The Pulitzer winner founded the Intercept to challenge official narratives and protect editorial freedom. When editors abandoned those principles, spiking a controversial story, he was forced to quit
Matt and Glen are two of the best reporters working and I’m thankful that they’re able to go direct with Substack.
I disagree with Greenwald on many, many things. But I have always, always admired his willingness to call out the hypocrites, the panderers, the bullshitters — regardless of their status, their connections, and most importantly their party affiliation. He gives no fucks, and I adore him for that. And I will support him, with money made working for someone who I imagine he despises with the energy of a thousand suns. And that’s awesome, and it’s why I love Substack and independent press.
Another informative and insightful work from Matt Taibbi. I still fail to understand the need to include anti-Trump aspersions such as, "It’s a difficult time for reporters, with an unstable and potentially dangerous president," presented as apparently unassailable facts. The central fact to me is illustrated by the central premise of this article and the anti-journalism represented by this latest leftist crash-and-burn by the Intercept: The Left destroys everything it touches and Trump is simply the best tool normal people have to reintroduce sanity to our institutions and society.
I watched the clip of his Joe Rogen chat. I have to say I stopped giving money to the Intercept because I felt it was becoming a Democratic cheer leader. I am so glad to see that Greenwald didn't drink the Kool-Aid (and was fighting the editorial expansion of power). Great integrity!!
Looking forward to seeing more from him with the Intercept chains gone.
Why does anybody listen to Clapper and Brennan? They are the jerks who lied about “yellow cake uranium”. Didn’t anybody learn anything from that?
Glenn and Matt are two of the best and will always be my first go-to reporters. Those others like them (and we all know who they are) also must report outside of mainstream. I took the New Yorker for years, famous for its fact-checking. Since they fell for the Russiagate lies and the Syria lies, and all the other lies (they hired Masha Gessen who is changing the quality even more), no longer. Some days I am disgusted by the Internet, yet it's the place to get real news, so am grateful for that. Thanks, Matt, for this writing. Way to go, Glenn.
Matt...once again you stated the obvious with devastating clarity resulting in many needing access to the fainting couch. You may want to consider some kind of trigger warning. I am thinking something along the lines of " the following article may express opinions that deviate from accepted orthodoxy and as such readers may want to sit down before reading". In the alternative how about "go f*#k yourself if you cannot deal with an opinion that differs from what you have been told is your opinion".
Too many important issues that, for a variety of reasons, reporters at major institutions wont report on or won’t do so accurately.
Just last night a major reporter for NYT seemed to question basic reporting on the riots and looting in Philadelphia. Hard to even believe. But they do this with issue after issue- just look at how dishonest they’ve been with the police shootings over the last few months. They won’t even state the facts clearly. And very few besides Matt has taken on this insane critical race theory and I’m sure after he wrote his great article- many would have cancelled him if they could..
Thank you for this. Cheers to GG for standing by his ethics. I gave up on the intercept a year ago. It was obviously becoming another echo chamber. When did it become so egregious to allow readers the option to read and critically think on their own!?
I won't be able to afford 100x individual subscriptions. As more and more principled journalists stand up for free speech, I won't be subscribing to many individuals. I would like Substack to work with a group of free-speech journalists, or otherwise, those journalists are going to need to band together and create a new media organisation (while it's still legal).
I get what Taibbi and Greenwald are saying, but dying on this hill in the service of another four years of a guy who is openly saying he wants to be a dictator is a choice that I'm having trouble understanding. Like would they have wanted to be the guys in Germany yelling about how unfair the media was being to Hitler (yeah yeah...)? I dunno, maybe they're right, and losing trust in our media outlets has driven us into our media bubbles and made everything worse, but I think the media (old-school and social) is just trying to figure out how to deal with a bad actor who is happy to lie at scale, with a huge ecosystem of leeches, grifters, and conspiracy-peddling enablers happy to keep the lies rolling. I don't think that Greenwald or Taibbi has the answer to this crisis, and it seems like they are focusing more on an effect of Trumpism rather than a cause, much as they'd like to think it was the reverse.
I just fired off an email to Ms Reed. I suggest others do as well. Also lets encourage Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras to resign. All the writers and journalists with Integrity as well. Its seems like Aaron Mate has been having the same problems as Glenn Greenwald
So depressing. I've been donating to the Intercept for 3 years now and just stopped today- my money is going to Greenwald's substack now. I'm a college professor and regularly used their articles in my classroom and would always tell my students it was a safe place to get their news. I'm not so sure anymore.
This is so critical. Thank you Matt. I wasn't shocked when Glenn resigned but I was by the asinine response of the editors and some of his peers (esp. Naomi Klein)
It is disappointing to see the current state of adversarial journalism. Thank God for the likes of you, Glenn, and the Grayzone.
(on that, be great to get your voices on the OPCW scandle!)
I just subscribed to Glenn's new substack account. I pay or three news sources now;, Matt, Glenn and the WSJ, but only for the WSJ Op Ed.
"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."