Glenn Greenwald Resigns from The Intercept, Citing ‘Pathologies, Illiberalism, Repressive Mentality’ of Pro-Biden Newsroom
Award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, known for his civil libertarian writings on free speech and national security issues, announced on Thursday his resignation from The Intercept, the progressive news website he co-founded in 2014.
In his resignation letter, Greenwald—a recipient of Reason‘s Lanny Friedlander Prize for helping to bring to light Edward Snowden’s documentation of the National Security Agency’s illegal surveillance of Americans—said the last straw was Intercept editors’ stipulation that he must remove “all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden” from an article he sought to publish.
“Not content to simply prevent publication of this article at the media outlet I co-founded, these Intercept editors also demanded that I refrain from exercising a separate contractual right to publish this article with any other publication,” writes Greenwald, adding that Biden is “the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.”
The Intercept released a statement accusing Greenwald of “distortions and inaccuracies—all of them designed to make him appear as a victim, rather than a grown person throwing a tantrum.” Editors said they would release a full accounting of what happened with his article in due time, and that “it is Glenn who has strayed from his original journalistic roots, not The Intercept.” On Twitter, former colleagues have taken various positions.
Greenwald has yet to publish the article on his own—he has recently joined Substack—so it’s not yet possible to say whether editors’ concerns were reasonable, or even accurately described. The Intercept has certainly not been shy about criticizing Biden in the past, though its anti-Biden slant was stronger back when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.), a progre
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