David Rieff

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David Rieff is a crusading journalist. Rieff's mother was Susan Sontag[1]

According to his IdentityTheory profile:

David Rieff was born in Boston and attended Princeton University. He was an editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux until 1989 and has been on the faculties of Skidmore, The City University of New York, and New York University. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, El Pais, The New Republic, Harper's, The Atlantic and Foreign Affairs. Rieff is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute at the New School, a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch and a board member of the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute. His books include Going to Miami: Tourists, Exiles and Refugees in the New America; Los Angeles: Capitol of the Third World; The Exile: Cuba in the Heart of Miami; Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West; Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (with Roy Gutman) and recently A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis. He is currently considering writing a book on the United States Army. While continuing to cover humanitarian emergencies around the world David Rieff lives in Manhattan."[2]

Diana Johnstone, in Fool's Crusade, documents and criticizes Rieff's journalistic crusading becoming the witting/unwitting conduit for Bosnian propaganda.


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  1. Diana Johnstone, Fool's Crusade, p. 53
  2. Identity Theory, Author Interview: David Rieff
  3. Editorial Board, World Affairs, accessed January 19, 2011.
  4. Board, Independent Diplomat, accessed September 14, 2011.
  5. Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, "Morality's Avenging Angels: The New Humanitarian Crusaders", Znet, 30 August 2005.