First of all, I think Glenn Greenwald is, as they say, a “media whore”. The story of the year fell into his lap, the MSM and my friends on the left fell all over themselves praising his brilliant work (ugh), and since then he’s been milking it for all its worth and using his new-found celebrity to start another billionaire-funded news corporation that’s supposed to be better than the MSM (Politico made that promise, and look at them now). In reality, Greenwald’s extremely thin-skinned, extremely short tempered, and extremely arrogant. And it appears he’s be scammed.
The absolutely HUGE news that started breaking last Friday, as summarized by Raw Story, involves Greenwald and his billionaire backer, the website PandoDaily, The New York Times, and a writer at Russia Today named Abby Martin. According to PandoDaily, Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire funding Greenwald’s news corporation and so-called “independent journalism”, has been using his big bucks to affect global politics. PandoDaily reports that Omidyar “co-invested with the US government to help fund regime change in Ukraine“.
Important excerpts from the PandoDaily story (with my emphasis):
What all this adds up to is a journalistic conflict-of-interest of the worst kind: Omidyar working hand-in-glove with US foreign policy agencies to interfere in foreign governments, co-financing regime change with well-known arms of the American empire — while at the same time hiring a growing team of soi-disant ”independent journalists” which vows to investigate the behavior of the US government at home and overseas, and boasts of its uniquely “adversarial” relationship towards these government institutions.
Of the many problems that poses, none is more serious than the fact that Omidyar now has the only two people with exclusive access to the complete Snowden NSA cache, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Somehow, the same billionaire who co-financed the “coup” in Ukraine with USAID, also has exclusive access to the NSA secrets—and very few in the independent media dare voice a skeptical word about it.
But what is more immediately alarming is what makes Omidyar different. Unlike other billionaires, Omidyar has garnered nothing but uncritical, fawning press coverage, particularly from those he has hired. By acquiring a “dream team” of what remains of independent media — Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, Wheeler, my former partner Matt Taibbi — not to mention press “critics” like Jay Rosen — he buys both silence and fawning press.
Both are incredibly useful: Silence, an absence of journalistic curiosity about Omidyar’s activities overseas and at home, has been purchased for the price of whatever his current all-star indie cast currently costs him. As an added bonus, that same investment buys silence from exponentially larger numbers of desperately underpaid independent journalists hoping to someday be on his payroll, and the underfunded media watchdogs that survive on Omidyar Network grants.
Prior to creating The Intercept with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, I did not research Omidyar’s political views or donations.
Nice. But PandoDaily found that Greenwald said the opposite in 2007 about Politico:
But it seems rather self-evident that a news organization run by someone with such clear-cut political biases ought to have a hard time holding itself out as some sort of politically unbiased source of news.
Then Greenwald took it a step further to make his point, praising a Russia Today writer for speaking-out against Russia in the Ukraine dispute. Writer Abby Martin said:
Just because I work here, for RT [Russia Today], doesn’t mean I don’t have editorial independence and I can’t stress enough how strongly I am against any military intervention in sovereign nations’ affairs. What Russia did is wrong.
Makes sense. However, The New York Times found that Abby Martin was an unfortunate example for Greenwald to use, as she’s a 9/11 Truther who believes in a secret, U.S. government conspiracy that ordered the hijackings and plane crashes on 9/11 that killed thousands of Americans. If Greenwald goes down the 9/11 Truther path, himself, he will truly be the next Breitbart.
In any case, this story is all bad news for Glenn Greenwald, the Ukrainian “revolution” (or regime change), the U.S. Government (again!) and Greenwald’s corporation of “independent journalists”. The only person who gets away unscathed is the billionaire pulling the strings.