Driving the news: Glenn Greenwald, a columnist at The Intercept, is quitting the publication he co-founded after seven years, citing efforts by his editors to “censor” articles critical of former Vice President Joe Biden.
Details: In a 3,300 word post on Substack, Greenwald said he had no choice but to resign after his editors violated his “contractual right of editorial freedom.”
Jeebus, that’s a long-winded resignation letter, but GG has always loved the sound of his own voice, and there is never an adjectival phrase left behind.
“The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles.”
Someone needs an editor, and always has.
- He went on to say that a “repressive mentality” has taken over most center-left newsrooms and academic institutions.
- The Intercept quickly fired back, writing that Greenwald “was attempting to recycle the dubious claims of a political campaign — the Trump campaign — and launder them as journalism” and that his efforts “to smear his longtime colleagues and friends as partisan hacks” made “good business sense” as he goes solo.
From The Intercept:
“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.”
In other words, GG as usual.
Glennzilla as of late has been a feature on Fox News (a Putin apparatchik most likely, but a useful idiot certainly; GG is on Hannity/Ingraham/Tucker often enough he should have an employee discount), and so his credibility as being a critic of the Left from deep inside the Left has been in tatters for years. He got his wish in the 4th Reich to burn it all to the ground, but the Revolution was not forthcoming. Go figure. Currently, he’s pushing the Hunter Biden laptop story, and I think that’s what triggered his departure.
GG is notoriously thin-skinned (he blocked a tiny blogger [me] for saying that he stumbled into the National Security story of the new century [Snowden] – and saying he was making it his meal ticket, which I still stand by), so it will be interesting to see if he allows comments on his new platform. I bet he moderates the hell out of it.
Anyway, Lawyers, Guns & Money has a very funny post up on this, with encouraging reactions from his hi-visibility supporters (some of whom have fled major media properties for the freedom of their own Substacks where no one will criticize them): Barry Weiss, Andrew Sullivan, and (wait for it…) Junior Mints.