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Conservative journalists and commentators everywhere have long been frustrated about censorship and media bias, especially amid the allegations of criminal activity by the Biden family. But it’s getting bad enough now that even liberal journalists are starting to notice. This week, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald is making multiple headlines, first for criticizing the mainstream media’s “cone of silence” regarding the Hunter Biden emails, and then when he resigned from the news organization which he co-founded in 2013.
When well-respected and prominent journalists cry foul on censorship and bias, it seems to make it more credible. Greenwald is renowned for his reporting in 2013 on leaked mass-surveillance documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. It was this story that won him a Pulitzer Prize. So when he went on Tucker Carlson’s show and blasted the mainstream media for the “blatant rank-closing” and “cone of silence,” it ruffled a few feathers.
I don’t think that the emails — so far — reveal a huge scandal. They so far just establish standard sleaze and DC corruption.
The huge scandal to me is the blatant rank-closing and cone of silence — a prohibition — erected *by journalists* around this story to defend Biden.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 19, 2020
Among other things, Greenwald accused the media of
“allowing the CIA … to be manipulating our politics by taking cover for the Biden campaign by claiming anonymously that the Russians are behind the story … even if the Russians were behind the story, why does that alleviate the responsibility of journalists to evaluate the emails and examine whether or not Joe Biden engaged in misconduct?”
He also accused journalists of working together to
“defend Joe Biden … working with the FBI, CIA, and the NSA not to manipulate our adversaries or foreign governments, but to manipulate the American people for their own ends.”
I guess sleazy journalists don’t like being called out quite so publicly or by someone who is credible in their industry.
About one week later, Greenwald turned in his resignation to The Intercept, which he co-founded, after he was censored by the publication’s editors for what he considered to be blatant bias and contrary to legitimate journalism.
“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.”
“[T]he brute censorship this week of my article — about the Hunter Biden materials and Joe Biden’s conduct regarding Ukraine and China, as well my critique of the media’s rank-closing attempt, in a deeply unholy union with Silicon Valley and the ‘intelligence community,’ to suppress its revelations — eroded the last justification I could cling to for staying.”
In emails which Greenwald made public, editors at The Intercept explain to the journalist,
“[The] core problem is the connection it often asserts or assumes between the Hunter Biden emails and corruption by Joe Biden.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is indeed the core problem. They are specifically quashing a story that makes entirely credible assertions or assumptions, because those assertions or assumptions might reflect poorly on their favored presidential candidate. Does it matter to them that many of the facts of the story have been verified, or that the American people deserve to be made aware in order to make an informed election decision? Apparently not.