Glenn Greenwald’s Crusade Against Established Democrats

Greenwald's focus on "deep state" depredations has exiled him from MSNBC.

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald attends the TimesTalks at The New School on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
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In 2013, Glenn Greenwald, a former lawyer, was one of the reporters for a Pulitzer Prize-winning series in the Guardian on Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the National Security Agency.

A longtime critic of centrist and liberal policymakers and pundits, Greenwald has spent the past two years further exiling himself from the mainstream America left by responding with skepticism and disdain to reports of Russian government interference in the 2016 presidential election, writes The New Yorker. 

Greenwald uses Twitter, the Intercept (a website he cofounded five years ago) and his guest appearances on Democracy Now! to argue that the available evidence concerning Russian activity has yielded nothing especially untoward. Greenwald has also declared that those who claim differently than him are in denial about the real force behind the 2016 results — the ineptitude of the Democrats and of Hillary Clinton.

These arguments have not always been taken well by the mainstream left, and have led to an end of his appearances on MSNBC. However, they have landed Greenwald on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show.

When asked if he took any satisfaction in the discomforts of fallen political figures like Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, he responded, “It’s great that people like Paul Manafort are finally being held accountable for their sleazy K Street practices, and their money laundering and all of that.”

“But I really don’t think it’s about justice,” he continued, according to The New Yorker. “I think the people who are doing this are genuinely offended by the entire Trump circle, in part for political and ideological reasons, and in part because he has broken all of the rules of their world, in terms of who gets to be in power, and what you have to do to get it.”

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