Co-Founder of The Intercept resigns due to censorship of article critical of Joe Biden

Glenn Greenwald, a Co-Founder of The Intercept and the journalist best known for releasing the information provided by Edward Snowden, has resigned following what he calls “the same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press” that led to the censorship of his own articles.

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Today, Glenn Greenwald, a Co-Founder of The Intercept, published on his Twitter account that he has resigned from the online publication due to censorship.

Glenn Greenwald is best known for publishing a series of reports based on documents provided to him by Edward Snowden. One of the first articles Greenwald wrote on this topic appeared in The Guardian under the title “NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily”.

On his personal website, Greenwald wrote, “The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.”

Continuing, “The censored article, based on recently revealed emails and witness testimony, raised critical questions about Biden’s conduct. Not content to simply prevent publication of this article at the media outlet I co-founded, these Intercept editors also demanded that I refrain from exercising a separate contractual right to publish this article with any other publication.”

The first set of emails released by the New York Post revealed that Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden introduced his father while he was Vice President of the U.S. to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm. Less than a year after the meeting took place,  Joe Biden pressured Ukrainian government officials into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the energy company. 

One of the emails from the first set of released emails read, “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,”. 

In the past when Joe Biden has been asked about his son’s ties to Burisma, Biden claimed that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings”. 

Since the initial story from the New York Post, several other emails have been released by former business partners to Joe Biden’s son. Additionally, other business partners have come forward to the media, law enforcement, and Congress about their knowledge of Hunter and Joe Biden’s multiple foreign business dealings.

On his website, Greenwald wrote that he “had no objection to their disagreement” with his views of what the Biden evidence shows. He even suggested that they should “air their disagreements with me by writing their own articles that critique my perspectives and letting readers decide who is right,”.

Continuing that this is “the way any confident and healthy media outlet would.”

“But modern media outlets do not air dissent; they quash it. So censorship of my article, rather than engagement with it, was the path these Biden-supporting editors chose.”

Greenwald says that he will be publishing the article shortly on his own website. He also said that from now on, he will be publishing his journalism on his own site

Read Glenn Greenwald’s entire statement and resignation letter here.

UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald has added the Joe and Hunter Biden article that The Intercept refused to publish “absent major structural changes involving the removal of all sections critical of Joe Biden, leaving only a narrow article critiquing media outlets” to his website here.

The Intercept responded to Glenn Greenwald in a tweet and article.

Greenwald shot back on Twitter:

Greenwald wrote on his website that he will be publishing all “communications I had with Intercept editors surrounding this article so you can see the censorship in action and, given the Intercept’s denials, decide for yourselves”.

Read Glenn Greenwald’s article here about Hunter and Joe Biden.

UPDATE: Read the email correspondences between Greenwald and The Intercept editors here.

In the email correspondence, Greenwald lays out to Peter Maass at The Intercept, the “nakedly political” reasons for why the editors did not want to publish his critical piece of the Biden claims.

In an email, Greenwald responds to Maass saying, “What’s happening here is obvious: you know that you can’t explicitly say you don’t want to publish the article because it raises questions about the candidate you and all other TI Editors want very much to win the election in 5 days. So you have to cast your censorship as an accusation — an outrageous and inaccurate one — that my article contains factually false claims, all as a pretext for alleging that my article violates The Intercept’s lofty editorial standards and that it’s being rejected on journalistic grounds rather than nakedly political grounds.”

Continuing, “But your memo doesn’t identify a single factual inaccuracy, let alone multiple ones. And that’s why you don’t and can’t identify any such false claims. And that, in turn, is why your email repeatedly says that what makes the draft false is that it omits facts which — as I just demonstrated — the draft explicitly includes.”

In Greenwald’s fourth point to Waass, he takes aim at The Intercepts journalistic standards.

“Repeatedly over the past several months, I’ve brought to Betsy’s attention false claims that were published by The Intercept in articles that were designed to protect Biden and malign Trump. Some have been corrected or quietly deleted, while others were just left standing.”

Greenwald believes that “This rigorous editorial process emerges only when an article deviates from rather than recites the political preferences of The Intercept and/or the standard liberal view on political controversies.”

One of the other editors on the email chain, Betsy Reed, responded to Greenwald saying the following:

In Greenwald’s last response, he let The Intercept and the parent company know he sought to resign from First Look Media (FLM) and The Intercept, and to terminate his contract.

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