Journalist Glenn Greenwald stepped on the third rail of Cancel America media standards and finds himself no longer welcome at The Intercept, the outlet he helped create. His transgression? Opening the lid on the media’s failure to report on the Biden family’s activities in Ukraine and China that indicate a pattern of corruption and which are corroborated by emails obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Greenwald, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, announced his resignation from The Intercept after editors refused to publish his article outlining the emails documenting Hunter Biden’s efforts to secure business deals that would benefit his father and excoriating the national media for suppressing the story. Greenwald also claims The Intercept’s censorship amounts to a violation of his “contractual right of editorial freedom.”
The article at the center of the controversy has been published on Substack, where Greenwald says, “Numerous other journalists, including my good friend, the great intrepid reporter Matt Taibbi, have come in order to practice journalism free of the increasingly repressive climate that is engulfing national mainstream media outlets across the country.”
It should be noted that Greenwald and Taibbi could hardly be considered conservative media bulwarks. In fact, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow once called Greenwald “the American left’s most fearless political commentator.” Likewise, in 2012, Taibbi celebrated the death of Andrew Breitbart in a mocking obituary, and his Useful Idiots podcasts regularly welcomes radical leftist guests including Michael Moore, Denis Kucinich, and Rashida Tlaib, the so-called “Squad” member who supports the anti-Israel “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” movement.
The Intercept’s censorship of Greenwald illustrates virus-like nature of the Cancel America movement. Black Lives Matter and Antifa claim free speech protections under the First Amendment for protests that turn into violent riots and assaults on anyone who believes America is Good. In the same way, Cancel America media viciously attacks President Donald Trump and his supporters while censoring material harmful to former Vice President Joe Biden… all while proclaiming First Amendment freedoms of the press.
This dereliction is not surprising, but it is disappointing. We applaud Greenwald for his intellectual integrity.