Internet Takes Smears Against Glenn Greenwald And Make It An Awesome Meme
from the #ggscandals dept
Ah, the days when you love “the internet.” We already wrote about how some in the mainstream media — including the NY Times and the NY Daily News — had decided to pursue what were clearly smear pieces on reporter Glenn Greenwald, who broke the NSA surveillance story with leaks from Ed Snowden. The smear campaign involved digging way back into the past and dredging up a couple of completely minor things that weren’t newsworthy when they happened and aren’t newsworthy now. What was encouraging was reading the comments on the NYDN piece, which we won’t give traffic to by linking from here, where most of the commenters condemned the paper and the reporter for the smear campaign.
However, “the internet” knows how to take something stupid and turn it into an awesome meme. Witness the #ggscandals hashtag on Twitter, in which people are coming up with a variety of fake “scandals” that involved Glenn Greenwald, highlighting just how ridiculously petty the claims being levied against Greenwald really are. The tweets are coming fast and furious. Here’s just a random sample of tweets that came in on the tag over the course of less than a minute:
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Comments on “Internet Takes Smears Against Glenn Greenwald And Make It An Awesome Meme”
More evidence that "the media"
is owned and operated by government and corporate interests.
What’s encouraging is to see that the pubic (at least in this instance) is not being fooled by this nonsense.
Re: Mainstream media -- selective coverage
The evidence that got me was how silent major outlets were about SOPA until the blackout. Then CNN begrudgingly reported on it, but made sure to tell you that their parent company was in favor of SOPA.
Now after the NSA scandal and how they’ve reported on it, I have lost any confidence I had.
Re: Re: Mainstream media -- selective coverage
I have lost any confidence I had.
You still had any?
Re: Re: Re: Mainstream media -- selective coverage
Unfortunately, I’m unable to answer this question with any confidence.
Re: More evidence that "the media"
Indeed, 90% of the US media is owned by just 5 big corporations, hence a lack of any real diversity in US media.
If you want real diversity in news, either read specialized online blogs, or foreign news websites. Even if the foreign news websites are owned by some of the same giant corporations, they’re at least trying to cater to a different audience and culture.
Re: Re: More evidence that "the media"
And now you know why the government dropped the restrictions on single companies owning multiple networks in the same area.
Free markets owned by a nanny government.
The saddest part: the Bush administration started it. Even Republicans have no standing to complain.
Glen Greenwald mass molested current owners of pro-Govt when they were kids. #ggscandals
pro Govt news outfits*
Brain was faster than hands.
Glen Greenwald is also responsible for causing baldness and impotence.
On August 6, 1994 Glen Greenwald washed and rinsed, but didn’t repeat. #ggscandals
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On the same day he wore white socks with black shoes!
Glen Greenwald lies about flossing to his dentist #ggscandals
Glenn Greenwald once told his mommy that other kids were picking on him. #ggscandals
The NY Times is owned by News Corp (since 2007) which itself is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Another media outlet of News Corp/Murdoch is Fox News.
The content of both seems remarkably similar.
“The NY Times is owned by News Corp”
I was unaware of this.
There seem to be contradicting claims, for example wikipedia
The Ochs-Sulzberger family trust controls roughly 88 percent of the company’s class B shares. Any alteration to the dual-class structure must be ratified by six of eight directors who sit on the board of the Ochs-Sulzberger family trust. The Trust board members are Daniel H. Cohen, James M. Cohen, Lynn G. Dolnick, Susan W. Dryfoos, Michael Golden, Eric M. A. Lax, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. and Cathy J. Sulzberger.
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My mistake. Murdoch owns the NY Post and not the NY Times.
The Wiki article you’ve linked mentions Murdoch in the Dual-class shares section just below. Which is what most likely stuck in my head when I composed my sleep-addled comment.
I usually read more carefully when trying to confirm my own statements before hitting the Submit button.
Re: ownership of NYT
Actually, NYT is owned by the Ochs-Sulzberger family trust, which controls roughly 88 percent of the company’s class B shares.
Character assassination, the go to propaganda technique when your narrative lacks substance. See petty, childish.
You’d think the media would still be up in arms at the government agencies for collecting information on their sources rather than siding with them on this…
What happened, did the NSA “promise” not to do it again in exchange for a smear campaign?
