Glenn Greenwald Blasts "Fake News" Peddling Washington Post For Lack Of "Basic Journalistic Skepticism"

Tyler Durden's picture

Appearing on the Tucker Carlson show on Fox News recently, Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of The Intercept, took direct aim at the "intelligence community" and the Washington Post for recklessly spreading the "Russian Hacking" narrative without providing a single piece of tangible evidence to support their claims. 

The ever skeptical Greenwald started by lambasting the Washington Post for their admittedly "fake news" story on Russian efforts to hack the Vermont electricity grid.  Of course, as we previously pointed out, the entire story turned out to be completely fabricated by an overzealous Washington Post looking to perpetuate the "Russian Hacking" narrative at all costs, including whatever is left of their own credibility.  Greenwald described the epic collapse of the story as the "grandest humiliation possible" for the Washington Post.

"Essentially the entire article from start to finish. They have the this big blockbuster announcement on Friday which was obviously sensationalistic and it would have a huge impact if it were true that Russia and Vladimir Putin had invaded the U.S. electric grid by placing malware within the utility system in Vermont."


"They induced the governor of Vermont and Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) to make these really bombastic statements about how this thug Vladimir Putin was trying to steal the heat to make Vermonters suffer during the winter. It turned out that the malware found was actually on a single laptop totally unconnected to the grid. Then it turned out that the Russians had actually nothing to do with this malware. Then it turned out that what was on the laptop probably wasn't malware at all. So the story just collapsed one step after the next in the grandest humiliation possible."

Meanwhile, Greenwald goes on to point out, as we did late last week, that the latest "Intel Report" from the "Intelligence Community" was nothing more than a repeat of their previous allegations, which were and continue to be, "completely unaccompanied by evidence."

"The report that came out today was just another set of repackaged conclusions from the intelligence community, which may or may not be true, that were again completely unaccompanied by evidence.  And when you simply point that out, that the intelligence community keeps just repeating itself over and over...without providing evidence that can be evaluated whether or not it's true, that means you must love Vladimir Putin, that you're probably working for the Kremlin, when, in fact, it's just the basic kind of skepticism that all journalists should be exercising."


"We shouldn't accept government claims unless we see evidence that it's true.  Particularly, when the consequences are so grave.  You have John McCain saying Russia has engaged in a act of war, Nancy Pelosi is accusing journalists of being accomplices of Russia who reported on the story.  Which is basically every media outlet in the country.  These are really serious charges and we should see evidence for that."

With that, here is the full interview with Tucker Carlson for your viewing pleasure:

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mofreedom's picture

WPT lies...and I can't rid them from my doomberg news feed.

Deport Bezos and Import Ma.


philipat's picture

And coming from an ultra-Libtard like Greenwald speaks volumes.....

Creative_Destruct's picture

" I have certain rules I live by....My first rule, I don't believe anything the Government tells me" - George Carlin

Greenwald's sober and true observation that actual evidence and proof is needed when such extreme and consequential accusations are being thrown irresponsibly around ( "ACT of WAR"- McBraindead, et, al) is simply TOO true to be digested and empahasized by the MSM shills who are busy demonizing all things Russian in the service of their Neocon masters.

And IF the shoe were on the other foot and the Reps were indulging in such a thinly disguised political blocking manuvear to deligitimize an Obama-like candidate's presidency instead of Trump's, the MSM's implied and spun howls of indignation would be deafening.

fleur de lis's picture

WaPo is jam packed full of CIA losers so it is no wonder they are tripping over their heaps of lies.

They don't even have the smarts to agree upon their lies ahead of time.

G-ray's picture

All Hedgers should be avoiding all things Bezos. WAPOand mostly Amazon !!

mofreedom's picture

How do we get the women and the girly men away from Amazon?

Jayda1850's picture

All news is propaganda and subjective. The sooner people realize this, the more skeptical they become and the more independent research they will take upon themselves to expand their views in order to come to a more objective conclusion.

PirateOfBaltimore's picture

I Fucking love Greenwald

stant's picture

4th estate is long dead

Mini-Me's picture

The only way to get the corporate media's attention is to boycott their product.  Bankrupt them.  Nothing changes otherwise.

WTFUD's picture

If you Starve the Beast the Swamp will Drain Itself.

Krungle's picture

Given Sunday's data dump from the FBI, the Russia thing should be put to rest. The FBI docs show Hillary, Huma et al. were under investigation by the FBI's counter espionage and counter terrorism divisions well before any Russian hacking was alleged. I believe the documents indicate that the FBI has been investigating Huma since at least 2013. The WaPo could actually go to the FBI Vault website themselves and read the investigation documents. Then the actual journalistic narrative would be something like: "Clinton and associates, who have been under investigation by the FBI's counter espionage division for several years for possibly sharing classified materials with foreign governments in a pay to play scheme may have additionally opened herself up to hacking by foreign powers due to her insistence on maintaining a private server to transmit classificed documents. It is possible that some of the intercepted documents made their way to Wikileaks via an unknown person." Anything that doesn't begin with Clinton starting off on the campaign trail under investigation for commiting treason (I'm pretty sure passing classified intel to non-US actors counts as treason) is fake news. 

