Friday, October 30, 2020
Marcy Wheeler: As you've no doubt learned, Glenn Greenwald left The Intercept in a huff after editors wouldn't let him publish an article repeating the last illogical rant he made about "censorship" of a non-story about Joe Biden (I unpacked the earlier piece here, and did an interminable thread on the interminable piece he wanted to publish as part of this thread). Glenn has released a selection of the emails, not all with accompanying metadata, that led up to his departure (I had to sign an NDA when I worked at The Intercept and I'm wondering if he had to or whether all NDAs -- including those about the now defunct Snowden archive -- are invalid now). I consider this a self-hack, because they actually show Glenn conceding the point his editor, Peter Maass made, and then labeling it censorship.
A statement from The Intercept: "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. "We have the greatest respect for the journalist Glenn Greenwald used to be."
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