We’ll probably see another wave of this tomorrow, but in case you missed it, The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald went on a rampage against the mainstream media for peddling the Russian collusion myth. Now, Greenwald is no conservative writer. He’s not an establishment liberal either. I guess you can call him a progressive who calls out both sides for their perceived sins. Either way, if you want to hear the other side that isn’t totally insane on the Russia stuff, Greenwald is a good follow. His Twitter thread over the past few weeks, like that of Michael Tracey, formerly of the Young Turks, has been brutal in holding accountable those who have been peddling the Russian collusion myth. From Rachel Maddow to The New Yorker, Greenwald does not hold back in slamming those who have made this narrative into something of a psycho left-wing cult.
For two years, the liberal media created hundreds of stories that insinuated some dark conspiracy that cheated Hillary Clinton out of a win in 2016. In reality, it was Hillary Clinton who did that to herself, ignoring the Rust Belt, having piss poor messaging, and being an all-around terrible candidate. And even after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report, which was summarized by Attorney General William Barr, after two years of investigating—there is still zero evidence of Russian collusion. Tomorrow, the full Mueller report will be released. It will be another time the Left eats crap over this myth.
The time to attack Robert Mueller and his investigation as shoddy and misguided -long taboo - has officially arrived. He's about to be transformed from Honorable and Noble Patriot of the Highest Integrity™ to GOP hack covering for Trump & his administration with a biased report: https://t.co/X6S045RzqQ— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 17, 2019
MSNBC hosts should collectively go on the air, bow their heads in shame, and apologize to the public for what they've done. Outlets should fire the ex-CIA, NSA and Pentagon officials who used their disinformation training to help these "news agencies" mislead everyone: https://t.co/oNgtwkaNEe— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 24, 2019
If there's no media reckoning for what they did, don't ever complain again when people attack the media as "Fake News" or identify them as one of the country's most toxic and destructive forces. They've earned those attacks.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 24, 2019
A February, 2108 tweet. Nothing kills journalism worse than cowardly group-think, and it's worse than ever since they're congregated in the same places in Brooklyn and the West Coast and petrified of saying anything that makes them unpopular among their peers: https://t.co/E1NYU4ZXbP— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 24, 2019
Can't the people who got rich exploiting liberal #Resistance fears by feeding them false conspiracies at least content themselves to their bulging bank accounts from the scam they pulled off & have one day of silence where they don't try to pretend that they were right all along?— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 24, 2019
Anyway, if you're an MSNBC viewer - or reader of liberal sites on the internet - you were fed a steady stream of conspiratorial bullshit that completely warped your view of the world, all while they purposely excluded anyone who questioned their fraud & profited off your fears.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 24, 2019
Just be rational & ponder this: even MSNBC - MSNBC! - says that the unknown, anonymous objecters to the Barr Letter themselves acknowledge that Mueller "found no coordination or criminal conspiracy" with Russia. That some are citing this as *vindication* shows the desperation: https://t.co/3Xg6dEoMsE— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 4, 2019
Watching Trump/Russia conspiracy dead-enders pretend that anonymous people claimed Barr withheld incriminating evidence about the conspiracy - when the WashPost explicitly says their complaints are about *obstruction* - is sad, but it's the behavior that drove the last 3 years. pic.twitter.com/TKPzPwhCzd— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 4, 2019
Trump/Russia conspiracists are like zombies: the dream can't die. Their new hope is a) anonymously sourced, b) bereft of even one specific, c) irrelevant to *conspiracy* as opposed to obstruction & d) unrelated to the fact that Mueller indicted *zero* Americans for conspiracy: pic.twitter.com/lyhhuqpf2y— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 3, 2019
Journalism professors wanting to examine why trust in the profession has collapsed - deservedly so - should just show this article: by someone claming his unhinged conspiracy about Trump being groomed since 1987 as a Soviet asset has been *vindicated* https://t.co/2SE3V1tk4Y pic.twitter.com/C56MOBdW54— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 2, 2019
Trump has:— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 2, 2019
* pressured Germany not to buy Russian natural gas
* acted to remove Putin's ally in Venezuela
* gave lethal arms to Ukrainians
* bombed Putin's ally in Syria
* punished diplomats & oligarchs
Mueller: charged nobody with conspiracy
Chait: I've been proven right!!!
