The Intercept has a Left media bias.
Table of Contents
- Co-Founder Glenn Greenwald's Accusations of Bias
- Third-Party Accusations of Bias
- Bias of Intercept Writers
- The Intercept's Self-Proclaimed Bias
- Community Feedback
- About The Intercept
- Funding, Financing, and Ownership
Co-Founder Glenn Greenwald's Accusations of Bias
In Oct. 2020, Intercept co-founder Glenn Greewald resigned from the publication, accusing it of censorship and bias in an open letter. The Intercept responded with a statement denying the allegations. Greenwald wrote in part:
"The final, precipitating cause [for my resignation] is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression. ... "I had no objection to their disagreement with my views of what this Biden evidence shows: as a last-ditch attempt to avoid being censored, I encouraged them to air their disagreements with me by writing their own articles that critique my perspectives and letting readers decide who is right, the way any confident and healthy media outlet would. But modern media outlets do not air dissent; they quash it. So censorship of my article, rather than engagement with it, was the path these Biden-supporting editors chose."
Greenwald went on to accuse The Intercept's "current iteration" "completely unrecognizable" compared to its original vision. He wrote:
"Rather than offering a venue for airing dissent, marginalized voices and unheard perspectives, it is rapidly becoming just another media outlet with mandated ideological and partisan loyalties, a rigid and narrow range of permitted viewpoints (ranging from establishment liberalism to soft leftism, but always anchored in ultimate support for the Democratic Party), a deep fear of offending hegemonic cultural liberalism and center-left Twitter luminaries, and an overarching need to secure the approval and admiration of the very mainstream media outlets we created The Intercept to oppose, critique and subvert." "It is even rarer for The Intercept to publish content that would not fit very comfortably in at least a dozen or more center-left publications of similar size which pre-dated its founding, from Mother Jones to Vox and even MSNBC."
Intercept Editor in Chief Betsy Reed responded by saying the resignation stemmed from a "fundamental disagreement over the role of editors in the production of journalism and the nature of censorship." She continued:
"Glenn demands the absolute right to determine what he will publish. He believes that anyone who disagrees with him is corrupt, and anyone who presumes to edit his words is a censor. Thus the preposterous charge that The Intercept's reporters and editors, with the lone exception of Glenn Greenwald, have betrayed our mission to engage in fearless investigative journalism because we have been seduced by the lure of a Joe Biden presidency. A brief glance at the stories The Intercept has published on Joe Biden will suffice to refute those claims. The narrative he presents about his departure is teeming with distortions and inaccuracies — all of them designed to make him appear a victim, rather than a grown person throwing a tantrum."
Third-Party Accusations of Bias
The Washington Post's Erik Wemple noted in February 2014 that The Intercept refuses to use the term ""targeted killings" to refer to the U.S. drone program, instead referring to the drone strikes as "assassinations." Wemple noted that former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder disagreed that the killings amount to assassinations, and that "mainstream media outlets appear to side with Holder on this particular issue."
Bias of Intercept Writers
In February 2017, The Intercept hired Naomi Klein as Senior Correspondent. Klein is a social activist and critic of capitalism (Wikipedia). For The Intercept, she has written pieces such as, "Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not 'Human Nature'" and "The U.S. Government Has Become the Ultimate Extension of Donald Trump's For-Profit Brand."
The Intercept's Self-Proclaimed Bias
The Intercept says it is devoted to "fearless, adversarial journalism." Its stated editorial approach "does not mean mandating “balance” when one perspective on a subject — such as the science of climate change, or the justification for a war crime — is clearly without merit."
As of August 2018, 389 AllSides users agreed that The Intercept has as Left media bias.
About The Intercept
The Intercept is an online publication that launched in February 2014. It has a strong focus on freedom of the press, providing "aggressive and independent adversarial journalism" and imposing "transparency, and thus accountability, on those who wield the greatest governmental and corporate power." Its three co-founding editors were Glenn Greenwald, Laura Potras, and Jeremy Scahill.
The Intercept is owned by First Look Media, which was created and is funded by eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar. Greenwald is best known for his role in a series of reports published by The Guardian in June 2013 that detailed the United States and British global surveillance programs, based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden.
Funding, Financing, and Ownership
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