Then again, any WaPo story that doesn't begin with "our boss was paid $600 million by the CIA, the same organization responsible for conducting illegal experiments on American citizens..." should also immediately go in the fake news bin.

jimsoong25's picture

They're pushing 'fake news' and 'Russian hacking' because those emails could send a lot of people to jail for the rest of their lives.  They're trying to discredit them.  Those 650K Weiner emails could change American history (so I doubt they'll ever see the light of day).

samsara's picture

Why do you think she said: "if that bastard wins, all our necks while be in a noose"

Google it

francis scott falseflag's picture

The NSA hacked the emails and now control their release.  They hacked themselves just so they could blame Russia.

Today the US State Department said that it would be "irresponsible to release the evidence" of the hack.


While the civilized world accepts Kirby's statement from a country that has 'been at war every day for eight years.'

Stan Smith's picture

As ive pointed out in previous threads,  it floors me that the MSM started all the banter about "Fake News",  when they are so obviously peddling a LOT of fake news.    The Washington Post takes the cake for a lot of the stupidity of this,  so any critical analysis of their place in all this is okay by me.

That said, I wouldnt expect the WaPo to get "better" about this.    Likely worse as they go more on-line and more click-baitish.



January Jones's picture

Just started folllowing this guy two months ago. A journalist from the left with an ethical compass. 

I had all but given up hope! 

PeaceLover's picture

Not sure they are left or right more about the truth,
Kind of what I thought I got drafted for.. (truth) but have come to see it was just a bunch of inhuman people that like to kill as long as the masters get and give them money! $$$

Why anyone thinks serving in the USA  military is a qualification for being a politician is beyond me?

WTFUD's picture

. . . or going to Harvard/Oxbridge and serving the General Public's Needs.

besnook's picture

boycott amazon. i already have for poor service but now wapo gives an even better reason.

BarkingCat's picture

I am boycotting Amazon strictly on the basis of WaPo being a shit rag and Bazos being a major douche.

Son of Loki's picture

Tucker and Greenwald are two quick and sharp men.

Go Tucker!

Go Greenwald!

BarnacleBill's picture

I reallythink we've reached the stage when the government spooks and other Deep State functionaries don't care whether we believe them or not. They just sigh and go through the routine of repeating their company-line - "truthiness" it's been called - and slander any doubter as a terrorist-supporter. So bear in mind, every next time they announce some bullshit lie, that they *just* *don't* *care*.

whatamaroon's picture

Newsbuster's headline: "Washington post media columnist now wants to retire "Fake News" term"'. The damn those right wingers AKA 'Alt-right' stole our term 'Fake' meme news and used it against us. That wasn't was it was intended for, so now we must find/use a different phrase;

Sizzurp's picture

Greenwald is more towards the libertarian left, the anti-war left. He's a big Bernie fan which is regrettable. Obviously, his reporting on Snowden was made at great personal risk, making him a hero. 

pippi68's picture

Greenwald is not a hero. He was ready to leave Snowden in the lurch while chasing his Pulizer Prize which Snowden bravely handed to him. Assange and wikileaks lawyers are the true heros. Greenwald is just a good journalist. He's definitely a socialist libertarian but his movement still has some great information. I learned so much over the years from Counterpunch. They have too many articles Trump bashing now, but Patrick Cockburn, Michael Hudson, Mike Whitney, Jeff St Clair... there are still some really great thinkers weilding this ideology. Because of these guys I knew to put all my stck assets into cash just 2 months before the 2008 crash. Smart observant well-read. These are the opposite of what we see in msm today. They really do seek out the truth.

samsara's picture

I concur. You have to read every article with a filter of the slant of the writer. Greewald, Tabbai, for example have had some worthwhile material. Vampire Squid and all.

Cast your net wide in reading and filter, drop and keep what you will.

Flying Wombat's picture

Keep kicking butt, Tyler.

Eric Dubin, Managing Editor, The News Doctors (one of the ~200 "Fake News" sites)


Publicus's picture

The Washington Post newspaper, called Compost due to the fact that they are full of shit.

As printed in the Washington Compost.

#compost #slime #lies #shit #crap.

TrustbutVerify's picture

This isn't only a recent occurrence....More accurately, Multiple decades of the "Lack of 'Basic Journalistic Skepticism.'"

bh2's picture

We have but a fortnight until the covers come off. Patience.

shimmy's picture

Greenwald sounds like one of those liberals who hasn't actually been brainwashed by the cult that the ideology has really become over the last 10 or so years. 

bobthecat's picture

This gay cuck deserves to be in jail.  Helped Snowden destroy back american intillgence. Should be hung with a rope of dildos. 

francis scott falseflag's picture

How many of the dildos in your collection would you be willing to donate?

francis scott falseflag's picture

Uneditable and unreadable thanks to ZH's comment field.

DirtySanchez's picture

With Glenn Greenwald, what you see is what you get.

He is liberal, but has the courage of his convictions to stand up for what he believes is right; versus sitting at his computer or on some cable fake news show spewing hatred and venom toward anyone who does not agree.

There is nothing wrong with an honorable opposition.

Trump should somehow harness the likes of Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Chelsea Manning, Barret Brown, and whoever else I missed; to be the true government watchdog and real journalists that this world so desperately needs.


MickV's picture

"We shouldn't accept government claims unless we see evidence that it is true"


Yeah, Like:

"Seal Team Six killed Bin Laden"

"a lone gunman shot 103 in Orlando"

"a young autistic kid killed 22 without wounding anyone in Newtown."

"2 Chechen brothers set off bombs at the Boston Marathon."

"13 Arabs comandeered passenger planes with box cutters and flew them into the Pentagon and Twin Towers."

"That's Obama's real Birth Certificate on the White House website."


Does Greeneald question any of that Bullshit?