Glenn Greenwald has published the damning article that was censored by his own creation, The Intercept, which was originally designed to address “rising concern about press freedoms in the United States and around the world,” and “ to support independent journalism.” You can quickly see why he resigned.
An excerpt, as the reporter concludes:
The U.S. media often laments that people have lost faith in its pronouncements, that they are increasingly viewed as untrustworthy and that many people view Fake News sites are more reliable than established news outlets. They are good at complaining about this, but very bad at asking whether any of their own conduct is responsible for it.
A media outlet that renounces its core function — pursuing answers to relevant questions about powerful people — is one that deserves to lose the public’s faith and confidence. And that is exactly what the U.S. media, with some exceptions, attempted to do with this story: they took the lead not in investigating these documents but in concocting excuses for why they should be ignored.
As my colleague Lee Fang put it on Sunday: “The partisan double standards in the media are mind boggling this year, and much of the supposedly left independent media is just as cowardly and conformist as the mainstream corporate media. Everyone is reading the room and acting out of fear.” Discussing his story from Sunday, Taibbi summed up the most important point this way: “The whole point is that the press loses its way when it cares more about who benefits from information than whether it’s true.”
What’s going on here? The smoking gun email above appears to be genuine, but there is still a news media blackout on the story, and your Deranged Facebook friends are still going to sniff that this is just another Russian trick, and that the Trump campaign and Fox News are spreading lies. The handling of the story is, it is at this point fair to say, a direct, open, indefensible attempt by the vast majority of the news media to decide the winner of the Presidential election based on who journalists prefer to see elected.
Over at Althouse, who also links to Greenwald’s article, one commenter writes,
We’re seeing an entirely unprecedented, coordinated effort to suppress story in an attempt to influence an election. I wouldn’t have thought that this level of attempt at suppression would be likely to ever happen in the modern USA just a few years ago. I guess I’m still not cynical enough.
And for what? Because the Orange Man is Bad? He’s so bad that these fools are willing to throughout any pretense of journalistic integrity? Burn the last of all their credibility? Have they ever stopped and asked if it’s really worth it? What did Trump do to them that they’ve reached such a low state?
If a large portion of our electorate is specifically misinformed through the conspiracy of government agencies and a sympathetic press such that relevant information regarding the laws and legislators and that these laws and legislators work specifically to deny rights and freedoms to me can I say then that I am disenfranchised through the actions of these entities? Can I say that my vote is nullified by the vote of someone who was purposely misinformed and thus voted against what they might otherwise have voted for?
So, though I have the ability to vote and am fully informed, my vote is made moot by the vote of another who was duped into voting opposite of me. Can I then say that I lack representation since the government works specifically to deny me my voice through manipulation of the process?Is there any issue more dangerous to the continuation of our republic than the active suppression of truth, aided and abetted by the most influential and powerful forces in the country? Do we not have an obligation to prevent that usurpation of our rights?
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“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Malcolm X
“And for what? Because the Orange Man is Bad? He’s so bad that these fools are willing to throughout any pretense of journalistic integrity? Burn the last of all their credibility? Have they ever stopped and asked if it’s really worth it? What did Trump do to them that they’ve reached such a low state?”
Trump is just the straw that broke the camel’s back. The news media has been heading this way for years. The October Surprise of George Bush’s National Guard duty was just such an attempt and that was 20 years ago. The only difference is that the guilty parties in that fiasco paid the price for their incompetent vetting of news sources (though will still not accept responsibility or admit wrongdoing). Today, no one bats an eye if an anti-Trump story is aired with no evidence to back it up.
It’s worth it to them because they are now participants in the process of nation-rebuilding, not content to report the news and let viewers determine what is correct. They are the propaganda wing that makes sure to promote the ideologies of Climate Change, wealth redistribution, special rights for minorities and hatred for the United States. They purport to want to protect our Constitution as they use their significant Freedom of the Press rights to undermine our system of government at every turn in order to mislead ignorant voters.
Donald Trump is an excuse to rationalize the extreme hatred the Left has been building for years against those that oppose them. What did he do to them? He beat Hillary Clinton. They will never forgive him for that.
Whew. Spot on, A.M.
My two thumbs up for what you say there, A.M.
