‘They’re frauds’: Glenn Greenwald skewers sketchy new Russia/Trump ‘bombshell’ as journos salivate

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The entire mainstream press is abuzz over another Russian collusion delusion story. Making matters worse, the story was written by a known Russian collusion delusion smear merchant who was repeatedly exposed for publishing pure garbage during the Trump presidency.

Published in The Guardian, the most recent story by so-called “journalist” Luke Harding claims that, equipped with compromising information on former President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought in 2016 to install him in the White House.

After the story’s publication, it immediately went uber-viral among “journalists” eager to share it without offering any critical pushback.

Here’s a sample of what that looked like:

The problem is that Harding is a known smear merchant who was responsible for the completely fictitious claim that Paul Manafort had held talks with Julian Assange during former President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Published in November of 2018, the story also quickly spread to every corner of the establishment media world.

“That the Guardian story would be seen as an earth-shattering revelation — one that would bring massive amounts of traffic, attention, glory, and revenue to the paper — was obvious. And that’s precisely how it was treated, as it instantly ricocheted around the media ecosystem with predictable viral speed,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald would note in The Intercept about two months later.

By then, it was clear that Harding’s reporting was garbage. Even The Washington Post admitted it: “[T]he Guardian’s bombshell looks as though it could be a dud.”

It would later be discovered that virtually everything Harding had ever written or said about the Russia collusion delusion conspiracy theory was bogus.

Now fast-forward to the present. Earlier this very week, New York magazine published a surprisingly rare, introspective piece about the massive failures in journalism surrounding the Russia collusion delusional narrative.

In this piece, the paper explicitly noted, “[M]any of the journalists who got it most wrong did the best. People like Rachel Maddow and the Guardian’s Luke Harding seem to have paid no price for their failings.”

Stunningly, this piece was published less than 24 hours before Harding dropped his latest Russian collusion delusion “bombshell.” One would think that, given his track record, journalists would have known better than to trust his newest reporting

But apparently they didn’t, and this, according to Greenwald, is exactly why the American establishment press are the least trusted “journalists” on the entire planet.

In a Twitter thread posted after the publication of Harding’s piece, he argued that the media’s willingness to blindly accept any narrative so long as it “helps their political agenda” (which is decidedly pro-Democrat and anti-Trump) is why few like them and why they deserve “contempt.”



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