Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald knows something about cancel culture.
In October, he resigned from The Intercept, the online publication he co-founded six years earlier, when the editors disagreed with his reporting on Joe Biden’s ties to China and Ukraine. He was accused of spreading “disinformation” from the Trump campaign.
Now Greenwald, albeit no conservative, is arguing that such efforts to quash dissent to the prevailing liberal wisdom are spreading, and gaining ground as corporations are allying with Democrats and the mainstream media.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Greenwald about a “particularly ominous” bill floated by Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida that would ban people within the federal government who accept QAnon theories from having access to classified information, thus costing them employment opportunities.
(Source: Fox News)
The foundation for such measures, Greenwald said, is that the Democrat Party “genuinely believes they have a monopoly on objective truth.”
“They believe they are the party of science and rationality and the only way to disagree with them is you are either a deranged conspiracy theorist or a seditionist, someone who is engaged in criminal conduct or terrorism,” he added.
“Therefore, they genuinely believe — it’s not a show, it’s not a pretext — they all have convinced one another through this echo chamber that they’ve created – essentially the entire media, except this network, which is why they want to shut it down — that if you disagree with their orthodoxies and their consensus, you are a threat and a danger,” he said.
“It’s so ironic,” Greenwald continued, “they spent four years claiming they’re fighting fascism and authoritarianism, and what are they trying to do now? They trying to harness corporate and monopoly power to silence everyone who disagrees with them – the very hallmark, the epitome, of the fascism they claim to be fighting, but which, in reality, they embody.”
“They genuinely want everyone who disagrees with them, silenced,” said Greenwald.
And such moves, he added, are not being made in the shadows. Prominent liberals within the Democratic Party and Republican accomplices in the “Liz Cheney wing” of the GOP are openly discussing how they can quash those who don’t go along.
Greenwald contended these powerbrokers are not so subtly indicating that they will use their power to regulate commerce as a cudgel to bring companies into line in forcing conservatives from the public square, especially on the internet.
“If that isn’t authoritarianism, what is?” Greenwald argued.
He cited the deplatforming of Parler, considered the conservative alternative to Twitter, as an example.
“They destroyed an entire social media platform, they just took it off the internet, because they instructed Silicon Valley monopolies that it was their obligation to remove it,” Greenwald said.
“It’s very chilling,” he concluded, “and you really can’t overstate how bloodthirsty they are in the control they are trying to exert over our discourse.”
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