April 17, 2021

GLENN GREENWALD: Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One.

Let’s express this as clearly as it can be expressed. Any journalist who treats unverified stories from the CIA or other government agencies as true, without needing any evidence or applying any skepticism, is worthless. Actually, they are worse than worthless: they are toxic influences who deserve pure contempt. Every journalist knows that governments lie constantly and that it is a betrayal of their profession to serve as mindless mouthpieces for these security agencies: that is why they will vehemently deny they do this if you confront them with this accusation. They know it is a shameful thing to do.

But just look at what they are doing: exactly this. These are not journalists. They are obsequious spokespeople for the CIA and other official authorities. Even when they learn that they deceived millions of people by uncritically repeating a story that the CIA told them was true, they will — on the very same day that they learn they did this — do exactly the same thing, this time with a one-paragraph Treasury Department Press Release. These are agents of disinformation: state media. And when they speak, you should listen to them with the knowledge of what they really are, and treat them accordingly.

Well, yes: “It’s Important To Be Honest About What Today’s Media Actually Are. They are Democrat propagandists and should be treated as such.” Their unrelenting war on Trump has made that plain.

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It’s pure power politics. As Harry Reid said after being called on lying about Mitt Romney’s taxes, “Romney didn’t win, did he?”

Earlier: The New York Times’ ‘Russian Bounties’ Story Just Unraveled.

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