The most significant Trump-era alliance is between corporate outlets and security state agencies, whose evidence-free claims they unquestioningly disseminate.
Glenn, I love your commitment to calling out these corrupt pricks, but you are pulling the most important punch in this story. The national media hasn’t decided to simply shill for the intelligence community for some random and unknowable reason - and you know it. There is a mutually beneficial corruption partnership that has been formed by the national media, Democratic Party, neocon Republicans who hate Trump, and certain corrupt intelligence officers who either had their power threatened or want to cash in at CNN, or both. None of the lies that come from “unnamed intelligence officers” (former or current) are ever helpful to Trump or harmful to the Democratic Party. This was all born out of Trump Derangement Syndrome, which is a virus that has spread widely and created a lot of strange bedfellows.
I think it's past time to consider that the media is just a front for the entire "deep state". It might be even time to consider if the Democrats themselves are just a front for them.
It's funny. Back in the day, "hard-hitting" journalists used to be admired for taking on a corrupt politician and Watergate was like "WOAH".... Glenn single handedly taking on the whole GOD DAMN state apparatchik by himself. Go Glenn go!
At the time of the bounties first being reported, I remember turning to my wife and asking, “Why would any country need to offer a bounty to kill our people, when those very same people would gladly kill us for free?” Heck, the taliban would likely pay for information leading to the death of an American troop. It was a ridiculous lie and a testament to the left’s limitless ability to believe anything that will work to advance their agenda. It made no sense then and anyone who simply took the time to examine the basic premise of the lie, should have seen it for what it was.
"and now that its enduring effects are impeding the Biden administration" -- I believe this is the key sentence of this great article. We would never have received an admission that this was misinformation except that it now serves the Biden Administration to admit to the lie.
The old adage needs an update: We get the media we deserve. Shame on the lazy, credulous guzzlers of the sewage the media spews.
Keep kicking ass, Glenn.
As a retired journalist, I am baffled and embarrassed by today's media, which makes me also embarrassed to tell people I was a journalist.
Well, it worked. We now have a corrupt career politician back as POTUS. Election fraud, unconstitutional voting processes, non-stop media hatred, a litany of media lies, the intel community and gov bureaucracy sedition (the resistance) and (thanks to our public indoctrination centers ) a sub-literate electorate—-No more non-politicians as POTUS.
Mr. Greenwald, where is the accountability for journalists? There has been no repercussions for a decade of lies in the media, none. It is clear the lawyers, DNC and media rule this country.
You can always tell who is in charge by who you cannot criticize.
What will it take for this "reckless PR masquerading as journalism" to change?
I wish I would've saved a screenshot but what I saw a few days ago in my Google News headlines made me laugh out loud. Every morning I check Google news headlines mostly to get sense of the what the biggest stories are for the that day. So, a few days ago, Biden announced a full withdrawal of US troops by September 11th from Afghanistan.
I swear to you, I was expecting the 3-4 headlines shown to say something like "Biden announces full withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan on September 11th." You know, a pretty objective headline with facts as the top heading. What I got instead was "What about me? say Afghans as US prepares to Withdraw" or "Will Afghanistan become a terrorist Safe Haven once again"
Interesting how the algorithm works in these weird ways. For Afghanistan, I would have preferred a headline like "2 Trillion dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives destroyed... what was the fucking point of it all?" Looking back, we could've just given the almost 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks families $100 million each spaced over these 20 years, and easily would have had a more productive, healthier, happier society no matter what they did with the money.
Man, propaganda is out there in droves from headlines to articles. I'm glad for the number of substack authors I have followed/subscribed to as I feel like I can get a better sense for certain stories as Glenn just posted today about the Russian bounties bullshit.
"We cannot leave Afghanistan!" "Now we must leave Afghanistan!" Isn’t it amazing how when the script is flipped everything switches at the same time. Position, talking points, messaging, terminology, all have to be in sync with each other. Unfortunately for our political and “journalism” class this has a slight problem. It makes them sound like preprogrammed, hivemind robots. The best part? They cannot figure out why everyone is starting to see through their crap.
I saw - heard, more accurately - this same crap last night on NPR of all places; blatant spreading of war mongering, unmitigated bullshit. It was so disgusting I turned them off. ...I'm usually on KPFA anyway, but I'd already heard the story KPFA was running...
UGH, PERSONALLY I just "turn this shit off," but, as a society, they have too much influence and should not be ignored.
Question is, will people like Glenn railing against this shit actually CHANGE things?!
We can hope, and it surely can't hurt, but I we only win this ONE PERSON AT A TIME, reaching out to the people who believe the propaganda and de-programming them. ... We have our work cut out for us.
I have a daughter in the military and this article literally makes me nauseous. These propagandists wanted to maintain our presence in Afghanistan because it helped the military industrial complex so put soldiers, OUR SOLDIERS, in harms way. They are our sons and daughters, moms and dads, brothers and sisters that are expendable to these people. They don't care because it isn't their family that is sent there. I lost my mind on twitter back when I had it because some beastly woman reporter named Liz Sly is so evil that she LAUGHED when she heard that the pentagon was deceiving Trump about troop withdrawals. She is one of those people that is beneath contempt. She doesn't care that people are killed or maimed because it doesn't affect her little life. I literally lack the vocabulary to describe how hellish these people are. Every single reporter on CNN, MSNBC etc. knew they were lying and didn't care because it doesn't affect them. May God have mercy on their souls because I wouldn't want to stand in their place on judgment day.
Further evidence you can say whatever the fuck you want in the media and there are 0 repercussions. We are headed towards doom when accountability for everything is gone.
Sadly for the loyal FOX, CNN, MSNBC and NPR viewers they will never be exposed to this side of the news. Cant tell you how many people I have mentioned how the Russian collusion story was a hoax only to be laughed at by them. Honestly its depressing how little accountability there is now in the media and in fact each side is rewarded with staying on message.