Those of us who follow Ethics Alarms understand it is very proper and necessary for the media to bombard President Trump with probing questions and tough scrutiny on his actions and words….BUT it is imperative that they do the same for ALL candidates. To lob gentle “what flavor did you choose” kind of questions to Biden is making a mockery of the term “journalism” and keeping the gullible under their thumbs. The best question I’ve heard during the last few months was one directed at Biden supporters. “Tell me why you support the Biden/Harris ticket – without using the name Trump” It’s usually met with a “humma humma…”
The handling of the story is, it is at this point fair to say, a direct, open, indefensible attempt by the vast majority of the news media to decide the winner of the Presidential election based on who journalists prefer to see elected.
The cynics among us might say, “Well said, Captain Obvious.”
I think, and this is just me, that the media taken as a whole has long since decided that there is no level to which they will not sink to do their part to ensure Trump’s defeat. Ethically or not, they see (or at least seem to see) this moment as literally existential, where a Trump re-election ensures consequences so dire that even an abandonment of every ethical and moral principle from Andronicus of Rhodes to John Howard Yoder is a price worth paying.
Even the separation of powers in the Constitution will not dissuade them from this position. They are somehow so certain that no check on a President Trump will be sufficient to prevent the destruction of what they perceive as the soul of America — Wokeism, identity politics, abandonment of national borders, the “living Constitution,” safetyism, and recently, a flirtation with Jacobian punishment of dissent. Put simply, they see this president as the embodiment of all they oppose and have imagined him with a magical power to destroy every sacred edifice the Left has constructed in our society.
That cannot be allowed, whatever the cost to their collective reputation or even their future livelihood. In a way, you have to admire their misguided dedication to this idea in the sense that they are willing to lay it all on the line. Going “all in,” in the parlance of poker players.
The Fourth Estate has destroyed itself, and become a Fifth Column in the attempted Leftist takeover of the government. Anyone who hasn’t figured that out yet has lost the capacity to reason.
a flirtation with Jacobian punishment of dissent.
Well turned phrase, Glenn; wish I’d said it.
Who knows, by the end of the day, self-delusion may have convinced me that I did….
Thank you kindly.
Now, if I’d only used the correct spelling of “Jacobin” instead of using the math-related “Jacobian” … 🙂
It may very well may be grammatically sound; wouldn’t Jacobian, as an adjective, be modifying punishment?
Good question. I looked it up, but could find no such example in usage, so I assumed I got it wrong.
Glass half full?
“Jacobian” doesn’t trigger the spellcheck red squiggly…
Well, it is a word–about math. 🙂
The media has been left wing activists for years. This is why Trump got elected in the first place.
Sure, they are more mind bogglingly blatant about it now, but they have been this way for as long as I can remember.
Bush was an idiot. Romney had binders of women and was going to push granny off a cliff. The tea party was a far right terrorist group. Obamacare was going to make healthcare free. The Obama administration was scandal free and gave journalists a chill up their leg. Spying on journalists who said the wrong thing was fine. Running guns to drug cartels was cool. Weaponizing the IRS against political opponents was an awesome use of the government’s power. Open borders are morally right, high taxes are morally right, capitalism is evil and anyone who disagrees is a deplorable.
The “media” have felt that way for years, and anyone who has been paying attention knew this before Trump ever decided to run.
This is how Trump got elected in the first place. People were tired of being condescended to, patronized and lied to.
Trump was a giant middle finger to the elites. That is why they are mad, that is what Trump did to them, and that is why they have driven the journalism profession off a cliff.
Now people who weren’t paying attention, or who were giving them the benefit of the doubt, can see what they are up to.
A lot of people now see it, and do not care, because it gets them their way.
Voting for Trump just to piss off the elites may or may not have been ethical. I don’t know what else the people could have done to get their point across, so I’m calling it ethical. That may be an ends justify the means logical fallacy, but it turns out Trump governed exactly how he said he would, so I don’t feel bad about it. He is the first politician I’ve ever seen do what he said he would.
Voting for a senile, corrupt, liar knowingly, or unknowingly because you agree it’s good for the media you read and watch to be left wing activists, seems to be orders of magnitude worse on the ethical scale to me.
