The Journalistic Tattletale and Censorship Industry Suffers Several Well-Deserved Blows, by Glenn Greenwald

Once upon a time most journalists considered themselves guardians of the First Amendment and the free press. Now many of them scold any of their journalistic colleagues who deviate from the accepted orthodoxy and endorse censorship. From Glenn Greenwald at greenwald.substack.com:

The NYT’s Taylor Lorenz falsely accuses a tech investor of using a slur after spending months trying to infiltrate and monitor a new app that allows free conversation.

New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz and Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen

A new and rapidly growing journalistic “beat” has arisen over the last several years that can best be described as an unholy mix of junior high hall-monitor tattling and Stasi-like citizen surveillance. It is half adolescent and half malevolent. Its primary objectives are control, censorship, and the destruction of reputations for fun and power. Though its epicenter is the largest corporate media outlets, it is the very antithesis of journalism.

I’ve written before about one particularly toxic strain of this authoritarian “reporting.” Teams of journalists at three of the most influential corporate media outlets — CNN’s “media reporters” (Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy), NBC’s “disinformation space unit” (Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny), and the tech reporters of The New York Times (Mike Isaac, Kevin Roose, Sheera Frenkel) — devote the bulk of their “journalism” to searching for online spaces where they believe speech and conduct rules are being violated, flagging them, and then pleading that punitive action be taken (banning, censorship, content regulation, after-school detention). These hall-monitor reporters are a major factor explaining why tech monopolies, which (for reasons of self-interest and ideology) never wanted the responsibility to censor, now do so with abandon and seemingly arbitrary blunt force: they are shamed by the world’s loudest media companies when they do not.

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One response to “The Journalistic Tattletale and Censorship Industry Suffers Several Well-Deserved Blows, by Glenn Greenwald

  1. The corruption of journalism begins at the academic training level. They end up just reporters. Gone are the days when ethics and moral values are part of their teaching. Investigative research would not be the norm. Glenn is unique. We have a couple of excellent ‘Glenns’ in my country but they get ridiculed by the MSM controlled scum. The sheeple just think they are conspiracy theorists. Divide and conquer is the game of these times

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