From The Archives: Washington Internet Daily: Social Networks Take Opposing Tacks in China

Today on “Meet the Press,” Marco Rubio called out Facebook for creating censorship tools for the Chinese government, which reminded me of a story I wrote for the July 7th 2008 issue of Washington Internet Daily about how Facebook was not planning on going all in on cooperation with the Chinese government.

Several months before at South by Southwest, Mark Zuckerberg went out of his way to say Facebook was not planning on operating “in China.”

Read, enjoy, discuss if you want.


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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you might have seen the address for this site on a job application, or you’re just curious about me and my work in general.

Have a look at this compilation of recent TV appearances I put together.


Yet another place to look for more of my work

I’ve been posting my work for Breakfast Media (aka on my professional Facebook page and Twitter account pretty regularly for some time now, so if you’re familiar enough with me to know about this site, you’ve probably seen that.

But you can also see some of my general political reporting at The Montgomery County Sentinel, where I report on how national politics and goings-on at the White House and on Capitol Hill affect Montgomery County, Maryland.


Read this if you’re looking for the latest updates on what I am up to…

I am admittedly not the best about updating this website. I occasionally have thoughts about moving it to Medium and doing more writing on my own, but for now, I am doing my best to confine my work to the places that pay me so I can best stay focused on my work.

That being said, it’s possible that Google brought you here and you’re interested in knowing what I am up to. If that is the case, the best thing to do is check out my Facebook page, which you can find at

I try to post stories I’ve written and links to media appearances there, and until I do more with this website, that will probably remain the best one-stop shop to find my latest work.

More media appearances because Sputnik has an FM radio station now

Sputnik News (my former employer) recently began broadcasting on a low-power FM radio station in the Washington, DC area. A few news organizations have had the good sense to reach out to me when writing stories about the matter and ask me what I think of Sputnik’s inroads into the DC-area radio dial, and of the news service in general.

One such story was in the always excellent Montgomery County Sentinel, and reads thusly:

Andrew Feinberg, a former White House correspondent for Sputnik, said his former employer is a propaganda outlet, and that the programs that they broadcast over the radio will be exclusively opinion without news. Feinberg left Sputnik in May, saying the outlet did not let him report independently.

“The casual channel-surfer, dial-twister, is not necessarily going to know that this is propaganda funded by a foreign government,” Feinberg said.

Two other stories in which I was quoted were by reporters from Voice of America and Al Jazeera — both of which are state-owned news services to which Sputnik often compares itself, despite the fact that both are award-winning news organizations which are renown for their editorial independence and journalistic integrity.

Here’s the video by Al Jazeera:


And here’s the video from Voice of America

If you’re looking to have me talk about my time at Sputnik…

There’s a fair chance that if you’re looking at this, you’re interested in knowing more about my time as Sputnik’s White House Correspondent. To make your life easier, I’ve compiled some of the interviews I’ve done and stories about what happened here for your convenience.

The first person I spoke with after I left the office was Erik Wemple of The Washington Post, who wrote this story.

And in the interests of full disclosure, here’s the follow-up he wrote after Sputnik responded to his first article, in which they said I have a “rich imagination.”

A week later I spoke with CNN media reporter (and fellow Montgomery County native) Brian Stelter on his show, “Reliable Sources,” during which I gave a little more context.


The two best articles on the subject so far have been from interviews that I did with The Diplomat and with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab in which I was able to go into even more detail on how Sputnik operates and how the work being done there is propaganda rather than journalism.

If you still have questions or would like to speak with me for an article or any other reason, please feel free to contact me.



I’m no longer at Sputnik.

So I’m sure the reason you’re on this site is that you’re interested in why I’m no longer at Sputnik.

I’ll let people who are better at this sort of thing tell my story in outlets that are far more widely read than my blog, but I’ll say this — accountability in journalism matters. The truth matters. Your name matters. The only thing a reporter has is his byline and his integrity, and they go hand in hand because if you don’t put a name at the top of something you can say whatever you want and no one person can be held accountable.

You are accountable for what appears under your name, and you should never print anything without it. Because your name at the top of a story is a promise that it is the truth, and that you will stand by that truth. Don’t let anyone deny you the right to speak the truth — that is the job.