Mostly it is just a rapidly escalating game of tit for tat. The right voted for someone the left hates, just to make them mad. So the left is going to vote in a senile, foreign policy selling, money launderer along with his communist running mate, just to get back at them.
Disagreeing with the elites is not allowed, and hasn’t been allowed for decades. They want to make sure everyone knows that.
To steal Glenn Reynolds phrase, you should check out America’s new paper of record.
Foe of the Folk…?
Irreverence; thy name is The Babylon Bee!
I have to say, all the focus on what the press is and isn’t doing has been very effective in drawing attention away from the real story, which is Biden’s corruption along the lines of The Clinton Foundation. It’s very cynical and effective “Look over there!” stuff. The Manhattan Contrarian has consistently done a great job of outlining the case against Biden and showing it’s a slam dunk. The Biden campaign is simply playing rope-a-dope until November 3 under the assumption if they win, the FBI and the DOJ and the CIA and the media and Adam Schiff will all brush this under the carpet.
If the press isn’t reporting the story, the focus HAS to be on that, because the facts of the actual episode are not being sufficiently publicized! What’s the alternative?
Everybody talks about the cover up, but few discuss what’s being covered up!
For discussion of the actual story, see, eg: https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2020-10-28-biden-corruption-tony-bobulinski-upends-all-the-mainstream-talking-points
Just a snippet:
A final piece of the puzzle is that the joint venture never went forward (due to the demise of CEFC), but in the meantime, as revealed by Matthew Boyle at Breitbart on October 22 (also based on emails provided by Bobulinski), CEFC had made a “forgivable” $5 million “loan” to the “Biden family.”
See also: https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2020-10-23-biden-corruption-trickle-of-information-becomes-flow-becomes-flood-becomes-avalanche
The radical Left is on a mission to destroy America in order to “save” it. As for the media, right now suppressing the Bidens’ corruption and trying to blame Trump for the Wuhan Flu pandemic are all they have. I can foresee a day, perhaps in my lifetime, when this country becomes physically as well as philosophically divided.
I have been giving a lot of thought lately as to how things are and how they got that way. I live in a very conservative county in a very conservative state. I am a member of a very conservative church. After leaving this area at age nineteen, I returned at age thirty-four to my conservative “bubble.” Reagan was President, we won the the Cold War and things looked rosy. My daughter was born in ’91 and my focus was on home, family, and my work. I was oblivious to much of the continuing socialist subversion taking place in the “outside world” basically for the next decade.
Complacent conservatives like me who bitch about the leftists but have done very little to counter their influence and action are to blame. I concentrated on influencing politics in my community, with the regrettable presumption that my actions were enough to protect me and mine. Meanwhile the socialists were taking over public education from K – PhD and attempting to indoctrinate a whole generation of our kids. Our religious leaders began to soften the “harsher” aspects of living a life of faith. Many churches became little more than social clubs. The news media became more and more blatantly partisan. The popular culture slid further into depravity.
I believe there was a time, maybe as recently as twenty years ago, when our nation’s decline could have been arrested and reversed without revolutionary change. Conservatives could have stood up and resisted at the local, state and national level. They could have shouted from the rooftops where leftist “progress” was taking us, and championed conservative alternatives. Pastors could have instructed their churches on the civic duties of their members, and of the tenuous nature of religious freedom. But all that is water under the bridge now.
At present, I see little alternative to a physical separation of those who believe in our Constitutional republic and its freedoms, and those who want their very own socialist paradise. The civil war alternative is almost too horrible to contemplate, and I pray we can avoid it.
The Left is becoming more and more like radical Islam: their political philosophy is their religion, and there is no compromise, no “coexisting” with them. No doubt a Trump reelection will be followed by a surge of urban violence. No one knows how long it will last and what the butcher’s bill will be. No doubt the Left will try to blame it all on Trump. I know it sounds cynical, but I hope the violence can be confined to the big (mostly liberal) cities. If Antifa, BLM and other leftist “militias” start anything out here in “the sticks,” It certainly won’t end well for them. (A BLM-affiliated “Appalachian Panther” group recently protested against a Confederate soldiers monument in our town. They were outnumbered by counter-protesters about ten to one. They skulked out of town quietly -this time.)
