Glenn Greenwald slams ‘regime of censorship’ in brilliant thread on how the authoritarian left silences dissent

Journalist Glenn Greenwald blasted the unholy alliance between the government, media, and Big Tech for colluding to squash dissent and warned about the “regime of censorship being imposed on the internet” in a lengthy Twitter thread.

Greenwald elaborated on Tuesday on how everything has changed when it comes to Big Tech censorship. He pointed out that the government can now launder its dirty-dealings through institutions, bypassing freedom of speech with the help of the media.

“The regime of censorship being imposed on the internet – by a consortium of DC Dems, billionaire-funded ‘disinformation experts,’ the US Security State, and liberal employees of media corporations – is dangerously intensifying in ways I believe are not adequately understood,” he tweeted beginning a long diatribe on the subject.

“A series of ‘crises’ have been cynically and aggressively exploited to inexorably restrict the range of permitted views, and expand pretexts for online silencing and deplatforming. Trump’s election, Russiagate, 1/6, COVID and war in Ukraine all fostered new methods of repression,” Greenwald stated.

“Dems routinely abuse their majoritarian power in DC to explicitly coerce Big Tech silencing of their opponents and dissent. This is *Govt censorship* disguised as corporate autonomy,” he charged.

Greenwald focused his ire on journalists and others who are bought and paid for by powerful billionaires who seek to target dissenters.

“There’s now an entire new industry, aligned with Dems, to pressure Big Tech to censor. Think tanks and self-proclaimed ‘disinformation experts’ funded by Omidyar, Soros and the US/UK Security State use benign-sounding names to glorify ideological censorship as neutral expertise,” the journalist elaborated.

“The worst, most vile arm of this regime are the censorship-mad liberal employees of big media corporations ([Ben Collins], @BrandyZadrozny, @TaylorLorenz, NYT tech unit). Masquerading as ‘journalists,’ they align with the scummiest Dem groups (@mmfa) to silence and deplatform,” Greenwald asserted.

He goes on to call the left fascist and claims they are trying “to *unite state and corporate power* to censor their critics and degrade the internet into an increasingly repressive weapon of information control.”

“A major myth that must be quickly dismantled: political censorship is not the by-product of autonomous choices of Big Tech companies. This is happening because DC Dems and the US Security State are threatening reprisals if they refuse. They’re explicit,” Greenwald noted alluding to the fact that Big Tech has been subject to the threat of political punishment if it did not comply.

“But the worst is watching people whose job title in corporate HR Departments is ‘journalist’ take the lead in agitating for censorship. They exploit the platforms of corporate giants to pioneer increasingly dangerous means of banning dissenters. *These* are the authoritarians,” he warned.

Greenwald also delved into the mindset of “would-be tyrants” who assert that their “enemies are so dangerous, their views so threatening, that everything we do – lying, repression, censorship – is noble.”

The Hunter Biden laptop scandal really made the hairs on the back of the journalist’s neck stand up because of the brazen censorship of the story.

“The media didn’t just ‘bury’ the archive. CIA concocted a lie about it (it’s ‘Russian disinformation’); media outlets spread that lie; Big Tech censured it — because lying and repression to them is justified!” he tweeted.

“The authoritarian mentality that led CIA, corporate media and Big Tech to lie about the Biden archive before the election is the same driving this new censorship craze. It’s the hallmark of all tyranny: ‘our enemies are so evil and dangerous, anything is justified to stop them,'” Greenwald wrote.

“It’s not melodrama or hyperbole to say: what we have is a war in the West, a war over whether the internet will be free, over whether dissent will be allowed, over whether we will live in the closed propaganda system our elites claim The Bad Countries™ impose. It’s no different,” he warned.

He then went on to posit that those “screaming most loudly” against “disinformation” and “fascism” are the ones that “spread it most frequently, casually and destructively,” and are the most repressive.

“The worst of all – the most repugnant and despicable – are those calling themselves ‘journalists’ while doing the opposite of what that term implies: they serve rather than challenge power, they deceive rather than inform, they demand censorship rather than free and open inquiry,” he wrote.

Greenwald concluded his rant by advising, “Heap scorn on the corporate outlets and their deceitful, pro-censorship employees abusing the ‘journalist’ label. Read them with full skepticism, or just ignore them. Support outlets and platforms that want to protect free inquiry and the right of dissent, not rob you of it.”

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