Greenwald slams liberal reporter Julia Ioffe as ‘censorship advocate’ after suggestion to strip Fox News of First Amendment rights
“At what point does the defense start being invoked enough for the authorities to determine that what Fox News does is like yelling fire in a crowded theater and is no longer protected by the First Amendment?” GQ writer Julia Ioffe tweeted this week.
The take was in response to a story about an attorney for a client facing charges over the January 6 Capitol riot, who claimed he had “Foxitus” and “Foxmania” from watching the right-leaning network excessively for six months.Also on rt.com Greenwald blasts the Guardian for posting ‘false claim’ about his relationship with Substack platform
Ioffe invoking the often misused “yelling fire in a crowded theater” defense – the phrase originates from a decades-old Supreme Court case with a decision that was eventually overturned – did not inspire much confidence in her case.
“Here's GQ's @juliaioffe suggesting that the ‘authorities’ should start considering declaring Fox News to be outside the bounds of First Amendment press freedom protections (invoking the historically ignorant fire-theater cliché to justify it),” Journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted on Friday, adding his shock that a “journalist” would express such an opinion.
Here's GQ's @juliaioffe suggesting that the "authorities" should start considering declaring Fox News to be outside the bounds of First Amendment press freedom protections (invoking the historically ignorant fire-theater cliché to justify it). This is a "journalist" saying this! pic.twitter.com/UlSiMa9IuK— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 7, 2021
In a followup tweet, Greenwald accused “liberal journalists” of being the “leading advocates for censorship.”
I cannot stress enough what a civil liberties crisis it is that the leading advocates of censorship in the US are liberal journalists: the same people whose duty is to champion the First Amendment, not demand its gutting.And look how much they worship and revere "authorities": pic.twitter.com/AdPvMjD4BQ— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 7, 2021
“She’s a good little communist stooge. Must prevent wrongthink,” conservative filmmaker Nick Searcy added.
The same could be said of CNN and MSNBC, as they have repeatedly put forth misinformation to it's viewers that is tantamount to what you allege Fox news has done to theirs. No one has called for the censoring or shutting down of these news agencies. Politically driven nonsense.— Rob Denton (@RobbieVanGogh) May 7, 2021
Delete this tweet.— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) May 7, 2021
Ioffe has attacked Greenwald in the past for supposedly targeting “young, ambitious, successful women,” citing criticism of multiple female journalists, but Greenwald has argued that sexism accusations are merely being used to deflect from his criticisms.
“They infantalize prominent professional women and then somehow accuse others of being misogynistic. What's more misogynistic than claiming that adult women can't endure critiques of their journalism the way men can?” he tweeted last month in response to the accusations.
What's beyond obvious is that @JuliaIoffe harbors intense contempt for gay men, endlessly using her platform to attack us by exploiting long-standing anti-gay tropes about how we hate women.Unfortunately for us, Julia, we see you.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 27, 2021
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