Neocon Now!: Aaron Maté interviews Glenn Greenwald on Left Media Promoting Propaganda It Once Exposed

From The Grayzone:

Glenn Greenwald on the decline of left media in the Russiagate era, where bastions of dissent have gone from challenging the national security state to promoting it.

Glenn Greenwald discusses how Trump and Russiagate has changed progressive media for the worse. Greenwald has recently been frozen out by the progressive news broadcast Democracy Now! after being a longtime, regular guest.

As it shuts out longtime guests like Greenwald, DN! recently gave a warm reception to a former George W. Bush aide who praised, without challenge, Bush’s “compassionate conservatism.” Greenwald also discusses leaving The Intercept after it tried to censor his reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop affair, all while parroting evidence-free, anonymous intelligence claims that the story was “Russian disinformation.”

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37 thoughts on “Neocon Now!: Aaron Maté interviews Glenn Greenwald on Left Media Promoting Propaganda It Once Exposed”

  1. “Russiagate” is most certainly a bad joke, but I can’t give any points to Greenwald for noticing. The man was a supporter of George “codpiece commander” Bush, and if he didn’t actively cheer for the BS Iraq War, he certainly didn’t oppose it.
    Until I see evidence to the contrary, I’m assuming he joined the Intercept to 1) get some big bucks, and 2) to help bury the Snowden materials.

    Basically, I just don’t trust the man.

    1. He founded the Intercept. After he was betrayed by his own editor who violated the terms of his employment he quit – abandoning a lucrative salary. He’s not in it for the money.
      Prior to all this, he was the lone advocate for Assange and Wikileaks. I’ve never ever heard of him saying anything to boost Bush’s war.
      Snowden trusted him and that is good enough for me.

      1. I like Glenn too. But he was for the Bush’s war before he was against it. So was Trump. But Glenn’s eventual opposition was real and passionate. Not so much for Trump.

      2. FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds asserts Pierre Omidyar decided to create The Intercept to not only take ownership of the Snowden leaks but also to continue his blockade against WikiLeaks and create a “honey trap” for whistleblowers.

        A billionaire named Omidyar created the Intercept. Wikileaks has been neutered and Assange is being slowly murdered in a British prison.
        As for the “honey trap” business, Omidyar turned leaker Reality Winner over to the Feds, and she is now in prison.
        Snowden did indeed trust Greenwald and the others, and that trust was betrayed, for his materials haven’t been even mentioned for ages.

        IMO a person needs to be cautious about the ‘heroes” they worship.

        1. Oh hell, even I was for war immediately after 9/11. Weren’t we all?.. I’ll give him a pass.
          As for Sibel, she’s proved to be a bit whacky. She made some gratuitous slurs against Greenwald being gay. Like WTF does that have to do with anything?.. I think she resented being out of the spotlight.
          What the Intercept did to Reality Winner had more to with ineptitude on the part of the editors who blew her cover – plus Reality was a bit of a nut herself and her info was pretty useless. Not big dark secrets but unsubstantiated allegations that really should remain confidential until thoroughly investigated.

          1. “Oh hell, even I was for war immediately after 9/11. Weren’t we all?.”


          2. Who gives a sh-t.

            I read Chalmers Johnson’s first book in his Blowback series. Before 9/11. I have all of the volumes.

          3. >>>Oh hell, even I was for war immediately after 9/11. Weren’t we all?

            No. Re: the 9/11 attack: That blowback would occur from a part of the world the U.S. government has illegally and cruelly attacked and severely harmed for years was no surprise. It was clear the attackers chose government targets (ie. the Pentagon which executes illegal wars and Wall Street that pays for them) not civilian targets (ie. the Mall of America, etc.). I stood with Barbara Lee in 2001 in opposition to force and stated the solution was communication and discussion between the U.S. Govt and those who attacked us in order to let them know we would no longer bomb their countries, overthrow their governments and install U.S. puppets, interfere in their countries by fomenting civil wars, or starving their civilians with sanctions.

            As for Iraq in 2003 (years after the 9/11 attack), you would have had to be a total fool to fall for that nonsense.

          4. I was for retribution – not the AUMF that Ms. Lee courageously opposed.
            The fanatics that attacked us weren’t from the milieu of victims from US policies but the pampered Saudi allies who have been our clients and accomplices. It wasn’t plotted in a refugee camp in some wasteland but an apartment in Hamburg Germany.
            Your call for appeasement would have been about as effective as Chamberlain’s.
            My problem wasn’t going to war but who we went to war on.

          5. I suppose you get a pass if from NYC. I’m from South Carolina; so, I didn’t see it as a big deal. I remember finding it curious how shocked everyone was that we were “being attacked.”

            People get attacked all over the world. I didn’t see how it was so significant that *we* were now attacked. If I were from, or in, NYC, maybe I’d have felt differently.

