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Greenwald: Another Russia Interference Story Falls Apart

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By    |   Friday, 29 September 2017 09:39 AM

Journalist Glenn Greenwald slammed the media for hyperventilating over every Russia story instead of doing its due diligence through reporting to verify or debunk it.

Instead, mostly liberal outlets jump right to absolute proclamations about the veracity of the election, demonstrating "that an incredibly reckless, anything-goes climate prevails when it comes to claims about Russia," Greenwald wrote in a column for The Intercept, a site he co-founded.

"Media outlets will publish literally any official assertion as truth without the slightest regard for evidentiary standards," the journalist and author wrote.

The latest sin — the now debunked report from the Department of Homeland Security that Russia tried to hack the elections systems of 21 states.

"Sometimes stories end up debunked. There's nothing particularly shocking about that. If this were an isolated incident, one could chalk it up to basic human error that has no broader meaning," Greenwald wrote. "But this is no isolated incident. Quite the contrary: this has happened over and over and over again."

And, much like the weapons of mass destruction fiction from 2002, Russia stories are "now driven by religious-like faith rather than rational faculties," Greenwald wrote.

"No questioning of official claims is allowed. And the penalty for desiring to see evidence for official claims, or questioning the validity and persuasiveness of the evidence that is proffered, are accusations that impugn one's patriotism and loyalty," Greenwald wrote.

"Simply wanting to see evidence for official claims about Russia is proof, in many quarters, that one is a Kremlin agent or at least adores Putin — just as wanting to see evidence in 2002, or questioning the evidence presented for claims about Saddam, was viewed as proof that one harbored sympathy for the Iraqi dictator," Greenwald wrote.

Greenwald is known for publishing a series of stories based on classified documents provided by Edward Snowden during his time at the The Guardian.

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