Morley Safer—who, at 82 years old, is still a correspondent at 60 Minutes: In August, 1965 Safer appeared in what became one of most famous TV segments of the Vietnam War, ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

November 23rd, 2013

FYI: The Case of David Miranda Shows Everything We Say About Supporting Free Speech Is Garbage

I've always loved the First Amendment, it's my favorite constitutional amendment of them all. (Close behind is the Third, which forbids the government from quartering soldiers in our homes.) So it makes me feel great when top U.S. officials talk about how much America supports free speech. As Obama told ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

November 21st, 2013

Wow, 2013 Samantha Power Was Just EXCORIATED by 2003 Samantha Power

This is what Samantha Power, now U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said today when asked whether the U.S. owes Afghans any kind of apology: POWER: We have nothing to apologize for. Our soldiers have sacrificed a great deal. This is what Power said at her confirmation hearings earlier this ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

November 17th, 2013

As I.F. Stone Said, All Timothy Geithners Lie

Here's Timonthy Geithner last January, at the end of his time in office as Treasury Secretary: Another fiction that has plagued Geithner is the idea that he is a creature of Wall Street...Geithner says it’s “extremely unlikely” he will take a job in the world of finance, but the idea ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

November 10th, 2013

Mark Dubowitz Is an Object Lesson in Where Bigotry Comes From

Mark Dubowitz is the director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a think tank which was "founded by a group of former U.S. officials and visionary philanthropists shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001 to help free nations defend themselves." Right now Dubowitz is defending America by ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

October 22nd, 2013

George W. Bush's Ass-Based Foreign Policy

George W. Bush's foreign policy was many things, but first and foremost, it was about asses. So it's no surprise an anonymous senior Bush administration official is now saying this: "The only reason we went into Iraq, I tell people now, is we were looking for somebody’s ass to kick. ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

October 16th, 2013

My Skin in the Game: How Ted Cruz and the Right Want to Help Cancer Kill Me, and Maybe You

There are lots of studies about how many people die in the U.S. because they don't have health insurance. What no one ever talks about (except in 'SiCKO') and has never been counted, is how many people die because they have bad insurance – insurance with deductibles or co-pays so ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

July 20th, 2013

Conservatives Grow the Same No Matter Where They're Planted

Imagine you were Iraqi and had the right personality to join Saddam's military in 1985, just before it engaged in actual genocide against other Iraqis, and rise through the ranks for 18 years until, by the time the U.S. invaded in 2003, you were a lieutenant colonel. But then suddenly ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

July 13th, 2013

Coincidence

This is White House Press Secretary Jay Carney yesterday talking about Edward Snowden: CARNEY: We have a history of effective law enforcement cooperation with Russia, with the Russian government, including very recently in the wake of the bombings in Boston at the Boston Marathon, and that through those channels and ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

July 3rd, 2013

A Look Back at Obama's 2009 Words to Latin America

After the U.S. demanded that France, Spain, Italy and Portugal close their airspace to the plane of Bolivian president Evo Morales, it's worth taking a look back at what Obama said at the April, 2009 Summit of the Americas in his first major address to the people and leaders of ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

June 5th, 2013

Let's Send Tony Blair and the Woolwich Killer to Debate Extremism on Mars

After Michael Adebolajo decapitated Lee Rigby on May 22nd, he stood on the streets of Woolwich and told the Western world that "you lot are extrem[ists]." More than most Americans, I'm open to hearing this perspective. The $4 trillion invasion of Iraq that killed hundreds of thousands of people, all based on lies – I ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

May 12th, 2013

We Are So Disappointed With the Corrupt Afghan Government

I'm sure it's tough for many reasons to work for the Sulzbergers and Carlos Slim at the New York Times. But I'd have an especially hard time coming into the office every day and being forced to write paragraphs like this in today's story about Afghanistan: American and NATO officials ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

May 6th, 2013

Reminder: The U.S. Government Lies About Who Uses Chemical Weapons in the Mideast

Obviously I have no idea whether any chemical weapons have been used in Syria, and if they have who's responsible. But this is a good time to remember that, even beyond the bogus case for the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. government has a long history of lying about this ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

April 18th, 2013

Rick Perry to Illinois Businesses: "Your Situation Is Not Unlike a Burning Building on the Verge of Collapse"

This seems like it must be made up, but it's not. Just days ago, Texas Governor Rick Perry wrote an open letter to Illinois business owners saying this: If you’re a business owner in Illinois, I want to express my admiration for your ability to survive in an environment that, ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

April 14th, 2013

Bill Clinton to Condoleezza Rice in 2003: Invading Iraq Would Be Morally Right Thing to Do

Last week Glenn Greenwald interviewed Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett, who both were National Security Council staffers during the Bush administration. At one point Hillary Leverett describes how "the entire American political apparatus," including Bill Clinton, supported the invasion of Iraq: LEVERETT: It wasn't just ideologically-driven people, individual actors within ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

April 8th, 2013

Margaret Thatcher and Iraq

Almost no one today remembers Margaret Thatcher's long history with Iraq. But few people beyond Saddam Hussein played a greater role in shredding the country into tiny little pieces. Here are some highlights: 1981 Despite Thatcher's government being officially neutral in the Iran-Iraq war, and having voted for a UN ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

March 19th, 2013

We Will Find and Kill All of You

The first U.S. soldier killed in combat in Iraq, Jose Gutierrez, actually was not a U.S. citizen; he was Guatemalan: Marine Lance Corporal Jose Gutierrez was shot in the chest as his unit took heavy fire in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr. Everyone believed he was 22. But his ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

March 16th, 2013

Cheney Saw Iraq as a Delicious "Additional Source of Oil"

This is from a new article by David Frum, the Bush administration speechwriter who coined the term "axis of evil": I was less impressed by Chalabi than were some others in the Bush administration. However, since one of those “others” was Vice President Cheney, it didn’t matter what I thought. ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

March 11th, 2013

It Would Be Polite If Americans Who Criticize Hugo Chavez and Venezuela Would Shut Up

Wow, who doesn't sympathize with this righteous, blistering 2006 critique of Bush's foreign policy? Bush is not spreading human rights...Instead, he is spreading secret prisons everywhere, practicing mean torture in Baghram, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Well, me, actually. Because that criticism was coming from al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri. There ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

March 3rd, 2013

Stanley McChrystal Becomes "Something of a Leftist"

In the new Israeli documentary The Gatekeepers, one of the former heads of the Shin Bet says that for people like him who've seen Israeli foreign policy up close, "when you retire, you become something of a leftist." According to a new interview with Stanley McChrystal, it looks like that's ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

February 28th, 2013

Blob Woodward Strikes Again

Yesterday Bob Woodward went on TV to explain how infuriated he is that Obama is planning to follow the law and make cuts to the defense budget required by the "sequester" bill. Specifically, Woodward can't believe this could necessitate lowering our number of aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf from ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

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