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‘They deliberately lied’: Glenn Greenwald takes a blowtorch to top lib media outlets over ‘Russiagate’

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Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald blasted so-called “mainstream” liberal media outlets for keeping alive the claim that then-President Donald Trump “colluded” with Russia to capture the 2016 election from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton despite there being no evidence to substantiate the claims.

In a Twitter thread posted Sunday morning, Greenwald — whose interviews with former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed that agency’s massive domestic spying during the Obama administration — said he wanted to make three primary points.

“The vast majority of disinformation, propaganda and lies that flooded the country over the last 5 years did not come from MAGA boomers on Facebook or 4Chan teenagers but the largest and most influential liberal corporate media outlets,” he wrote to begin the thread.

These are not cases where media outlets erred. They deliberately lied. The way to know that is they refuse to acknowledge evidence proving they lied. Remember they just *ignored* @SchreckReports‘ book proving the Biden emails were real. Now this,” Greenwald continued, quoting a tweet from Washington Free Beacon investigative reporter Chuck Ross.

“And still nothing about Danchenko from the website that released the Steele dossier to the world. This is journalistic arson,” Ross wrote, citing the outlet Buzzfeed and referencing Russia analyst Igor Danchenko, the dossier’s principal researcher who was indicted last week by special counsel John Durham.

According to reports at the time, several major media outlets were aware of the existence of the dossier — compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, who was in the employ of the FBI — around the time of the 2016 election. But only one — Buzzfeed — decided to publish it in full, despite the fact that none of the salacious allegations against Trump that were contained in the document had been corroborated. Subsequently, none of them were.

“By far the best and most accurate reporting on all matters relating to Russiagate came not from the liberal corporate outlets that want to censor the internet in the name of disinformation or which shower themselves with Pulitzers for lies, but from the right-wing press,” Greenwald continued, going on to list a number of reporters including Ross and The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, among others, who were early in debunking the Russiagate story as Trump’s presidency began.

“A few people objected to my statement yesterday that hatred of them is just,” Greenwald wrote of the disdain expressed towards mainstream media outlets by tens of millions of Americans. “Think about this: they spent weeks before the 2020 election spreading the CIA lie that the Biden emails were “Russian disinformation,” but when a POLITICO reporter disproved that, they ignored his book.”

“These are the world’s most pompous, smug, self-righteous people. They never stop telling they’re the guardians of democracy and truth,” he continued. “But then when they get *caught lying* — when irrefutable evidence emerges debunking their lies — they ignore it. How is that not contemptible?”

“One key point I omitted: no discussion of the Russiagate fraud and the media’s role is complete without highlighting their key partners in all of this: the security state services (CIA/FBI/NSA/DOJ),” Greenwald continued. “The most under-discussed media story of this decade is how they all but merged.”

He included a screengrab of a Politico story titled, “The Spies Who Came In To the TV Studio,” featuring a photo of former CIA Director John Brennan, who served under President Obama and a frequent Trump critic who regularly predicted that then-president was going to be convicted for his alleged role in ‘Russiagate.’

“See here for a graphic illustration: the most popular liberal media figure and her literal colleague, the ex-CIA Director, somehow employed by a major ‘news’ outlet without shame, muse on whether Trump is guilty of ‘treason’ because he serves Russia,” Greenwald said to close out his thread, including a video of Brennan making the accusation during an MSNBC interview with host Rachel Maddow.

Jon Dougherty

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