Consortium News on Flashpoints: Max Blumenthal, As’ad AbuKhalil and Diana Johnstone

The second episode of Consortium News on Flash Points focuses on two different perspectives on John McCain and the real meaning of Russian interference in U.S. politics.

In collaboration with Dennis Bernstein, host of Pacifica Radio’s syndicated show Flashpoints, Consortium News presents its second episode of Consortium News on Flashpoints. Recorded and produced in the Berkeley, California studios of KPFA radio, Bernstein speaks with Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria, who each episode chooses three Consortium News authors to discuss their recent articles published on this site. 

In this show, Bernstein interviews Max Blumenthal on The Other Side of John McCain; As’ad AbuKhalil on John McCain: The View from the Middle East ; and Diana Johnstone on her article The Real Russian Interference in US Politics.


Dennis J. Bernstein is a host of “Flashpoints” on the Pacifica radio network and the author of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom. You can access the audio archives at You can get in touch with the author at [email protected] .

Joe Lauria is editor-in-chief of Consortium News and a former correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston GlobeSunday Times of London and numerous other newspapers. He can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @unjoe .

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12 comments for “Consortium News on Flashpoints: Max Blumenthal, As’ad AbuKhalil and Diana Johnstone

  1. TS
    September 10, 2018 at 05:28

    Ahem! …. “Video unavailable”…

      September 10, 2018 at 15:20

      It is working perfectly well.

  2. September 9, 2018 at 02:37

    McCain was an American hero and patriot through and through. Nobody worked harder to bolster US GDP, via unstinting support for the weapons industry. Nobody fought harder to strengthen US world hegemony, through an unrelenting promotion of “allies” dedicated to overthrowing independent leaders of sovereign states. Nobody worked harder to diminish the impact of religions antithetical to proper Judeo-Christian beliefs.

    The archetype US Saint!

    • September 9, 2018 at 03:54

      A “hero “ that wouldn’t even have graduated community college never mind be a pilot without daddy “

    • Tony Vodvarka
      September 9, 2018 at 12:55

      “Wet Start” Johnny was the “hero” POW that gave up intelligence to and made propaganda broadcasts for his captors.

  3. Abe
    September 8, 2018 at 12:26

    McCain always relished a “good meeting” with Western-backed regime change militants like the leader of Ukraine’s Nazi factions

  4. Abe
    September 8, 2018 at 11:29
    • Bob Van Noy
      September 8, 2018 at 12:39

      Thank you Abe this is a remarkably good article and in a more scholarly time it would be a great example of “Applied Propaganda”.

  5. Abe
    September 8, 2018 at 11:26

    The ghost of John McCain is preparing to make another “secret” visit to Syria

    • September 8, 2018 at 23:06

      Trump tried to pull us out of Syria only to have the CIA pulled another false flag chemical weapons attack and blamed it on Assad.

      One can only wonder what kind of threats Trump and the country are under by these criminals.

      Not that I love Trump but even I can see the deep state pressure he is under.

      Makes one wonder what kind of pressure they put on Obama.Obama had more security breaches than any other presidents, they even got into the White House twice.

      Lucky Trump hired his own private security.

      Still we got the Boston bombers that they were well aware of thanks to Russia.

  6. Bob Van Noy
    September 8, 2018 at 08:47

    Thank you Joe Lauria and Consortium News and Dennis Bernstein on Flashpoints On CN. We are hearing here some of the best International News content available. The combination of printed article and then spoken interview is invaluable… Again, many Thanks.

    • Joe Tedesky
      September 9, 2018 at 09:48

      I second that.

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