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Greenwald quits The Intercept, claiming censorship over Biden

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young
2020-10-30

Famed investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald is having a very public spat with his now-former-employer, The Intercept, over the very serious point of editorial censorship around the Joe Biden campaign.

“The final, precipitating cause is that 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.”

Glenn Greenwald’s resignation letter

The Intercept is pulling no punches in response:

“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. It would take too long to point them all out here, but we intend to correct the record in time. For now, it is important to make clear that our goal in editing his work was to ensure that it would be accurate and fair. While he accuses us of political bias, it was he who was attempting to recycle the dubious claims of a political campaign — the Trump campaign — and launder them as journalism.”

Glenn Greenwald Resigns From The Intercept – A Note from the Editors

As an uninvolved bystander (with popcorn in hand), I can see Greenwald’s point: the left-leaning publishers have been loathe to touch the New York Post’s exposé over Hunter Biden’s (alleged) laptop. (I was quite convinced that they had his laptop based on the evidence they presented.) I know the Post’s expose is being dumped into a politically charged environment, the source is the dodgiest guy alive, and it’s unthinkable that Trump could be allowed to run a second term, but that doesn’t mean that you give his opposition a free pass. The situation is strikingly similar to South Africa’s Jacob Zuma (“Number One” versus the “Big Guy”), his son (Zuma’s Duduzane to Biden’s Hunter), email leaks, and undeservedly getting onto boards of problematic companies.

Greenwald, meanwhile, has published the email exchanges with his editors. If there’s anything good to take away from the whole debacle, there are a whole bunch of thesis topics for journalism majors in here.

Jason Norwood-Young
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