Glenn Greenwald: “One of the harms of the Trump era is the infiltration of security state officials…into “news analysis” as popular commentators. They are trained, professional liars. They lie because it’s what they were taught to do.

by CelineHagbard

 

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.”

 

 

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