Angry Birds: A Bang-Up Buzzfeed-Blumenthal BrawlSAngry Birds is a new feature in which ChartGirl's Hilary Sargent takes a look at the ruffled feathers in the latest Twitter flaps. Today's: labor journalist Mike Elk vs. Buzzfeed political reporter Rosie Gray, engaged in a feud over Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, his son Max, and Max's new book about Israel.

Dramatis Personae

Mike Elk, a labor journalist for In These Times. He loves unions, as do his parents Gene and Cynthia.

Rosie Gray, a political reporter for BuzzFeed. She previously worked for the Village Voice. The occupations of her parents remains a mystery.

Max Blumenthal, a writer. He recently wrote a book about Israel called Goliath. Max's father is Sidney Blumenthal, former (or is he?) Clinton advisor. Once upon a time he wrote for the New Yorker. These days he busies himself freaking out when people write negative reviews of his son's book.

Eric Alterman, a columnist for The Nation. He wrote a review calling Blumenthal's book "awful."

Ben Smith, editor of Buzzfeed.

And the Winner is...

Max Blumenthal, whose book got some small amount of extra publicity.


Hilary Sargent is the founder of ChartGirl.com. She tweets at @LilSarg