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Joe Conason
Joe Conason

Joe Conason has written his popular political column for The New York Observer since 1992. He served as the Manhattan Weekly’s executive editor from...


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Donald Trump’s Slur Stokes Phony Republican Fury

As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is “not a war hero” and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity’s gaffe around his neck.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE


Iran Deal: Why Should We Heed the Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

What everyone should remember about the agreement’s most prominent foes is something they will never mention: their own shameful record in promoting our very worst foreign policy mistake since Vietnam.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE


Benghazi! Why Trey Gowdy Is Concealing Blumenthal Deposition

The strange saga of the House Select Committee on Benghazi continues as its chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., fends off renewed questions about the committee’s purpose, as well as demands to release the sworn deposition of Sidney Blumenthal, taken behind closed doors June 16.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



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Newly Released Emails Reveal the Hillary You (Still) Don’t Know

With the release of the first batch of the thousands of emails that Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department, what has America learned about the former secretary of state and current presidential candidate?

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE


The Real Meaning of the Confederate Flag

In the intensifying debate over the Confederate flag, important clues about the true meaning of this seditious symbol are staring us in the face.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE


Dennis Hastert, Nancy Pelosi and America’s ‘Family Values’

Republicans on Capitol Hill keep telling everyone how terribly shocked they are by the tawdry tale of Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House indicted last week on charges of money-laundering in an effort to cover up alleged sexual abuse of a male high school student many years ago.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE


What Clintons Do Is ‘Scandalous,’ What Republicans Do Is Ignored

From the offices of The New York Times’ Washington bureau to the Manhattan studio of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” journalists bitterly protest Hillary Clinton’s erased emails and her family foundation’s fundraising methods. But very few in the press corps apply the same standards to any Republican politician.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

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Joe Conason
Joe Conason

Joe Conason has written his popular political column for The New York Observer since 1992. He served as the Manhattan Weekly’s executive editor from 1992 to 1997. Since 1998, he has also written a column that is among the most widely read features on Conason is also a senior fellow at The Nation Institute.

His most recent book, Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martin’s Press, 2003), was a New York Times and bestseller. He is also the co-author (with Gene Lyons) of The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), which appeared on both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists. Conason co-produced a 2004 documentary film, The Hunting of the President, based on the book.

Prior to joining the Observer, Conason spent two years as editor-at-large for Conde Nast’s Details magazine. From 1978 to 1990, he worked for The Village Voice as a columnist, staff writer and national correspondent.

Conason is an experienced and skilled reporter as well as a sharp commentator. In 1985, he co-authored the Village Voice exposé of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’s hidden Manhattan real estate holdings. In 1989, Conason arrived in Beijing, China, on the night after the Tiananmen Square massacre and reported on the tragic aftermath for the Voice.

During the Clinton administration, Conason’s investigative reporting on Whitewater and the presidency brought him national media attention. He revealed the existence of the “Arkansas Project,” a secret, multimillion-dollar plan funded by a conservative Pittsburgh billionaire to find or invent negative material about the Clintons. More recently, Conason was one of the first journalists to delve into the background and finances of the so-called “Swift-Boat Veterans for Truth” and its campaign against John Kerry.

Conason’s articles have been published in Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The Guardian (London) and The New Yorker, among many other periodicals in the United States and abroad. He also appears frequently as a commentator on television and radio programs. A winner of the New York Press Club’s Byline Award, he has covered every American presidential election since 1980.

Joe Conason graduated from Brandeis University in 1975 with honors in history. He began his career as a reporter for the East Boston Community News, a small neighborhood newspaper. From there he went on to join The Real Paper, an alternative weekly published in Cambridge, Mass., as a staff writer. He covered environmental, racial and political issues for both papers. He was born in New York City, where he resides today.

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