Deserved or undeserved, Glenn Greenwald will soon become “Pulitzer Prize Co-Winner Glenn Greenwald.” Bizarre, I know, considering the hyperbolic, misleading and often inaccurate NSA reporting he’s conducted for various publications including The Guardian and The Intercept. Nevertheless, you’d think a Pulitzer Prize winner would be better at vetting and fact-checking the materials to which he links online.
Today, Greenwald fired off the following tweet:
As Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballsdetailed, the link Greenwald provided leads to an extremist right-wing hate-site that’s almost entirely dedicated to trolling and smearing Johnson. The post itself, titled “It’s Only Shari’ah: Will Johnson Apologise to Geller & Spencer? Nah.,” is directly aimed at Johnson while also in support of Islamophobic wackaloon Pamela Geller.
The people who hang out there are the absolute bottom of the Internet barrel; many of them were banned from LGF for doing exactly what you see them doing at their new home. And they have been relentlessly stalking and harassing not just me, but anyone who posts at LGF or communicates with me on Twitter, for years.
But that’s not the worst part. The graphic at “the bottom of” the post which Greenwald referenced in his tweet is absolutely a fake. Here’s the graphic Greenwald wanted his 347,000 Twitter followers to see:
As Johnson pointed out in his post about this smear, “Maybe that “StinkProgress” logo should have been a red flag?” Yep. And here’s the actual graphic from ThinkProgress:
Whoops. Way to fact-check there, Greenwald. And here’s a reply from Greenwald’s former law partner and Twitter defender, Mona Holland:
Even if he hadn’t cited the fake graphic, the fact that Greenwald went out of his way to attack Johnson by linking to an obviously radical website run by sociopaths speaks volumes about Greenwald’s integrity. This is how he rolls. To be clear and contra-Charlie-Pierce, this isn’t about whether Greenwald is a jerkass, it’s about how far he’ll go in pursuit of his agenda, be it misinforming the public or smearing enemies using fake graphics from hate-sites.