|Hunter and Hunted?|
What a huge Glenn Greenwald story!
I’ve known Glenn Greenwald’s writings for quite a while. I went off him a bit a few years back when he got involved in a nasty spat with Sam Harris over Islam, where I felt Greenwald was rather wrong. But, like Sam, he’s an independent spirit. A man of the Left — he wrote for The Guardian and Salon — but, also like Sam, infuriated by some of the shenanigans on the Far Left.
He’s the guy who broke the Snowdon-NSA papers in the Guardian. And most recently the corruption in Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s government, in the news source he co-founded, The Intercept. And now he’s left it in a big huff. He’s no lover of Trump…
And yet… and yet… he wrote a long article on the Hunter Biden / Joe Biden emails imbroglio (why is it always emails that trip up the Dems?) and of the cover up of the story by big Tech (mainly FB and Twitter). This story was censored by The Intercept, a news outlet he he-cofounded in 2014, despite his having a contract that explicitly allows him to publish anything he wishes. And as a result he has resigned.
The Intercept editors dispute that he was “censored”. So Greenwald has published his draft article on Substack. “Article on Joe and Hunter Biden censored by The Intercept”. Pretty much all you’d want to know about the Bidens’ doings in Ukraine and China, and the MSM response (or lack thereof). Greenwald has also published his email exchange with the editors of The Intercept, so we can make our own decision as to whether he was indeed censored.
Greenwald quotes a New York Times article pointing out that financial support for Biden is mainly from people above the average wage. Below the average wage, contributions favour Trump. So apart from all the other divisions, it’s also a rich-poor division.
One of the first comments in the article is from one “Alex G”, saying he doesn’t care that the media have buried the story because “the people are rubes” amd would just vote Trump back in — which I find a pretty disgusting view, rather too widely held: just a step away from votes saying should be limited to the elite. “Alex” despises “the people”. They’re just Hillary’s “deplorables”. Where is the concern for the poor? That used to be something Dems did, worry about the poor, the working classes. No longer, alas. There in it for the top of the meritocracy.
Another interesting Greenwald observation: that the reason the MSM has spent the last four years beating up Russia collusion with Trump, and now “Russian disinformation” with Biden, is because the MSM (NYT, WaPo, Boston Globe, LA Times) are exclusively in the beltways populated by Trump haters who blame the media for having too closely criticised Hillary, while not having closely enough criticised Trump, back in 2016. That is, journalists’ neighbours in New York, in Washington, in Boston, in LA excoriated them for the ascent of Orange Man Bad. The media are trying to make it up to their neighbours. They don’t want to be embarrassed again. Remember how early in post 2016 FB was hammered for allegedly allowing Russian propaganda on their platform. They don’t want to make that mistake again. So nothing about Hunter-Joe is allowed until it’s “fact-checked”.