This is telling. Greenwald associate Trevor Timm compares people who think Edward Snowden works with Russia to 9/11 Truthers, and is immediately swarmed with outraged comments from his fans who are 9/11 Truthers.
The gays are going to force us all into tolerating them, Or kill us. Or tolerance-camp us.
Something that requires a pre-emptive strike by the forces of decency…which will coincidentally take the form of policing the population for gayness, criminalizing gayness, and maybe forced reparitive therapy…in camps. And the occasional stoning to keep morale high.
Following the resignation of Mozilla president Brendan Eich, the wingnut talking heads have increased their outpouring of claims that public protest against discrimination is a sign that gays are the real persecutors.
Gays stifle dissent by protests and boycotts, therefore they’re fascists. Wingnuts don’t boycott anything, because freedom…unless it’s pertinent to gay people.
Gays are intolerant of intolerant Christians…and btw, you can’t be truly Christian and tolerant of gay marriage. So a sizable chunk of Christendom just vanishes.
Gay organizations are terrorists, because they make people afraid…not, you know, actual terrorists who issue violent threats, blow up stuff, and kill and beat people. But they’re going to, we are continuously assured, as soon as they have power. They’ll murder Christians and conservatives They’ll corrupt the youth and make them believe wrong things.
So let’s take this at face value, that this is a criticism of activists and extremists. But gay organizations aren’t all representative of all gay people, right? It’s not like they’d say the same thing of any homosexual person, regardless of whether or not they express themselves on the political stage? It’s not like the bundle of assertions made following the Mozilla dust-up are simply replays of an opt-repeated script? Surely, these critics would accept that premise, and a modicum of research won’t turn up an ongoing agenda of denying any legitimacy to the concept of homosexuality?
Are you surprised to find out that right wing Birther Donald Trump is also opposed to vaccinations?
If I were President I would push for proper vaccinations but would not allow one time massive shots that a small child cannot take - AUTISM.
Presenting serious Russia Today journalist Abby Martin’s very first Tweet — a link to a crazy 9/11 truther video by Charlie Sheen titled, “Charlie Sheen’s Video Message to President Obama” or “Charlie Sheen Requests Meeting With Obama Over 9/11 Cover-Up!” The video is uniquely produced and hosted by Prison Planet on The Alex Jones Channel.
Also recently revealed: some of serious RT journalist Abby Martin’s artwork.
The Incredibly Strange Firebagger Who Stopped Living and Became a Mixed Up Greenwald Cultist
In Which 9/11 Truther and Russia Today Shill Abby Martin Calls Me a “Pathetic Hack”
In Which Glenn Greenwald Praises a 9/11 Truther as a Hero of Journalistic Independence
Finally, these words from Glenn Greenwald:
American media elites awash in an orgy of feel-good condemnation in particular love to mock Russian media, especially the government-funded English-language outlet RT, as being a source of shameless pro-Putin propaganda, where free expression is strictly barred (in contrast to the Free American Media). That that network has a strong pro-Russian bias is unquestionably true. But one of its leading hosts, Abby Martin, remarkably demonstrated last night what “journalistic independence” means by ending her Breaking the Set program with a clear and unapologetic denunciation of the Russian action in Ukraine…
Update: added screenshot of now deleted Tweet by Abby Martin above.
There’s something of a mini-rebellion of news anchors (an anchor putsch) going on at Russia Today, the propaganda channel operated by the Kremlin. First 9/11 Truther Abby Martin made negative remarks about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and now another anchor, Liz Wahl, has gone further and resigned on air.
I’m cynical enough, of course, to suspect that the whole thing is just another bit of propaganda theater from a regime known for it. But Wahl has also given an interview to the Daily Beast’s James Kirchick, with some extremely direct statements about the true mission and purpose of her erstwhile employer: Exclusive: RT Today Anchor Liz Wahl Explains Why She Quit.
“In order to succeed there you don’t question,” she adds. “In a way you kind of suppress any concerns that you have and play the game.”
And that game is spewing anti-American, anti-Western, pro-Russian propaganda, 24-7. “People don’t want to speak up so they won’t be that person who speaks out, who’s ruffling feathers, that’s something that I thought of, ‘just shut your mouth,’ that’s a lot of how it goes. The status quo remains that way because nobody wants to speak up for fear of the inconvenience or what it will cause you in your future.”
Having worked on the inside, Wahl understands perfectly RT’s marketing strategy, which is to appeal to a young, Western demographic cynical about mainstream media outlets and traditional political authority. “I think some of them are kind of like this hipster generation, they just kind of think it’s cool to question authority,” she says. But what the network’s many young viewers don’t understand, or refuse to understand, is that the channel’s message emanates from the most authoritarian of sources: the Kremlin. “I don’t think it’s a service to anybody to push a narrative that’s not true or actively twist the truth.”
“It actually makes me feel sick that I worked there,” Wahl says. “It’s not a sound news organization, not when your agenda is making America look bad.”
Again my cynical side rears its sarcastic head and tells me that Liz Wahl’s sudden epiphany seems to come at a very convenient moment, after years of obediently pushing the Kremlin line, when Russian propaganda is at a height not seen since the Cold War. But still, this is a pretty extraordinary statement regardless; she’s calling out Russia Today for exactly what’s been obvious to many observers for years, that it’s a pure propaganda outlet that exists to undermine the US on every level.
And that particular point of view is one that’s vehemently denied by … the Mighty Glenn Greenwald, who takes every opportunity to defend Russia Today against precisely this kind of criticism, and who has himself appeared on Russia Today many times.
You can expect a chorus of cheers from the Greenwald personality cult over this, but will any of them also have the honesty to admit that what Liz Wahl said is the simple truth? Or will it be absurd bogus equivalence… like this:
Nothing remotely similar happened during run-up to Iraq War. No US news anchors resigned http://t.co/44nSybWqUH
Next act in the play; Russia Today’s response:
Ms. Wahl’s resignation comes on the heels of her colleague Abby Martin’s recent comments in which she voiced her disagreement with certain policies of the Russian government and asserted her editorial independence. The difference is, Ms. Martin spoke in the context of her own talk show, to the viewers who have been tuning in for years to hear her opinions on current events - the opinions that most media did not care about until two days ago. For years, Ms. Martin has been speaking out against US military intervention, only to be ignored by the mainstream news outlets - but with that one comment, branded as an act of defiance, she became an overnight sensation. It is a tempting example to follow.
When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.
We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.