Glenn Greenwald's Departure From the Guardian

Friday, October 18, 2013


This week, Glenn Greenwald, now a household name for his role in reporting the Edward Snowden leaks, announced he was leaving The Guardian for a "a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity." Brooke talks to's Jay Rosen about that opportunity and how it could differ from current journalistic endeavors.


Jay Rosen

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Brooke Gladstone

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I disagree with Charles that it would be correct to describe Greenwald as "left-wing", at least not without a bunch of qualifications. You could certainly point to many views he has that could be fairly described as left wing, but on the other hand it's also not a coincidence that he's written many times for the Cato Institute and The American Conservative or that his most intense critics in the US at present are Democrats.

The broader point is that reductive, one-dimensional descriptions like "left-wing/right-wing" can often obscure more than they illuminate, especially for writers (like Greenwald) who don't have intense partisan commitments that cause them to align relatively cleanly along such an axis.

Oct. 20 2013 04:55 PM
Anthony McCarthy from Maine

I would disagree that Glenn Greenwald is a liberal. I'd never identify him as a liberal but as a libertarian. I say that as a traditional American style liberal who is extremely skeptical about Greenwald and his writing who has only occasionally agreed with him on some topics. I have read Greenwald's defense against the charges that he is a libertraian but I was only more convinced that he was one.

Oct. 20 2013 04:51 PM

This sounds interesting. As a consequence, I very much hope that the Koch Brothers sink at least as much money into buying an outlet, like the Chicago Tribune, and make it just as partisan from the right, as Glenn Greenwald and some writers from The Nation and/or Salon would be from the left.

I listened to this segment twice. Just to be certain as to whether Brooke Gladstone ever identified this new venture as "left wing" or "left leaning." I heard several times this venture and the participants as being "independent journalists." (That same hubris is demonstrated in the PBS series, "Independent Lens," right?)

Brooke alluded to this new venture being related to "blogging," but never mentioned the frankly left-wing orientation of these people. Yes, some of them have done something like blogging. But more than anything, they have been writers; writers in a variety of contexts, but always for left-leaning publications.

And that was something that Brooke never once mentioned. Maybe, Brooke presumed that by mentioning Salon and Slate, it would be understood that this was all about left-wing media. But she never once made it clear that this was all about left-wing advocacy journalism.

Oct. 20 2013 03:37 PM

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