Glenn Greenwald resigns from ‘The Intercept,’ which he co-founded, in fiery rebuke
Liberal Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept, has resigned over censorship issues concerning Joe Biden. He is walking away from his own company and a six-figure income because editors there “vehemently and enthusiastically support” Joe Biden and are censoring an article he wrote that is critical of the Democratic presidential nominee.
Describing the ‘final, precipitating cause’ of his resignation in an interview with ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ Greenwald wrote: “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,” he continued.
“I could not sleep at night knowing that I allowed any institution to censor what I want to say and believe — least of all a media outlet I co-founded with the explicit goal of ensuring this never happens to other journalists, let alone to me, let alone because I have written an article critical of a powerful Democratic politician vehemently supported by the editors in the imminent national election,” he wrote.
Greenwald went very public with his decision in a blistering blog post that claims The Intercept has become “completely unrecognizable” because it no longer offers a venue for airing dissent, marginalized voices, and unheard perspectives. He feels that journalistic voices are being squelched and that he can no longer report facts because of politics.
The Intercept’s Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed responded by calling his claims “preposterous” and accusing him of “throwing a tantrum.” “Glenn demands the absolute right to publish whatever he wants. He believes that anyone who disagrees with him is corrupt, and anyone who presumes to disagree with him is a censor,” Reed wrote.
Tucker Carlson said in the interview: “Greenwald’s full statement is up tonight at an internet platform called Substack which is not yet censored. No matter who you plan to vote for next week we recommend that you read it.”
“The reason it [The Intercept] was created was to ensure that journalists would always have complete journalistic independence and editorial freedom, never have to pull punches journalistically or pay homage to pieties because of the ideological preferences of editors or of anyone else,” Greenwald told host Tucker Carlson in his interview on Fox News.
“That is what makes it so amazing, that the very outlet that I co-created — that was built on my reputation, my credibility, my journalistic accomplishment — then tried to intervene to censor me six days before an election because I wanted to publish reporting and analysis about the evidence that raises serious questions about the conduct of the candidate that all of the editors at that outlet vehemently and enthusiastically support.”
“Rather than offering a venue for airing dissent, marginalized voices and unheard perspectives, [The Intercept] is rapidly becoming just another media outlet with mandated ideological and partisan loyalties, a rigid and narrow range of permitted viewpoints (ranging from establishment liberalism to soft leftism, but always anchored in ultimate support for the Democratic Party), a deep fear of offending hegemonic cultural liberalism and center-left Twitter luminaries, and an overarching need to secure the approval and admiration of the very mainstream media outlets we created The Intercept to oppose, critique and subvert.”
According to Greenwald, his article was “based on recently revealed emails and witness testimony [and] raised critical questions about Biden’s conduct.” This is a topic that has been ignored and buried by the media. Greenwald flatly stated that he is “embarrassed and angered” that his media outlet bought into and promoted the now-debunked claim that the allegations were a product of Russian disinformation.
“The only article I published about all of these documents that have emerged about Joe Biden, other than a column of mine where I denounced Facebook and Twitter for censoring it,” Glenn said, “was an article that made reference in passing to those documents very snidely and dismissively to say that no one should pay attention to it because it was Russian disinformation and it cited a letter from John Brennan, James Clapper … the rest of the goons from the CIA and intelligence community asserting it.”
Greenwald also told Tucker: “Nobody including Joe Biden disputes that these emails and other text messages are completely real and authentic.”
One of the primary targets of The Intercept originally was the intelligence agencies. Greenwald has long accused them of “disseminating propaganda in a very powerful way.”
“That letter [signed by Brennan and Clapper] said we have no evidence that Russia is involved in any of this,” he said, but “The Intercept omitted that phrase, simply cited that letter to try to encourage people to ignore this evidence on the grounds that Russia had manufactured it and that the evidence was fabricated, even though there has never been any evidence that that has been true and everything since has disproven it.”
It’s Greenwald’s opinion that the CIA and other intelligence agencies have closed ranks and joined with the media to support Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, “which is likely to at least take over one branch of government if not all of them in the coming election — and that’s a very alarming proposition.”
“They are authoritarian, they believe in censorship, and they believe in suppression of information that exposes them in any kind of a critical light,” stated Greenwald.