Glenn Greenwald succinctly and insightfully explains the negative consequences of “ex” intelligence officers being paraded as the truth on mainstream media, using #Resistance to gain credibility from those who see Trump as a threat to democracy. Whether you’re for, against, or ambivalent about Trump, this is a disturbing trend in modern media.
Full Text of tweets:
1/ One of the harms of the Trump era is the infiltration of security state officials like this – an ex-GCHQ agent – into “news analysis” as popular commentators. They are trained, professional liars. They lie because it’s what they were taught to do. This whole tweet is a lie: twitter.com/pwnallthethings/status/1065073127523258369
2/ Literally that whole tweet – about ACLU & Snowden – was a lie. ACLU didn’t promote bitcoin. Snowden explained – not promoted or sold – crypto-currency. Just compare this GCHQ agent’s lie to the actual article to see how false it is: www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/internet-privacy/edward-snowden-explains-blockchain-his-lawyer-and-rest-us
3/ But because people believe security state officials now – since they’ve been marketed as Truth Agents here to stop Trump – people assumed what he said was true & ACLU was inundated with threats to cut off donations. So they submissively deleted the tweet: all based on a lie.
4/ Most major US media outlets – beginning with CNN & MSNBC – now employ professional trained security state liars – from CIA, NSA, GCHQ, Pentagon – as “news analysts.” That’s what “state TV” is: having security state functionaries, trained in propaganda, disseminating “news”
5/ But because security state agencies re-branded themselves as #Resistance to Trump, they somehow became viewed as oracles of truth and wisdom. Our discourse is completely infected by their trained propaganda. Read @jackshafer on how pervasive this is: www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/02/06/john-brennan-james-claper-michael-hayden-former-cia-media-216943
6/ US media outlets love to accuse others – domestic competitors as well as media outlets in the countries they hate – of being “state TV.” But if your “news” is packaged, assessed & delivered by paid agents of CIA, FBI & NSA – as is true of many of them – that is “state TV.”