          6. When I visited New York City to give a talk against the invasion of Iraq in 2003, to a (specifically libertarian) audience one would normally expect to be very antiwar, several members of that audience weren’t only still agitated over “being attacked,” they had apparently remained agitated enough the whole time in between that they were easily convinced the Iraqi regime must have had something to do with it.

          7. I can remember people telling me “So D*** Insane” and reading of the horrible things Saddam and his children supposedly did. And I can remember one person calling them “sand n****” (racial term) to dehumanise.

            Ann Coulter hoped Iraqis would be converted to Christianity. And one fool at a blog kept repeating how he hoped for a house on some seraphic spot in Iraq.

            People were angry, and it was acceptable to say horrible things about Muslims, things one could never say about most other groups. When the Patriot Act passed, I remember a certain right wing blogger, whom I can name, arguing it would only be used against Muslims, to protect us.

            The idiocy of the right :)

          8. Given the way most US citizens I’ve met feel about my lovely little town, I was relieved they didn’t declare 9/11 a National Holiday.

          9. we won’t win more friends and allies over to anti-war by trying to one-up each other on which one is the most anti-war.

          10. Hell no. I’ve been against every war since I was a teenager, including the Iraq War. I knew there were no WMD. I knew he was an enemy of al Qaeda. Because I read this website.

            Pat Buchanan –> Chronicles –> Justin Raimondo. I read Raimondo for years. If a teenager armed with the Internet can figure things out, no passes. Respectfully.

          11. Pat Buchanan said something like “bomb Afghanistan in retaliation,” if I recall correctly. Raimondo probably read Pat. If you could find a target to retaliate against (non state attacker), that does make sense. But removing Saddam, removing the Taliban, etc. was overkill. And Saddam of course was an enemy of al Qaeda.

            Most US targets have been enemies of al Qaeda, and the US has even aided al Qaeda/ISIS in Syria. I realise you almost certainly agree with what I’m saying…

          12. Yes I do. I was also adamantly against the invasion of Iraq. A lot of water had passed under the bridge since 9/11 but I was knew Saddam was a sworn enemy of al Qaeda and visa versa.
            Incidentally, I didn’t find anything on the record indicating Greenwald being a warhawk or even a Bush supporter… In fact, according to him he didn’t even vote in that election or the one preceding. “Apathetic” was the word he used to describe himself.

            So much for the troll’s accusation.

          13. Saddam also kept the Shiites and Sunnis at bay, away from each other’s throats.

          14. Wait until you are in one, with people shooting at you. You come away with a different perspective.

            That is why I look forward to articles by Maj. (ret.)Danny Sjursen, Col. (ret.) Bacevich.

          15. For me, I don’t think it’d change things. I can’t even say why Chinese overlords are worse than American. I have nothing to fight for, unless an actual war breaks out where I actually live, which I obviously don’t want to happen.

            The US usually seems to side with the bad guys or side against US interests. So, I especially don’t see cause for joining… It’s only a question of whether the government here is bad enough to merit relocating.

  2. There is very little difference between Left and Right wing media when it comes to propaganda being exposed or covered up. I used to watch Democracy Now! I no longer watch it and it called George W Bush a “compassionate conservative” although he is not one and neither was his father, George HW Bush. The senior Bush talked about family values and castigated LGBT people and let the Iraqi people suffer with sanctions that blocked food from being sent there and bombing the country after the Gulf War ended and bombing Panama to find Noriega and bring him to the USA.

    1. They adjust their positioning to market what they truly care about.

      I always thought it interesting that Senator Hollings (D-SC) was so against the Iraq War, but he had to first retire to oppose it. For the record, Hollings was more conservative, in my view, than the two idiot Republican US Senators SC has today. I have no idea his history on segregation, not referring to that.

    2. Just as there is very little difference between the political parties in the U.S.
      Ralph Nader: The only difference between the GOP and the Democratic Party is the velocities with which they hit their knees when corporations come calling.

      Concerning sanctions, Clinton sanctions led to the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children. Madeline Albright said it was worth it.

  3. Thank goodness at least some journalists are staying true to their profession, are principled, and have integrity. I also used to watch Democracy Now! but it became crystal clear years before Trump became president that they were becoming just another propaganda outlet. Obama’s 2011 attempted illegal overthrow of Bashar Assad in Syria using proxy jihadists from all over the world backed by U.S. funding, U.S. training, and U.S. arming the nusra front, tahrir al sham, and other affiliates of al qaeda in Syria, began back in 2011 and persisted throughout Obama’s presidency. The lies spewed by Democracy Now! during those years (and currently) were astonishing to watch. What a sad state of affairs is our Ministry of Truth. Thank you Glenn Greenwald and Aaron Mate for staying true to your profession.

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