https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CktKPHNJUWE&feature=youtu.be   12 INDICATORS THAT TRUMP WOULD CREATE A FASCIST DICTATORSHIP IN HIS SECOND TERM Narrator: With just one more supreme court appointment, which is inevitable during the next four years, because Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is now eighty-seven, Trump will be given a rubber stamp to exercise the limitless power, he believes he is entitled to. Based on Trump’s past words and actions, these are the 12 Indicators that Trump would replace...
(This article originally appeared in the Washington Post on July 10 2020) He lies about voter fraud, admires authoritarians, tries to suppress free speech and uses the law against those who would hold him accountable. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) People have debated whether Donald Trump is fascist since he announced he was running for president. In 2015,...
(This article originally appeared in The Sonoma Independent on March 8th 2020)   There is only one reason that Biden has surpassed Bernie in the Democratic primary.  It is because voters believe the dubious hypothesis, widely amplified by the media and Democratic Party establishment, that Biden is the best and only option that voters have to beat Trump. But as an independent investigative journalist with 40 years of professional experience, I believe...
(This article originally appeared in The Sonoma Independent on February 25th 2020)   A widespread sense of collective cynicism has blanketed America’s oldest and wealthiest generation. It is the audacity of hopelessness: a political choice in opposing Bernie Sanders’ candidacy that 90% of  seniors are making that despite their relative affluence, they are the only demographic that deserves Medicare-style socialism. Seniors 65 and older handed Trump the 2016 election, in many states...
(This article originally appeared in The Sonoma Independent on November 2, 2019)   Bella Bella, the new off-Broadway play about the indomitable 1970’s congressional titan Bella Abzug, feels timely and significant in this, the season of Donald Trump’s impeachment. In early 1972, Bella made history because, as Hillary Clinton wrote in a Facebook post that coincided with the play’s opening on October 22, “In the midst of a crisis in our democracy with eerie...
The Democrats should not assume that Nancy Pelosi’s decision to begin impeachment this week will be sufficient to bring critical documents and witnesses to the congressional oversight process. Trump has fought tooth and nail to quash each and every subpoena issued by Congress to investigate him. It  was only his arrogance, and the clarity of the whistle blower statute, that forced Trump’s hand in making the Ukraine shakedown complaint...
(This article first appeared in the Washington Post here on June 14, 2019.) How did Donald Trump, a self-serving promoter who lost billions of dollars for his investors, convince the world that he is a financial genius? It wasn’t just by fabricating tales of his success. It was also by bullying and silencing people who could have stopped those deceits — particularly reporters and Wall Street analysts — forcing all but a...
(This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post on September 28th 2016)   Donald Trump brings shame to our entire gender. He is the living, fire-breathing, fear-evoking, hate-mongering, violence-threatening, sexist, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, avaricious, insecure, intolerant, egomaniacal, bombastic, braggadocios, greedy sexual harassing manifestation of everything that is wrong with American men. In the presidential debate, Donald Trump modeled all of the worst qualities associated with male behavior. The latest revelation about his...
I hope that Nancy Pelosi realizes very soon that to stop the most dangerous autocrat in our nation’s history from stealing the next election, Democrats need to begin impeachment hearings now. Here are three essential reasons why: Democrats Must Own the Investigation Narrative or They Will Lose it to Trump’s Diabolical Plan to Prosecute His Investigators. During his Pennsylvania rally on May 20, Trump expanded his “witch-hunt” narrative and gave...
My article last year in the Washington Post about Donald Trump lying his way onto the first Forbes 400, accompanied by a 1984 audio recording of Trump pretending to be the fictitious John Baron, provided a timely springboard for commentators to offer valuable insights into the career and character of the President of the United States. This month's New York Times bombshell that Trump reported more gargantuan losses to the...
(This article first appeared in the Washington Post here on February 22, 2019. It was the most read feature on the Post in the days that followed)   Nearly four decades ago, Donald Trump deceived me into including him on the first Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans. He claimed a net worth of $100 million but was actually worth less than a tenth of that. Last week, President Trump declared a national state...
(first published here in the Washington Post April 20, 2018) In May 1984, an official from the Trump Organization called to tell me how rich Donald J. Trump was. I was reporting for the Forbes 400, the magazine’s annual ranking of America’s richest people, for the third year. In the previous edition, we’d valued Trump’s holdings at $200 million, only one-fifth of what he claimed to own in our interviews....

Jonathan Greenberg

Investigative journalist Jonathan Greenberg founded Progressive Source.com in 2007 to build public awareness for a better world. Jonathan’s Washington Post expose about Donald Trump conning his way onto the first Forbes 400 list by pretending to be John Baron made national news as well as the Daily Show, Colbert and Seth Meyers.

