The Atlantic publishes Scientology propaganda as “sponsored content…” then gets embarrassed by the ensuing ridicule and removes the article. Which makes them sell-outs and cowards. No wonder we hate the media.

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matthew s harrison January 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

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Look at the bright side, maybe they are starting to realize that the muslims are here to kill us, and they are shopping for a new cult to get behind!

danybhoy January 16, 2013 at 12:32 am

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The Atlantic is run by Katrina vanden Heuvel, who is the very definition of the perfect leftist…

October 7, 1959 (age 53)
New York City, New York, United States

Alma mater
Princeton University

Editor, publisher and entrepreneur

Stephen F. Cohen

one daughter

Jean Stein and William vanden Heuvel

Jules C. Stein and Doris Babbette Jones (maternal grandparents)

Katrina vanden Heuvel (/ˈvændənhuːvəl/; born October 7, 1959) is the editor, publisher, and part-owner of the magazine The Nation. She has been the magazine’s editor since 1995. She is a frequent guest on numerous television programs. Vanden Heuvel is a self-described liberal and progressive.
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Early life

Vanden Heuvel was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Jean Stein, an heiress, best-selling author, and editor of the literary journal Grand Street, and William vanden Heuvel, an attorney, former US ambassador, member of John F. Kennedy’s administration, businessman, and author. She has one sister and two step-siblings. Her maternal grandparents were Music Corporation of America founder Jules C. Stein and Doris Babbette Jones (originally Jonas). Through her maternal grandmother, vanden Heuvel is a distant cousin of actor and comedian George Jessel.[3]

Vanden Heuvel graduated from the Trinity School in 1977.[4] Vanden Heuvel studied politics and history at Princeton University, writing her senior thesis on McCarthyism and serving as editor-in-chief of the Nassau Weekly. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1981.


During her undergraduate years at Princeton, she served as editor of the Nassau Weekly, a school publication, and had an internship at National Lampoon magazine in 1978.” She also worked as a production assistant at ABC television. According to a Princeton alumni publication, during her junior year, she had already worked “as a The Nation intern for nine months after taking the ‘Politics and the Press’ course taught by Blair Clark, the magazine’s editor from 1976 to 1978″ and “returned to The Nation in 1984 as assistant editor for foreign affairs”.[citation needed]

As an owner of The Nation, she is one of a group of investors brought together in 1995 by then-editor Victor Navasky in a for-profit partnership to buy the magazine – then losing $500,000 a year[citation needed] – from investment banker Arthur L. Carter. This group of investors included, among others, actor Paul Newman; novelist E.L. Doctorow; former Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chairman Alan Sagner;[citation needed] and Peter Norton,[citation needed] creator of the Norton Utilities software.[5]

In 1989, vanden Heuvel was promoted to The Nation’s editor-at-large position, responsible for its coverage of the USSR. In 1990, she co-founded Vy i My (“You and We”), a quarterly feminist journal linking American and Russian women. In 1995, vanden Heuvel was made editor of The Nation.

Vanden Heuvel’s blog at The Nation is called “Editor’s Cut”. She also writes a column for The Washington Post op-ed page.[6]

In a 2005 interview with Theodore Hamm in The Brooklyn Rail, vanden Heuvel describes the contents of The Nation and its larger role in news media: “Ideas, policy, activism, reporting, investigative reporting, as well as cultural pieces, reviews, writing. I hope people understand that about a third of this magazine, every week, is a very well edited, fascinating, cultural section, featuring reviews to people’s of the big books as well as some of the under-appreciated, under-the-radar, independent books and films and art. But the main part of The Nation is to put on the agenda the ideas and views and news that might not otherwise be there, to comment—from our perspective—on the news of the week—and to provide strategies and some measure of hope in these times.”[7]

She is the co-editor of Taking Back America – And Taking Down The Radical Right (Nation Books, 2004) and, most recently, editor of The Dictionary of Republicanisms (Nation Books, 2005). She is also co-editor (with Stephen F. Cohen) of Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev’s Reformers (Norton, 1989) and editor of The Nation: 1865–1990, and the collection A Just Response: The Nation on Terrorism, Democracy and September 11, 2001.

She is a frequent commentator on American and international politics on ABC’s This Week,[8] and also on MSNBC, CNN and PBS. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

Vanden Heuvel serves on the Institute for Policy Studies Board of Trustees.

On 6 November 2012, she was invited to a debate hosted by Dutch TV channel NOS, to discuss some issues regarding the 2012 US Elections. Half-way down the debate she left the studio after being called a “liar” by her opponent. A few minutes later, she returned to the studio, saying she “loves Holland, but that this is unworthy of TV”.

