[Marxism] The Mueller Report: Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston on Trump-Russia Ties, Obstruction & More

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Sun Apr 21 03:25:28 MDT 2019


I'm not sure if Ralph Johanson was asking me to document my claims about
Greenwald or if he was just commenting, but in case it's the former, here
goes:

I had written that he is a somewhat more subtle version of Ben Norton/Max
Blumenthal and that he supports the Assadist, Tulsi Gabbard. I had
forgotten to mention that he too supports Assad. He does so in a more
subtle way than do Blumenthal and Norton, for example in this article:
https://theintercept.com/2017/04/07/the-spoils-of-war-trump-lavished-with-media-and-bipartisan-praise-for-bombing-syria/
Note
how he implies that US policy has been regime change in Syria and how he
casts doubt on who was responsible for the gas attack there.

As for his support for Gabbard, see this article:

https://www.businessinsider.com/tulsi-gabbard-homophobic-history-defended-tucker-carlson-glenn-greenwald-2019-1
  This article also documents his collaboration with Tucker Carlson. This
article (
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/glenn-greenwald-rips-msnbc-to-tucker-carlson-they-fed-people-total-disinformation-and-exploited-fears-on-russia/
)
does likewise. It also shows how he aligns himself with the likes of Jeremy
Scahill.


As for his defense of the red-brown alliance and his equating the Tea Party
with Occupy, see this interview he did with RT while he was in Russia
https://www.rt.com/usa/432042-greenwald-rt-interview-moscow/ In it he is
quoted as saying, "Two of the most important protest movements in the US –
one was the Tea Party, the other was Occupy Wall Street – were both
perceived to be on different ends of the political spectrum. Yet they had
very similar issues in common. They were protesting the bailout of Wall
Street after the Wall Street crisis, the domination of corporations.... I
think that left and right as we understood them for the last four decades
are starting to morph into pro-establishment and anti-establishment
dynamics and that will only continue." That last comment especially, in
which he dismisses a left-right divide, is the exact position of the likes
of Steve Bannon and Alexander Dugin.

In that interview, Greenwald continues "There are factions within the
intelligence community of the United States, the NSA, the CIA, the FBI that
hate Donald Trump and will do anything to destroy him, including leaking
classified information against him." While Greenwald dismisses the
Trump-Russia collusion as "conspiracy theory", it is he, himself, who
engages in this sort of nonsense here. Why would these "factions" inside
the CIA, etc. hate Trump? The reason given by his type in the past is that
"Trump wants peace". Is that what he's claiming?

Greenwald an "exceptionally astute, well-informed spokesperson"? Hardly.

Johanson dismisses my criticisms of Greenwald as being ad hominem attacks,
but in considering the views of a commentator on a particular issue it is
perfectly legitimate to consider their overall views. And I do think that
Greenwald's overall views mean that he's not to be taken seriously.

John Reimann

-- 
*“In politics, abstract terms conceal treachery.” *from "The Black
Jacobins" by C. L. R. James
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