A Massive Earthquake in the World of Journalism

Glenn Greenwald resigns from The Intercept, which he co-founded:

Today I sent my intention to resign from The Intercept, the news outlet I co-founded in 2013 with Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras, as well as from its parent company First Look Media.

The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.

The censored article, based on recently revealed emails and witness testimony, raised critical questions about Biden’s conduct. Not content to simply prevent publication of this article at the media outlet I co-founded, these Intercept editors also demanded that I refrain from exercising a separate contractual right to publish this article with any other publication.

Update: Tucker Carlson interview

26 Replies to “A Massive Earthquake in the World of Journalism”

  1. That was Glenn Greenwald, surely?

    I presume we mean the ponce who never forgave Americans for not letting him bring a male prostitute he picked up in Rio to live with him as his wedded husband?

    The losers here are Brazilians, who have had to endure David Miranda’s using Glenn’s connections with the Brazilian extreme left to get himself elected to the national legislature. Why Bolsonaro hasn’t had Glenn deported already I don’t know.

    1. Certainly the jelly wriggled. Greenwood is famous for what he was, not what he is. But it is still significant that he “came out”. More journalists need to come out of the Pravda cupboard.

  2. The institutional left have decreed that the media business is no longer media nor a business per se but rather a leftist political activism and censorship institution. Presumably the former businesses will be taken care of by their political guardians much like in Canada. This explains why a supposed business entity would be ambivalent about the customer base by being in a virtual war with half of society. This is also reminiscent of the relationship between the National Socialists and the private sector in prewar Germany.

    1. So whats left . The commies have Universities, Public schools,Media,half the political system, entertainment, half the population. Wow!.. Looking grim.

  3. I am voluntarily sacrificing the support of a large institution and guaranteed salary in exchange for nothing other than a belief that there are enough people who believe in the virtues of independent journalism and the need for free discourse who will be willing to support my work by subscribing.

    Well, he’s about to get quite the surprise.

  4. I realize Conrad Black is 76 but why doesn’t he start the only conservative paper in Canada and drive the rest out of business. He’s done it before. Just start an unapologetically conservative paper. Fox makes a shit-load of money and its competitors are tax writeoff communist crusaders.

    1. Starting anything conservative in Canada using the usual frameworks is like starting a war to the left. And they do whatever it takes to shut up that conservative “voice”. The bigger the voice the harder they try.
      The Rebel has done pretty well because they are out of reach of any kind of Canadian regulation. BUT they still rely mostly on youtube for getting the counter stories out there which is going to be a disaster guaranteed.

  5. Never heard of the guy or his paper. Not a massive earthquake in my world. I am waiting for Postmedia to declare insolvency. That is massive. And will happen in the next 18 months.

    1. Glenn Greenwald

      Exactly. Who? Is it important that I don’t know who he is? Should I be concerned that I don’t?

  6. A slight tremor maybe. A massive earthquake would be Bezos selling the WaPo to Alex Jones for two bucks and then slinking away to some weird Col. Kurtz retreat in Thailand to find his true purpose in life.

  7. Once upon a time, most journalists seemed sincere in their attempts at accurate even-handed reporting. They weren’t always successful, but they did try. Objectivity was considered a worthy goal. As a result, the mainstream media was — to a considerable degree — trusted.

    Most journalists seem to have given up on that. They now see themselves as political activists whose job it is to better society in accordance to their personal ideology. The idea of giving a balanced accounting of the facts is quickly receding. The goal of objectivity is seen as delusional and old fashioned. Now every time I watch the news I wonder “What aren’t they telling us?

  8. Glenn Greenwald has been a must read through all of this stuff. But the Intercept had been slowly forcing him out for not toeing the line on impeachment and “Russia Russia Russia” for a while.

    Still, you know that there are reporters working at other newspapers who are being stifled who are cheering him on, and hopefully after the election, the papers go back to their mission.

    Basically Trump is the authoritarian but Biden is telling news outlets that anybody who looks into this story is going to be frozen out of a Biden administration. If Trump was an authoritarian, he would have used COVID to seize massive new powers, like, you know, the liberals and the Democrats have.

    1. “Basically Trump is the authoritarian but Biden is telling news outlets that anybody who looks into this story is going to be frozen out of a Biden administration. If Trump was an authoritarian, he would have used COVID to seize massive new powers, like, you know, the liberals and the Democrats have.”

      Prove it. This is just more delusional crap you people dream up to rationalize your nonsensical positions.

      1. Can’t you do better than Regressive cud chewing regurgitation?
        Choke on your own predictable vapidity.
        Try facts for a change.

  9. I read the Taibi piece and the Greenwald piece before coming here. It’s an earthquake. Even if you are not aware of or a fan of Greenwald, they both have a major following and much respect as independent journalists. Presumably Greenwald won a Pulitzer. His critique of the media handling of the Biden story is scathing. He exposes the hypocrisy of journalists and argues that they themselves are responsible for people’s perception that they are fake news. These are two credible journalists exposing the dishonesty in journalism.

  10. not lookin all that great for president chinese-bank-account.
    aka president covid-is-a-hoax
    do all the wishful thinkin ya want o trumpers. be prepared for a different face at the podium on inauguration day.

    and, AND Im gonna rub it in yer faces when this all comes true.
    a couple texas pickup trucks aint gonna cut it.

  11. There are very few “objective” journalists left anymore, and Greenwald was thought to be one. I used to watch the TV news feeds, but the bias and hypocritical one sided reporting really started to stink. I would watch a report on a US feed, and see the same item reported with a very different slant on Canadian news outlets. Then I started seeing it changing between different US and different Canadian stations. I now absorb only the news feeds that I feel I can trust, plus use other in dependent sites. Rebel, Breitbart, and so on, and arrive at my own conclusions independent of biased feeds. At least I consider myself informed as opposed to “creatively advised and indoctrinated” by blindly biased media. I’m actually surprised that the talking heads don’t literally spin on their office chairs when “reporting the facts”, or should I say the facts reported as they desire to present them.