Agreed, Taibbi should know better than to lower himself and respond in a similar fashion as the Daily Beast. To me, that doesn’t disqualify his points. I’ll take his perspective over most, though, particularly here:
The American liberalism I knew growing up was inclusive, humble, and democratic. It valued the free exchange of ideas among other things because a central part of the liberal’s identity was skepticism and doubt, most of all about your own correctitude.[bolding mine] … Truth was not a fixed thing that someone owned, it was at best a fleeting consensus, and in our country everyone, down to the last kook, at least theoretically got a say
I guessed that posting this would draw rebukes and have read them below. The rest of this post addresses them.
This wasn’t posted to gather likes. Unpopular opinions matter, too.
I still value Greenwald’s extensive contributions over the last 15-20 years and will simply apply more rigor when checking his facts. He’s made some mistakes lately, but that’s far from being a Trump supporter, no matter how much preaching Kos does to his choir. It was GWB who said, “You’re either with us or you are with the terrorists” That kind of coercive binary thinking appears to have made a return post-Trump. Greenwald has exposed more nefarious activity by politicians of either party than ten Daily Beasts, HuffPos, or other outlets with partisan leanings and integrity issues (the vast majority of outlets). NYT, anyone? A cursory audit of any of these would show plenty to eschew–but they don’t provide any substantial criticism of Biden, mostly stenography and agenda-setting via what they choose not to cover.
I’m not interested in whether people think a journalist is an asshole, but in learning the truth about elected officials and decisions they make in my name. I find it sad that this has led to his being excluded from so many outlets that only Fox will listen, and only because of their own mindless partisanship because he’s pointing out flaws with Biden, as many did–until he was elected.
What would people be saying about Helen Thomas if she were still here asking hard questions and expecting an honest esponse?
VMMV. We all have filters, emotions, and the choice to apply standards unevenly against people who rub us the wrong way.