The left-leaning independent journalist who broke the Edward Snowden story resigned from his own publication on Thursday over what he called “repression, censorship, and ideological homogeneity,” according to Fox News.
In a blog post, The Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald said he was driven to leave the publication by ideologically-driven editors who censored a story he wrote criticizing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Greenwald quits The Intercept
In the lengthy post, which was published on a different platform, Greenwald lamented that the publication he helped create to be a platform of free expression had become “completely unrecognizable,” saying it now resembles agenda-driven mainstream media.
The journalist said that he decided to quit after the site’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.”
Greenwald went on: “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.”
Questions about Biden’s business dealings have been dismissed roundly by the mainstream media as “Russian disinformation.” Greenwald, a noted critic of the Trump–Russia hoax and the mainstream media’s tendency to enforce liberal dogmas rather than tell a story straight, regretted that The Intercept had become “just another media outlet with mandated ideological and partisan loyalties.”
He noted that The Intercept pushed “some of the most credulous and false affirmations of maximalist Russiagate madness,” as well as the “Russian disinformation” claim about the recent Hunter Biden scandal.
Greenwald talks to Tucker
The Intercept’s editor-in-chief, Betsy Reed, responded to Greenwald in a glib statement, calling his claims “preposterous,” according to The Hill.
“Glenn Greenwald’s decision to resign from The Intercept stems from a fundamental disagreement over the role of editors in the production of journalism and the nature of censorship. Glenn demands the absolute right to determine what he will publish. He believes that anyone who disagrees with him is corrupt, and anyone who presumes to edit his words is a censor,” Reed said, as The Hill reported.
“We have the greatest respect for the journalist Glenn Greenwald used to be, and we remain proud of much of the work we did with him over the past six years,” she added. “It is Glenn who has strayed from his original journalistic roots, not The Intercept.”
According to Fox, Greenwald appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Thursday to talk about his decision. There, he said that the left has devolved into an establishment-friendly movement ever since Donald Trump was elected president, noting that they now collaborate with “Deep State” institutions like the CIA.
“They are authoritarian, they believe in censorship, and they believe in suppression of information that exposes them in any kind of a critical light,” Greenwald contended.