Personal life

In 1988, vanden Heuvel married New York University Russian Studies Professor Stephen F. Cohen, a writer on the Soviet Union and a professor at Princeton University, continuing for 30 years.[9][10] They have one daughter, Nicola, born in 1991. The family resides in the Upper West Side section of the Manhattan borough of New York City.[11]


Vanden Heuvel is a recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Maggie Award for her 2003 article, “Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia,” a report on the pro-life movement in that country. The special issue she conceived and edited, “Gorbachev’s Soviet Union”, was awarded New York University’s 1988 Olive Branch Award. Vanden Heuvel was also co-editor of Vyi i Myi, a Russian-language feminist newsletter.

Vanden Heuvel has received awards for public service from numerous groups, including the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Correctional Association and the Association for American-Russian Women. In 2003, she received the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Callaway Prize for the Defense of the Right of Privacy. She was the recipient of the American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee’s 2003 “Voices of Peace” award. Vanden Heuvel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies, the World Policy Institute, the Correctional Association of New York, and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and previously served on the board of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

…she inherited her money & status, used that to make a career out of being a professional progressive who lives the high life while advocating that us slobs live as subjects. She is the perfectr woman, if you are a socialist.

Plainsman January 16, 2013 at 5:22 am

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Thumbs up DB, but the link would’ve been sufficient. :)

danybhoy January 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

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Oh well…

poppajoe49 January 16, 2013 at 5:36 am

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It must be nice to be born into a wealthy family so that you never have to struggle to make your way in the world. That gives you the opportunity to not have to think about anything but what are the “cool” things to support, and become a socialist and useful idiot.

Plainsman January 16, 2013 at 6:40 am

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Good point. It’s interesting how these elitists tend to be the do-gooder types, but in their efforts to help the downtrodden and/or the less fortunate, they become ever more elitist and even tyrannical, in the sense that they know better what is good for everybody and by George, their gonna force it on us all, like a tablespoon of castor oil.

flashingscotsman January 17, 2013 at 8:05 am

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Yeah, I didn’t see much about hands getting dirty in that family history.

matthew s harrison January 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

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She married a “russian studies” professor, i.e., a KGB foreign officer. Funny, most of the liberal upper crust have direct uplines to the russians, and/or arabs. What a joke this bitch is.

MDLION January 16, 2013 at 5:16 am

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All I’ve known about vandel Heuvel before is that I turn the channel whenever I see her. So she received an award from Planned Parenthood for doing a nasty piece on Pro-Lifers in Russia. If you defend the unborn in Russia you’re brave. I think one reason Katrina’s kind hates Pro-Lifers is that they know next to them their own selfishness and cowardice is exposed. I think the lion’s share of the hatred of Sarah Palin is for her having 5 children including a Down Syndrome child. Her selflessness exposes their radical selfishness. It is part of the female vocation to be deeply sacrificial for one’s children. If you turn this on its ear, you get the rage of the radical feminists.

Plainsman January 16, 2013 at 5:24 am

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MDLION, very insightful comment, especially as it relates to the angst in liberal circles for Sarah Palin.

sa_rose January 17, 2013 at 7:37 am

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If the Church of Scientology paid for space, it WAS advertising. It may be crap, bujt so is 99% of other ads around. I think some mainstream Christian groups need to do the same thing. THAY should set the left on their ears!

JPTravis January 17, 2013 at 7:59 am

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The issue isn’t whether it’s advertising, it’s the way websites are disguising advertising as content. More and more sites are doing this. That’s what The Atlantic did. I got an offer last month for something similar. Of course with my website, the money was certainly far less than what The Atlantic got from the Scientology creeps. I was offered $100 to write a column and include a link to a specific company – a company that would be very difficult to mention in the context of the political/philosophical stuff I write about. I’m sure as a writer I could pull it off, but… I told them no, if I was going to sell my soul it would require more than $100.

What’s more, the people The Atlantic allowed to buy fake content space are a deviously harmful cult, which makes their sellout even worse.

JPTravis January 20, 2013 at 6:48 am

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Update: The Atlantic issued a statement (in the form of a memo to staff) explaining their screw-up with the Scientology propaganda. Basically, if you read between the lines, they’re sorry… that they got caught:

poppajoe49 January 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

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The requested page could not be located on this blog. We recommend using the navigation bar or search form above to get back on track.

BUT If you go to the front page, it’s the 3rd item down.

JPTravis January 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

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Too funny. Sounds like they’re embarrassed about their explanation now, so they’re moving it around on their website so fewer people will see it.