…or did they promise not to notice the dirt their surveillance dug up on them?
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More like the NSA threatened them with worse if they didn’t publicly try to smear Greenwald. Making offers to people to play nice is not how the NSA rolls. They prefer using strong arm tactics to get their way.
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Point taken, although I would characterize extortion as a strong arm tactic, too.
i heard glenn greenwald is SO mean...
…he actually expects so-called reporters to ACTUALLY DO THEIR JOBS ! ! !
how cruel and unusual is that…
aka ann archy
A study of independent clauses reveals GG has used a comma splice not once, but three times in the month of June alone.
And that is why I watch the BBC and AlJazeera for news. In the US, we didn’t even HEAR about “Occupy Wall Street” for TWO WHOLE WEEKS. Corporate Amerika didn’t want us to know about the protest against the people WHO TANKED THE ECONOMY…
A little aside.. if you’re pissed at the big banks and wall street asshats, STOP USING YOUR PLASTIC… use a check or cash. Hit the fuckers where it hurts… the bottom line.
…prefers the cookie part of an Oreo.
When Glenn Greenwald was working at McDonald’s in his formative years, a customer once asked him for a medium soda and Glenn gave him a large.
Glenn Greenwald thinks The Godfather Part III is the best one.
Jar Jar Binks is Glenn Greenwald’s favorite Star Wars character. Also, Glenn insists Greedo shot first.
I could do this all day, people.
Re: Glenn Greenwald...
“Jar Jar Binks is Glenn Greenwald’s favorite Star Wars character. Also, Glenn insists Greedo shot first.”
Holy hell! We really can’t trust anything he says then!
Glenn Greenwald tore the “do-not-remove” tags off of pillows and mattresses… Arrest him!!!!!
Again the main reason that like Wolfy, I no longer pay any attention to US MSM news. It’s no longer relevant as a news source unless I want the government propaganda. If I want to know what is going on in the world, I have to get my news sources from other places.
Somehow MSM wants to cry that it’s losing income and isn’t any longer profitable. Well when eyeballs leave because you’re no longer reporting on the news people want to know about, that’s what happens.
The real reasons behind why news media is in dire straits now comes out. It has more to do with not reporting on the news that is real news than anything.
Call me extremely puzzled why we haven’t started referring to the MSM by their FAR more accurate name.. namely the defacto US Department of Propaganda.. They have been acting like a cabinet-level administration department since at least Clinton.. I recall distinctly hearing CNN referred to as the “Clinton News Network” back then… of course, now its the “Communist News Network”….
Glenn Greenwald once told a kid his fly was open, and then said “Made you look!”
The 2013 version of Chuck Norris.
Glenn Greenwald changed his name to Rick James so he could slap handicap kids in the face.
Ok that was pretty damned funny.
Glenn Greenwald cannibalized three nuns while high on bath salts.
Glenn Greenwald invented aids.
Glenn Greenwald wants to bring back the 8-track.
Glenn Greenwald steals change from the homeless.
Erm! Lying is fun I can’t stop myself! Damn you TD 🙁
Well, mostly we were making shit up, but the MSM does that as well, so a fitting mockery of them.
Brightened my day.
The internet wins an internet today.
Some say he knows two facts about ducks, and they’re both wrong.
Glenn Greenwald wears a Band-Aid to look tough.
NYDN is getting flamed in their comments
Just about 100% of the comments in the NYDN article are calling NYDN on their hit piece. I’m guessing whoever paid for the piece isn’t going to happy with the result…
I knew the DOJ was incompetent, I knew the MPAA dn the RIAA were liars, but to make Kim Dotcom look good and make people root for him is just too much.
These people accomplished the impossible, but shear stupidity alone that is incredible.
Bad news for every American law abiding citizen, but great for all pirates in the world.
Glen Greenwald secretly watches Michael Moore documentaries.
Damn, I spelled Glenn wrong.
I heard he secretly collected information on the NSA. Im not sure how true this really is though. LOL!!!
I hear that GG attended a congressional hearing, received a direct question, stared a senator in the face, and lied. AND he’s even open about having done it.
Fantastic commentary by Chris Hayes about the hypocritical treatment of GG by the media