In the Saturday edition of The Intercept, co-founder Glenn Greenwald attacked the media's recklessness in reporting stories regarding Russia for the sole purpose of accomplishing a leftist agenda, and therefore ultimately injecting the world with more fake news.
In his castigation of the left-tilted media, Greenwald -- former writer for left-wing Salon and The Guardian himself -- stated, “Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time.” Expounding upon that, he said:
“The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day...By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.”
As referenced, on December 8th, CNN — which Greenwald mocked as “the most trusted name in news,” reported that a couple of unnamed sources revealed that Donald Trump, Jr. had been given the WikiLeaks dossier before it was made available to the rest of the world. Greenwald explained the significance of the story, as the fulfillment of a narrative CNN was intent on providing:
“As CNN sees the world, this would prove collusion between the Trump family and WikiLeaks and, more importantly, between Trump and Russia, since the U.S. intelligence community regards WikiLeaks as an 'arm of Russian intelligence,' and therefore, so does the U.S. media.”
Greenwald excoriated the network for delivering the story with such obvious giddiness, even as the report was entirely false:
"[The] tone of excitement, breathlessness and gravity the network conveyed [was obvious]...There was just one small problem with this story: it was fundamentally false, in the most embarrassing way possible."
Indeed: the network claimed the e-mail was sent on September 4, 2016; in reality, Trump, Jr. received it ten days later. In the aftermath of the mistake, the correction — made by Congressional reporter Manu Rajo -- didn’t occur until hours later. When it was made on air, Greenwald complained, it was spoken in “muted tones.”
CNN has yet to reveal its sources for the false story. Holding the network in great contempt, Greenwald asked:
“How is it remotely plausible that multiple sources could all innocently and in good faith misread the date in exactly the same way, all to cause to be disseminated a blockbuster revelation about Trump/Russia/WikiLeaks collusion…CNN refuses to provide the most minimal transparency to enable the public to understand what happened here.”
Greenwald laid out his disgust over three components of the fiasco. Firstly, by the time CNN made its correction, the news had spread quickly and profoundly over social media. Secondly, both MSNBC and CBS claimed they were able to attain independent corroboration of the veracity of the claim; Greenwald described MSNBC’s Ken Dilanian’s confirmation of the story as “Baghdad-Bob-level embarrassing.” Thirdly, Greenwald contended the mainstream media have developed a penchant for this kind of irresponsible treatment of the topic:
“This type of recklessness and falsity is now a clear and highly disturbing trend – one could say a constant – when it comes to reporting on Trump, Russia and WikiLeaks.”
Continuing his grilling, he pointed out the obvious leftist intent in the major news organizations' reporting of inadequately-vetted stories:
"Major media outlets have made humiliating, breathtaking errors on the Trump/Russia story, always in the same direction, toward the same political goals.”
Moreover, Glenn Greenwald noted the ultimate result of fake news, for America as well as for those other entities which the false stories involve: damage. “U.S. media’s unhinged, ignorant, paranoid reporting on Russia is harming their cause in all sorts of ways,” he lamented.