For @RollingStone podcast, I talked to @mtaibbi & @kthalps about the advent of "tattletale journalism," what corporate journalists consider to be major power centers meriting investigation (Proud Boys: YES; CIA: NO), and related topics (starts at 31:00):https://t.co/say2eM5VVA— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 12, 2021
I won’t pretend to understand these people.
They are humorless, hypersensitive, unfriendly middle class scolds and hall monitors who are obsessed with policing thoughts and words. They are the sworn enemy of all independent minded people. This is why the public hates them and nothing is more unifying among Trump voters.
These people are massive control freaks who are obsessed with micromanaging things which ultimately don’t matter as opposed to practical political goals like changing public policy. They assume that their own personal opinions, attitudes and tastes can be the standard of morality for over 300 million people, conflate the political arena with the moral sphere and sit in judgement of people on that basis. These people are enraged by slight differences of opinion even with other Americans on the Left. It is politically toxic and self defeating behavior. The Wokelash is coming and it is going to be epic.
“A new and rapidly growing journalistic “beat” has arisen over the last several years that can best be described as an unholy mix of junior high hall-monitor tattling and Stasi-like citizen surveillance. It is half adolescent and half malevolent. Its primary objectives are control, censorship, and the destruction of reputations for fun and power. Though its epicenter is the largest corporate media outlets, it is the very antithesis of journalism.
I’ve written before about one particularly toxic strain of this authoritarian “reporting.” Teams of journalists at three of the most influential corporate media outlets — CNN’s “media reporters” (Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy), NBC’s “disinformation space unit” (Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny), and the tech reporters of The New York Times (Mike Isaac, Kevin Roose, Sheera Frenkel) — devote the bulk of their “journalism” to searching for online spaces where they believe speech and conduct rules are being violated, flagging them, and then pleading that punitive action be taken (banning, censorship, content regulation, after-school detention). These hall-monitor reporters are a major factor explaining why tech monopolies, which (for reasons of self-interest and ideology) never wanted the responsibility to censor, now do so with abandon and seemingly arbitrary blunt force: they are shamed by the world’s loudest media companies when they do not. …
But this is now the prevailing ethos in corporate journalism. They have insufficient talent or skill, and even less desire, to take on real power centers: the military-industrial complex, the CIA and FBI, the clandestine security state, Wall Street, Silicon Valley monopolies, the corrupted and lying corporate media outlets they serve. So settling on this penny-ante, trivial bullshit — tattling, hall monitoring, speech policing: all in the most anti-intellectual, adolescent and primitive ways — is all they have. It’s all they are. It’s why they have fully earned the contempt and distrust in which the public holds them. …”
These people say that I am the “bigot.”
The term “bigot” was coined to describe fanatics who have their mindset. They get off on hunting down, censoring and destroying the lives of other people. I’m easy going compared to these people. I truly don’t give a shit what other people believe. Just look at the comment section on this website.
Why do these people act like this? Isn’t this supposed to be America? We used to pride ourselves on our republican political culture. It didn’t matter what another citizen thought about any given issue. It was their right to express their viewpoint. This was a free country. Those who disagreed could express their viewpoint and mutual respect allowed people to agree to disagree on various issues.
At some point though, millions of people began moving away from our traditions, losing their religion and losing touch with traditional morality and substituting in their place the -isms and -phobias of political correctness and became little tyrants and started organizing themselves into witch hunting mobs. It began with the rise of modernism which romanticized the interior world of the self and the ideal of self-actualization. Modernists became obsessed with the “transformation of consciousness.” Subsequent generations grafted on critical theory and repressive tolerance, which became political correctness, and then postmodernism and “social justice” crusading, which emerged as wokeness. It was this series of steps that led to the libertine authoritarian who is tormented by his inner Freudian psychologist.
Note: I share Andrew Anglin’s hatred of these people. Although I don’t care for Andrew Anglin, Nick Fuentes or Ricky Vaughn, I have never said that they should be censored, arrested or personally harmed.