Fed-up Glenn Greenwald calls out ‘amoral cretins’ in media, goes on to name names

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald took to social media on Monday to call out major media journalists by name for hypocritically lashing out at right-leaning figures for false claims while failing to hold their own colleagues accountable for similar actions.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, Greenwald began by responding to a post from CNN “K-File” reporter Andrew Kaczynski who posted screenshots of conservative lawmakers repeating a discredited claim that the Biden administration was handing out copies of Vice President Kamala Harris’s children’s book to migrant youngsters being brought into the country illegally.

“They absolutely should delete those false tweets. Unfortunately, there are dozens of CNN, NBC, MSNBC & WPost reporters and even ‘disinformation activists’ who have left up their false tweets about Giuliani’s FBI briefing & refuse to correct or delete it even when asked to,” Greenwald began. “That’s why these self-serving claims from the CNN/MSNBC/NBC/WPost/NBC axis that their false stories are somehow superior to what they call ‘Fake News’ is complete bulls**t. The employees of these outlets constantly spread false stories without any accountability.”

Greenwald’s comments come on the heels of retractions from several major media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NBC News, all of which falsely claimed the FBI gave Rudy Giuliani a defensive briefing about Russian disinformation campaigns regarding Ukraine ahead of raiding his Manhattan apartment late last month.

In fact, Greenwald cited that example in another tweet featuring screenshots of posts from WaPo fact-checker Glenn Kessler citing the paper’s false report as well as Greenwald’s response inquiring as to whether Kessler planned on deleting his post.

“Just unbelievable and infuriating,” Greenwald wrote.

“It’s been hours since I notified close to a dozen journalists with major corporate outlets that their false tweet about Giuliani’s FBI briefing remains up — and remains uncorrected,” he continued. “*Not one* has taken it down. They absolutely believe they have the right to lie. This proves it.”

He added in another tweet, “What makes it even more amazing is that so many of these same journalists days ago endorsed @jaketapper’s (valid) scolding of an RNC official for leaving up a false tweet. Yet these NBC/CNN/WPost journalists believe their lies are noble and just: they’re on the good side.”

In another tweet containing a screenshot of a post from NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett, who tweet-quoted the false WaPo story, Greenwald wrote, “If you’re advised you spread fake news in a viral tweet and you leave it up anyway or don’t bother telling your followers the story has been retracted, that makes you, by definition, a disinformation agent and a liar. These are the people wanting to censor the internet.”

“Dozens of journalists who spread the false, fake story about the FBI briefing to Giuliani refused to delete it or correct days later even after advised. Kudos to the few who had the integrity to do it once pressured. It’s not that hard unless you *want* to spread disinformation,” he added.

Greenwald then called out MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace by name.

Seemingly weekly I’m posting clips from @NicolleDWallace‘s show of her & her guests looking into the camera and, with great drama and emotion, telling the MSNBC audience absolute falsehoods. The latest from Friday, with ex-FBI agent @selectedwisdom (whose false tweet remains up),” he wrote.

“On and on we go. This happens so often nobody even remembers them weeks later,” he continued in a tweet containing a screengrab of a WaPo correction.

“I know this shouldn’t amaze me but it does. I know why it infuriates me: I would never dream of knowing that I spread a false, retracted story and just keep it up and refuse even to tell my audience it’s false. How do they do this? They’re amoral cretins. *This* is Fake News,” he added.

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