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Journalist Glenn Greenwald added his voice to the many defending CBS investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge after a member of the Biden campaign verbally attacked her.
The co-founder of the liberal-leaning The Intercept praised Herridge for her “extremely reliable” reporting during an appearance on Fox News where he also slammed Biden’s campaign staff, specifically rapid response director Andrew Bates, and called out the liberal pile-up on dissenters in the ranks.
(Source: Fox News)
“I think Catherine Herridge is a reporter of the highest integrity and professionalism,” Greenwald told Fox News host Martha MacCallum on “The Story” Friday.
“I find it extremely ironic because every time President Trump has insulted or attacked a journalist popular among mainstream media outlets, they proclaim that the republic is coming to an end, that it’s an assault on the free press,” he added.
“Every time he says something mean about Jim Acosta or tweets something about Chuck Todd or Wolf Blitzer, every reporter steps forward to express their solidarity as though they’ve been shipped off to a gulag,” Greenwald said. “And in here we have the Biden campaign viciously attacking a reporter who really is as straight of a shooter as it gets. She doesn’t really ever editorialize, she doesn’t squabble with anybody, she just reports documents that are true.”
“For years, there’s been no dissent and no questioning tolerated in the mainstream media when it comes to the Russiagate scandal, the Mueller probe, and she doesn’t play that game,” he continued. “And that’s why they want to punish her.”
MacCallum agreed about Herridge, who left Fox News last fall after two decades, calling her a “person of very high integrity” with a “tremendous work ethic.”
She asked Greenwald about why the former vice president’s campaign team and Democrats in general are “vehemently ruffled” by Herridge, who broke the news on the “unmasking” of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“Over the last month, there has been a series of newly released documents that have been in strong tension with the conspiracy theories about Trump and Russia that have prevailed in the media world for three years now,” Greenwald replied, noting that Herridge has been behind many of the scoops that have punched holes in the narrative.
“What they’re really angry about here is that she’s been reporting over the last month a series of factual documents, authentic materials that negate what the media has been peddling about Russia-gate for three years,” he told MacCallum.
“They also want to send a signal that, as our industry of journalism experiences severe layoffs, as people are losing their jobs, they want to create a climate where nobody can dissent from their ability to construct narratives without being stigmatized and ostracized, as the Biden campaign signaled,” he added.
“Imagine if you’re a young journalist and you see jobs disappearing, the last thing you want to do when you look at how they’re treating her, is step forward and question any of these kind of pieties or orthodoxies that the media is peddling,” Greenwald said. “I think it’s really an attempt by the Biden campaign to create a climate where nobody’s allowed to be off-note or off-key.”
When Herridge broke the story this week about the list of Obama administration officials who had sought Flynn’s “unmasking,” Bates attacked her as a “right-wing hack” on Twitter and called her a “regular conduit for conservative media manipulation.”
Though he later deleted the tweet, he offered no apologies and was torched on social media by many who condemned the attack, including journalists and even CNN’s Jake Tapper who called the attack “gross.”
Top Biden aide goes off on Catherine Herridge over declassified unmasking list, deletes tweet https://t.co/lrhR5wkHtD
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 14, 2020
Greenwald also slammed a “really nasty, vicious hit piece” on Herridge by The Daily Beast which claimed in a report on Friday that the investigative reporter has “frustrated” Democrats and “some of her own co-workers.”
He noted that he did not see “insults” of journalists as necessarily an attack on the free press, but focused on the double standard regularly employed by the left.
“They’ve created the standard that when Trump insults a journalist, we all have to band together in solidarity in order to defend a free press. Why is that standard being waived when the Biden campaign viciously attacks one of their colleagues?” Greenwald asked.
“It really is a double standard that I think is incredibly ignoble and shows some pretty corruptive motives,” he concluded.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 16, 2020
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