There is & has long been a mountain of evidence negating the Putin-controls-Trump conspiracy theory: continuous acts by Trump against the Kremlin's most vital interests. That Chait can write an article claiming vindication without even *addressing* this shows the state of media: pic.twitter.com/ZwIzXVnjJJ— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 2, 2019
This will never stop be amazing. And, you know, shameful pic.twitter.com/wGVWXGqCIn— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 2, 2019
WaPo wrote 188 more stories about the Russia Investigation than the defeat of ISIS.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) March 23, 2019
NY Times wrote 619 more stories about Russia than on the renegotiation of NAFTA.
CNN wrote 891 more stories about Russia than stories about the middle class tax cuts.
The bias is ridiculous.
One of the most embarrassing media moments was when CNN "reported," and then MSNBC's Ken Dilanian "independently confirmed," that Trump Jr. got advanced access to the WL archive - all based on a false date that neither network ever bothered to explain: pic.twitter.com/0jiA50aIku— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 31, 2019
It's not just that the media refuses any self-critique (has any journalist who pushed the conspiracy acknowledged any narrative errors other than @Isikoff in his last MSNBC spot?). The rank-closing & arrogant conceit about this story are stronger than ever pic.twitter.com/KQejtpSY3d— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 31, 2019
The collapse of the collusion fairy tale is obscuring the other far more deranged, unhinged, and *dangerous* conspiracy theory that dominated much mainstream discourse for 2 years: that Russia basically controlled the US Government through blackmail leverage over Trump. pic.twitter.com/k47nVMYAvC— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 29, 2019
Watching the Russiagate fanatics continue to try convince their confused flock to keep believing, and watching them concoct new conspiracy theories to keep it all going, isn't primarily infuriating or funny, but sad. Watching people be duped isn't enjoyable.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 29, 2019
If you’re MSNBC right now, what do you do? After 2 years of peddling a conspiracy theory by shutting out dissenting voices & countervailing facts, do you: double down w/ deflection, denial, distortion in the hopes your audience doesn’t catch on; or: start doing actual journalism?— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) March 23, 2019
Song. Of. The. Summer. pic.twitter.com/tvhhHutY8I— Barstool News Network (@BarstoolNewsN) March 23, 2019
This is a thing. Shameless Russiagate peddlers @TheAtlantic mock shameless Russiagate "internet personalities" (ie "lacking pedigree". The joke is that Atlantic's A-list Russiagate peddlers—Frum, Bertrand, Ioffe, Foer—needn't worry about their careers https://t.co/aWxbeZplbH pic.twitter.com/NKGtlQQFmr— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) March 28, 2019
There was a lot of great journalism done about Trump's falsehoods & his shady finances (centered far more in the Gulf states than Russia). But "we got a lot of things right" is not a motto for restoring faith in journalism. Journalism that refuses self-accountability is worthless— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 28, 2019
The Mueller Report should be released as quickly & fully as possible. But nothing in it can change the key fact: not just that Mueller did not indict Trump, Jr., Kushner, etc., but did not charge *one American* with election-conspiring with Russia. That guts the media narrative.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 28, 2019
The Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy was at the center of the media narrative for only 2 1/2 years. It's been 3 whole days since it got debunked as a hoax and you're still talking about this? Will there ever be an end to it??? pic.twitter.com/9nmr22duiT— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 27, 2019
MSNBC - and NBC generally - purposely wanted their audience to believe that the only people who doubted or questioned their Trump/Russia conspiracy theories were Trump aides & alt-right supporters. It was active deceit. Even now, they won't air those who got the story right.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 27, 2019
No treason, no collusion, no obstruction. This nation was held hostage two years because of a baseless conspiracy theory peddled by a foreign spy funded by the Hillary campaign. Those of us who were smeared because we didn't fall for it won't forget. There will be a reckoning.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 24, 2019
Yet, after two years of saying there was collusion and that Mueller was going to be the spear that pierces this White House, all you can do is double down. You’re still an idiot for doing so, but looking crazy is better than apologizing and admitting you’re wrong. Remember these media types are liberals first. They’re snobby, condescending, and are not used to being proven wrong on a consistent basis. They're not used to the president bashing them and their work, and you can bet they think it’s all solid reporting. It’s not. It’s trash. And Greenwald has long been a skeptic of this Russian collusion story and has been equally hard on the media’s antics regarding this whole story. Arguably, some offenses that warrant termination have been committed in the reporting of the Russian collusion delusion, and everyone appears to have kept their jobs. Expect more from Greenwald and Tracey tomorrow, as they will rip liberal media talking heads again.