Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald torched accusations that he endangered reporters by saying NBC News spouts CIA propaganda, saying he only spoke of a well-known fact, and the effort to shame him was “manipulative bulls**t.”
“Profoundly sorry for endangering the lives of NBC executives and TV personalities by spilling the extremely well-kept secret of their close working relationship with the CIA,” Greenwald tweeted sarcastically on Saturday. His message showed a picture of a headline about NBC’s 2018 hiring of ex-CIA chief John Brennan as an NBC and MSNBC contributor.
Profoundly sorry for endangering the lives of NBC executives and TV personalities by spilling the extremely well-kept secret of their close working relationship with the CIA. pic.twitter.com/AfA2YROg79
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 21, 2020
Greenwald’s retort came in reply to reporter Sulome Anderson, who accused him of endangering journalists who work in places where any CIA affiliation is “life-threatening.” Greenwald earlier this week said NBC “has always existed to disseminate US government, CIA and corporate propaganda.”
“This crosses a line,” Anderson said. “Like some of his proteges, Glenn is endangering journalists working in perilous environments by telling his massive following that they are mouthpieces for US intelligence.”
This crosses a line. Like some of his protégés, Glenn is endangering journalists working in perilous environments by telling his massive following that they are mouthpieces for U.S. intelligence. NBC reporters work in places where any affiliation with the CIA is life-threatening. pic.twitter.com/22YeBcv1YG
— Sulome (@SulomeAnderson) November 17, 2020
Greenwald said on Saturday that NBC has a “long-standing role” in spouting CIA propaganda, as evidenced by its hiring of Ken Dilanian, who was accused of sharing stories with the CIA press office prior to publication while working as a Los Angeles Times reporter. NBC also helped the CIA sell the Iraq War on its Meet the Press program, and sister network MSNBC was “ground zero for mindless CIA stenography of the most unhinged Russiagate conspiracy theories,” he said.
“If you don’t want to be known as a CIA outpost, then don’t be one,” Greenwald tweeted. He added that NBC hired “John Brennan,