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Tue Dec 22, 2015, 12:41 PM

Glenn Greenwald: Fascism’s Fellow Traveller

“When Glenn Greenwald castigates the dead Charlie Hebdo cartoonists for racism,” the writer Sam Harris observed recently, “he’s not only proving that he’s a moral imbecile; he’s participating in a global war of ideas over free speech – and he’s on the wrong side of it.”

Back in April, the short story writer Deborah Eisenberg took a rather different view. In her letter to PEN’s executive director Suzanne Nossel, Eisenberg included Greenwald on a shortlist of people she considered worthier of PEN’s annual Freedom of Expression Award for Courage than the dead and surviving Charlie Hebdo staff. Unlike the slain cartoonists, she wrote of her recommendations, “their courage has been fastidiously exercised for the good of humanity.”

All things considered, this was an extravagant claim to make on behalf of Greenwald’s valour and integrity, particularly at Charlie Hebdo’s expense. Greenwald – formerly of Salon and the Guardian and now co-founding editor at Pierre Omidyar’s campaigning blog, the Intercept – is most famous as the journalist to whom rogue NSA employee Edward Snowden leaked a vast cache of national security information before finding sanctuary in Putin’s Russia. Eisenberg stated that it was for his work on this story that she was recommending him as an honouree.

But Greenwald’s reputation as an unbending defender of free expression stretches back a good deal further than this. Before becoming a writer, he had worked as a litigator defending clients in a number of controversial First Amendment suits, and has since written several trenchant polemics defending the right to unconditional free speech. In January 2013, for example, Greenwald wrote the following for the Guardian as part of a response to a French government proposal to censor online hate speech...

http://quillette.com/2015/12/19/glenn-greenwald-fascisms-fellow-traveller/

Naturally, Glenn's acolytes have been in a tizzy on twitter... Very entertaining to watch.

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Blue_Tires Dec 2015 OP
Blue_Tires Dec 2015 #1
yurbud Dec 2015 #2
JackRiddler Jan 2016 #4
Gawdless Pinko Lib Jan 2016 #7
Blue_Tires Jan 2016 #3
Doctor_J Jan 2016 #5
Blue_Tires Jan 2016 #6

Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 01:49 PM

1. ttt

not one DUer wants to step up?? After all the shit you've thrown in my face??

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 02:47 PM

2. Do you take issue with the facts of his reporting? the rest is just gossip

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Response to yurbud (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 7, 2016, 12:43 PM

4. Take issue?

 

This is just the old two-minutes of daily Greenwald hate, dating back years. Guess someone here is still devoted to it. No substance whatsoever, and what can you say about an approach that takes something Sam Harris said as authoritative and newsworthy in itself?

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 8, 2016, 01:24 PM

7. This Atheist says AMEN!

 

I'll take Greenwald over 99.8% of our false, access-obsessed "journalists."

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Jan 6, 2016, 12:29 PM

3. ttt

pathetic...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Thu Jan 7, 2016, 04:22 PM

5. do you consider yourself to have a fixation with Greenwald?

 

Just an observation.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 8, 2016, 10:00 AM

6. I'm determined to expose him, yes...

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