Past posts

Full House MUST VOTE for Impeachment Inquiry So Congressional Subpoenas Can Overcome Trump’s Lies

The Democrats should not assume that Nancy Pelosi’s decision to begin impeachment this week will be sufficient to bring critical documents and witnesses to...

How Donald Trump silenced the people who could expose his business failures

(This article first appeared in the Washington Post here on June 14, 2019.) How did Donald Trump, a self-serving promoter who lost billions of dollars for his...

3 Reasons Congress Must Start Impeachment Now or Lose to Trump in 2020

I hope that Nancy Pelosi realizes very soon that to stop the most dangerous autocrat in our nation’s history from stealing the next election,...

What Trump’s John Baron Deception Says About our Truth-less President

My article last year in the Washington Post about Donald Trump lying his way onto the first Forbes 400, accompanied by a 1984 audio...

Wash Post Expose: 6 Essential Cons that Define Trump’s Success

(This article first appeared in the Washington Post here on February 22, 2019. It was the most read feature on the Post in the days that...

Trump’s John Barron Con Exposed in Washington Post

(first published here in the Washington Post April 20, 2018) In May 1984, an official from the Trump Organization called to tell me how rich...

From Standing Rock To Maui: Tulsi Gabbard Joins Resistance to A&B’s Massive Water Theft

For generations, the myth that what was good for the Alexander & Baldwin corporation was good for the residents of Maui allowed Hawaii’s largest...

In Bypassing Warren As VP, Clinton Raises Risk Of Losing To Trump

(This July, 2016 column won First Place in the Greater Bay Journalism Awards for political columnists). Hillary Clinton’s decision to pass over populist Democrat Elizabeth Warren to...

Campaign to Stop the Monsanto Doctrine

In the spring of 2016, Progressive Source was hired to build a public awareness campaign to support a grassroots coalition of Native Hawaiians, environmentalists,...

Vote Bernie Now More Than Ever

Bernie Sanders has run the most successful grassroots campaign in American history, and his second American revolution provides the first real opportunity that We,...

Despite media deception, Bernie scored four big wins on Super Tuesday

SHOCKER: Bernie scored four major wins by large margins in Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont during the March 1 Super Tuesday contest, doing far...

Investigative Series on Palm Drive Hospital Wins Top SF Area Journalism Awards

Last weekend, the SF Peninsula Press Club announced the annual winners of its 2015 Greater Bay Journalism Award contest for work published last year....

State Parks Agency Uses Drought As Excuse to Cut Beach Showers That Benefited Millions

Last week, in the middle of a record hot summer, and for the first time in California history, all the public showers at 44...

Despite Record Budget Surplus, Supervisors Refuse to Restore Library Hours

It has been a phenomenal year for Sonoma County’s economy. Joblessness is below 5%, home values are soaring, and the treasury enjoys a record surplus...

“Stop Incarcerating Parents for Victimless Marijuana Crimes”

On April 3, 2015, Sonoma County’s secret war on marijuana confronted an unprecedented roadblock.  A freedom flash mob had gathered, overfilling a courtroom and packing...

Tougher Tactics Desperately Needed to Win War on GMO Food

(This article first appeared in the Huffington Post). As I listened to the ads from the ill-fated campaign to label genetically modified food in Washington, I...

Epic Local Government Failure Results in Closed Libraries

(This article first appeared in the Bohemian). Dr. Carmen Finley, a retired research scientist and genealogist, still remembers the "Juvenile Hall" of the Santa Rosa...

Shame of Sonoma County: Supervisors Fund Escalation of War on Marijuana Instead of Libraries

(This column first appeared as a Guest Commentary in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on June 12, 2013). Since August 2011, my two young children,...

Ten Grassroots Lessons From Monsanto’s Swift-Boating of Prop 37 to Label GMO’s In California

(This post first appeared in the Huffington Post on November 11, 2012). The populist campaign to label genetically modified food has been successfully swift-boated by...

Struggling to Re-Open Sonoma County Libraries

(This column first appeared as a guest commentary in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on October 13, 2013). On Tuesday, Sebastopol's City Council will hear...

Help Wanted: Responsive Government

(This article first appeared in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat). You don't need to be a revolutionary to be disappointed with our federal government. Even...

Will the New Pope Help the Christian Left Fulfill MLK’s Vision?

(This article first appeared in the Huffington Post). For 80 years, Catholic Workers have helped lead the nation's peace movement. With a growing number of...

A Tea Party Christmas: An Oxymoron Causing Millions to Suffer

(This article first appeared in the Huffington Post).   Corporations are not people, and regulating corporations -- and our economy, so that we can all be part...

Reflections On Creative Writing Class: The Taught

(This article first appeared in the New York Times Education Life on April 14, 2002). The year was 1974 and I had just turned 16....