Glenn Greenwald shares bombshell article Intercept 'REFUSED' to publish slamming ‘censorship of Hunter Biden emails’

Glenn Greenwald shares bombshell article Intercept 'REFUSED' to publish slamming ‘censorship of Hunter Biden emails’

October 30, 2020

JOURNALIST Glenn Greenwald has posted the article The Intercept didn’t publish – and tore into “biased” journalists for “making excuses” for Joe Biden.

Greenwald shockingly quit The Intercept – which he co-founded in 2013 – on Thursday over "brute censorship of Hunter Biden materials."


He wrote in a statement that “the brute censorship this week of my article … eroded the last justification I could cling to for staying.”

Greenwald said the"Hunter Biden materials and Joe Biden’s conduct regarding Ukraine and China, as well my critique of the media’s rank-closing attempt, in a deeply unholy union with Silicon Valley and the ‘intelligence community,’ to suppress its revelations" were to blame.

"It meant that not only does this media outlet not provide the editorial freedom to other journalists, as I had so hopefully envisioned seven years ago, but now no longer even provides it to me.

“In the days heading into a presidential election, I am somehow silenced from expressing any views that random editors in New York find disagreeable, and now somehow have to conform my writing and reporting to cater to their partisan desires and eagerness to elect specific candidates."

Greenwald described the censorship move as a "red line for me" that he would "never accept no matter the cost."

"It is astonishing to me, but also a reflection of our current discourse and illiberal media environment, that I have been silenced about Joe Biden by my own media outlet," he concluded.

In a statement, The Intercept said: “The narrative Glenn presents about his departure is teeming with distortions and inaccuracies,” adding that, “our goal in editing his work was to ensure that it would be accurate and fair.” 

The Intercept did not immediately return The Sun's request for comment.

The story in question has been under attack for being censored by numerous outlets after it was first published by the New York Post weeks ago.

Both Facebook and Twitter have been accused of "egregious" abuse of power over censorship on the scandal.

Two weeks ago, Twitter censored the Post's reporting from the platform for less than 24 hours before CEO Jack Dorsey said censorship of the reporting was the wrong move.

Facebook also briefly censored sharing of the article while it underwent the social media giant’s fact-checking process. 

The articles were about emails, photos, and other personal documents that were supposedly on Hunter Biden's laptop that he dropped off at a repair store in Delaware in 2019.

Joe Biden has said the laptop “scandal” is a smear tactic against his family and his campaign in the weeks leading up to Election Day. 

Greenwald said he wanted to highlight in his reporting on the Hunter Biden story how the media has become biased, but claimed his editors Betsy Reed and Peter Maas edited it down.

He said the two requested the tone of the article be toned down on any suggestions that Joe Biden acted in a corrupt way.

The editors also told Greenwald it was OK that many in news media didn’t cover the story – as they didn’t have access to Hunter Biden’s supposed hard drive the way the Post did. 

The Sun cannot independently confirm the authenticity of these documents.

Later on Thursday, Greenwald released the article he said The Intercept wouldn’t on his own website, before later publishing it on DailyMail.com.

The article is titled, The Real Scandal: US media uses falsehoods to defend Joe Biden from Hunter Biden’s emails.

Greenwald writes that the news media has become “eager” for Joe Biden to win and alleges that journalists are “ignoring” important stories about him. 

“In the two weeks since the Post published its initial story, a union of the nation's most powerful entities, including its news media, have taken extraordinary steps to obscure and bury these questions rather than try to provide answers to them,” Greenwald wrote. 

He said social media censoring the Post’s reporting was “highly unusual” and called out individual reporters for not covering it, including 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl. 

Greenwald compared this with The New York Times’ reporting on President Donald Trump’s taxes in 2016. 

“That a media outlet should even consider refraining from reporting on materials they know to be authentic and in the public interest because of questions about their provenance is the opposite of how journalism has been practiced. 

“In the days before the 2016 election, for instance, the New York Times received by mail one year of Donald Trump's tax returns and – despite having no idea who sent it to them or how that person obtained it: was is stolen or hacked by a foreign power? – the Times reported on its contents,” he said. 

“The reality is the U.S. press has been planning for this moment for four years – cooking up justifications for refusing to report on newsworthy material that might help Donald Trump get re-elected.

“One major factor is the undeniable truth that journalists with national outlets based in New York, Washington and West Coast cities overwhelmingly not just favor Joe Biden but are desperate to see Donald Trump defeated,” Greenwald claimed.

He went on to say “it takes an enormous amount of gullibility to believe that any humans are capable of separating such an intense partisan preference from their journalistic judgment. 

“Many barely even bother to pretend: critiques of Joe Biden are often attacked first not by Biden campaign operatives but by political reporters at national news outlets who make little secret of their eagerness to help Biden win.”

Greenwald wrote that journalists have “spent four years being attacked as Trump enablers in their overwhelmingly Democratic and liberal cultural circles.

“The cities in which they live are overwhelmingly Democratic, and their demographic – large-city, college-educated professionals – has vanishingly little Trump support.”

Greenwald said that the media is “good at complaining” about people viewing them as “fake news” – but said they’re “very bad at asking whether any of their own conduct is responsible for it.”

“A media outlet that renounces its core function – pursuing answers to relevant questions about powerful people – is one that deserves to lose the public's faith and confidence,” he wrote.

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