Left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald says the establishment media’s conspiracy of collusion between President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian Federation is “more humiliating” than the bad reporting about weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), which led to the invasion of Iraq by the Bush administration.
During an interview on Democracy Now!, Greenwald called the Trump-Russia collusion narrative by the establishment media the “saddest media spectacle” he has ever seen since he began his journalism career in 2005.
Greenwald, like Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi, compared the Trump-Russia conspiracy to the claims that Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein had WMDs, which the Bush administration used to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
What makes it even sadder is to watch all of the people who vested their journalistic credibility into what proved to be a complete and total fraud and scam continue to try to cling to some vestige of credibility by continuing to spin conspiracy theories that are even more reckless and more unhinged than the ones to which we’ve been subjected for three years. [Emphasis added]
The great journalist and writer Matt Taibbi wrote … over the weekend, and I agree with him completely, that as humiliating as the media debacle was leading up to the Iraq War, what they did over the last years in the Trump-Russia story makes all that look like a pimple — even though obviously the Iraq war was much more destructive because it led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. The errors and lies and falsehoods and recklessness and speculation that we’ve been subjected to over and over and over that Robert Mueller just definitively debunked is far more humiliating, journalistically, far more unjustifiable, journalistically. [Emphasis added]
Who knows where it will lead to. It’s ratcheted up tensions between the two most dangerous nuclear arm powers in the world. [Empahsis added]
Greenwald compared MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who has drummed up the Trump-Russia collusion narrative for almost three years, to former New York Times journalist Judith Miller, whose reporting ahead of the Iraq War claimed definitively that Hussein had WMDs. Miller’s reports were used by the Bush administration to justify invading Iraq at the time.
“Rachel Maddow and MSNBC are the Judy Millers of this story, except unlike Judy Miller who was scapegoated for doing things that her male colleague did and had her career destroyed, Rachel Maddow will continue to make $10 million a year for NBC because she’s their most valuable brand and there will be no reckoning and consequences for this story that the media got radically, fundamentally, and deliberately wrong for almost three years now,” Greenwald said.
Following an independent investigation by Robert Mueller, the Trump campaign was found to have not colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election, and Trump has been cleared of obstruction of justice claims.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.