I remain prayerful and hopeful, but also prepared and resolute. God help us all!
In a word, yes. And they MAY pull it off.
The answer to that question is clearly a resounding YES! And so are Google, Twitter, Facebook and several other social media companies. They think Biden will win and they will get away with it. Our only hope as a country is that Trump wins.
What would happen if Biden wins and is saddled with a Republican majority in both houses? I can see Americans deciding to make it hard for the Democrats to go too crazy.
Former CBS insider Bernard Goldberg had a point in his 2003 book Arrogance.
But there’s another reason journalists refuse to come clean on liberal bias…these people see themselves as incredibly decent and even noble. They’re the good guys trying to make the world a better place.
Goldberg goes on:
…they hang on to the ludicrous position…that they, among all human beings, are unique – that only they have the ability to set aside personal feelings and report the news free of biases, “because we’re professionals,” they say.
But so are cops, and they can’t keep their biases in check is what journalists tell us all the time.
It’s the same with judges and corporate executives with biases. No way they have the ability to set their personal feelings and beliefs completely aside.
And, as we all know, no white southern male over the age of five can keep his biases under control, certainly not as far as the elites are concerned. But journalists alone, the guys in the white hats, somehow can do what no other group can. Somehow, all their life experiences can neatly be set aside as they go about bringing us the news, absent any preconceived notions and prejudices- because “we’re professionals.”
At this current moment, I’m not even sure the media elites and their minions care if anyone thinks their biased. One reporter from Willamette Week, a weekly “news” journal out of Portland, recently responded when another reporter from KATU mentioned that the GOP may have a different view of the issue they were discussing, “I don’t care what they think.”
Greenwald is right. These outlets do deserve to lose our faith and confidence (and it’s been a long time coming). This new Biden story is just the cherry on top of a giant pro-Biden anti-Trump bullshit media sundae. Let’s stop eating it.
“Somehow, all (journalist’s) life experiences can neatly be set aside as they go about bringing us the news, absent any preconceived notions and prejudices- because ‘we’re professionals.’ ”
Far before National Treasure Bernie Goldberg was C. S. Lewis:
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. IT WOULD BE BETTER TO LIVE UNDER ROBBER BARONS THAN UNDER ONMNIPOTENT MORAL BUSYBODIES. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; BUT THOSE WHO TORMENT US FOR OUR OWN GOOD WILL TORMENT US WITHOUT END FOR THEY DO SO WITH THE APPORVAL OF THEIR OWN CONSCIENCE. (bolds/caps/italics mine)
Journalists/the media are today’s Moral Busybodies
Here’s a perfect example of the self-conferred moral superiority of the media Goldberg speaks of. John Harwood, a White House beat reporter and nothing more, not a Pope or Imam or philosopher, passes judgement upon the candidates:
“Joe Biden is not the greatest thinker or speaker or campaigner in the Democratic party,” Harwood said Wednesday on CNN. “He’s lost a few steps at age 77. But he is fundamentally a decent, honest person who cares about others and wants to try to help them. Donald Trump is none of those things. Donald Trump does not care about other people. He cares about helping himself.”
Got that? Joe Biden is fundamentally a decent, honest person who cares about others and wants to try to help them. As Ann Althouse would say, “I call bullshit.” It’s their cloak of vast moral superiority that make the left so damned annoying.
To paraphrase G. D. Spradlin’s General Corman in Apocalypse Now Redux:
Lefty’s ideas, methods have become unsound…UNSOUND.
Their should have been they’re.
It’s should have been its.
This Biden story is a story of brazen influence peddling and money laundering and tax evasion that should disqualify Biden as a presidential candidate. The Chinese have curried Biden’s favor in anticipation of his opening doors with Democrats in power and will be in a position to compromise Biden if he is elected. That’s the news here. The bias of the media is not news, as the date on Goldberg’s work indicates.
Regarding the title of this post, Jack:
What remaining credibility? That well has been dry for a while now. Trump’s presidency caused them to set the bulk of their credibility afire, and covid-19 and the BLM/Antifa riots obliterated whatever tiny scraps and shreds were still clinging on.
Can you please do a post about the Greenwald emails he posted between him and the Intercept?