BREAKING – Greenwald is DONE. Resigns from Intercept.
This is B I G.
“To say that such censorship is a red line for me, a situation I would never accept no matter the cost, is an understatement.”
A journalist that ignores the Assange extradition hearing is a criminal. Period.
You beat me to it SunFarmer. Yep, to me, this is big and just one more signpost we are passing.
Greenwald is one of my heroes. I immediately went to support him at his new site. I do not do this sort of thing often. But if I don’t support my hero when he is standing on principle, I’m just a bullshitter.
He is a leftie – of the best sort. The old sort from the 70s, who don’t cozy up to the intelligence services, who remember that Clapper lied to Congress (and unlike Roger Stone, suffered no ill effects), who published the Snowden material, and now, who is walking away from censorship from his own company, in order to publish a piece on the MSM suppression of Joe Biden’s potentially corrupt dealings with the CCP.
Here’s his article – a draft – which just lowers the boom on the entire mainstream media misconduct about not questioning Biden. He details how MSM reporters are terrified of being canceled by their friends (something I certainly have experienced), so much so that they are now institutionally incapable of reporting the news honestly.
Read the article. Support him if you feel like it. Remember, when he says the word “Intercept“, this is the organization he co-founded! And would not publish his own piece without severe censorship!
I am posting here the most recent draft of my article about Joe and Hunter Biden — the last one seen by Intercept editors before telling me that they refuse to publish it absent major structural changes involving the removal of all sections critical of Joe Biden, leaving only a narrow article critiquing media outlets. I will also, in a separate post, publish all communications I had with Intercept editors surrounding this article so you can see the censorship in action and, given the Intercept’s denials, decide for yourselves (this is the kind of transparency responsible journalists provide, and which the Intercept refuses to this day to provide regarding their conduct in the Reality Winner story). This draft obviously would have gone through one more round of proof-reading and editing by me — to shorten it, fix typos, etc — but it’s important for the integrity of the claims to publish the draft in unchanged form that Intercept editors last saw, and announced that they would not “edit” but completely gut as a condition to publication:
When the media becomes a tactical player in the political process it undermines the legitimacy of both.
It all reminds me more and more of the last years of the Soviet Union…
My fear is its gonna turn out to be like the *early* days of the Soviet Union. John Rubino gave an interview a week or two ago where he mentioned a “smart, liberal friend” of his who he asked what she thought about Hunter Biden…
She said she didnt’ know Biden had a son… When Rubino started to fill her in a bit about the laptop she said if it was true she would have heard about it but she hadn’t so it was probably not a real story.
Of course Fox News watchers have the exact same problem but with a different set of details and blind spots.
Whats the event that breaks this pattern once established? For the Soviets it was collapse.
Matt Taibi’s book Hate Inc does a great job of describing how and why the media got this way and just how far its gone.
The fake news matrix has no choice now but to double down, and double down again on the lies, regardless of who gets chopped up in the lie sausage making. They couldn’t just let Greenwald’s action stand – they had to give those trapped in the matrix a story line that they could use in response to friend’s who might defend Greenwald;
Update 1650ET: In a post with comments disabled, the editors of The Intercept have responded to Greenwald’s decision to leave – writing “The narrative Glenn presents about his departure is teeming with distortions and inaccuracies — all of them designed to make him appear as a victim, rather than a grown person throwing a tantrum.”
They suggest that Greenwald was “attempting to recycle the dubious claims of a political campaign — the Trump campaign — and launder them as journalism.”
We assume they’re referring to the undisputed contents of the Hunter Biden laptop, along with evidence from two former Biden associates, implicating Joe Biden in numerous corrupt acts involving his son Hunter.
The Intercept includes several low-blows in their response;
“We have the greatest respect for the journalist Glenn Greenwald used to be”
“We have no doubt that Glenn will go on to launch a new media venture where he will face no collaboration with editors… — such is the era of Substack and Patreon “
Laundering lies as journalism.. just wow. Pot, meet kettle.
“Whats the event that breaks this pattern once established? For the Soviets it was collapse.”
But that collapse followed 70 years of gulags, engineered famine and millions of deaths. We are only seeing the beginning of this latest totalitarian enterprise.
Agreed Susan7. I was a bit young when the Soviet system collapsed but I got interested in politics/economics while the conservative types were still victory lapping. One image that stood out for me was Ayn Rand claiming that at age 12, she could see how communism couldn’t possibly work (she was in St Petersburg when the October revolution happened and her bourgeoisie family was treated badly for owning a hardware store as I recall).
As you said, it took 70 years for the obvious truth to finally kick its way through the heads of the central planners there and the academics here. In the meantime, at least some of the papers in the west were able to maintain subscribers claiming that communism was a grand idea the entire time.
Ive decided to look at the western press coverage the way I look at bad weather. I don’t know when its gonna go away but I aint gonna wait for the sun to come out to get on with things.
Somehow Trump is re-elected. Dems win the Senate or 50 seats and Romney votes with them on impeachment. Impeachment passes house and Senate in record time. Pence is appointed President. House does not pass his nominee for VP. Pence gets impeached for not being elected legitimately in 2016. Welcome Madam president Nancy. How crazy is that?