Is Glenn Greenwald a Liar? Or Is He Just Someone Who Makes Confident Assertions of Fact without Having the Slightest Clue Whether They Are True?
It’s time for Glenn Greenwald to retract, and apologize for, a flat-out misstatement about me he made this morning.
Here’s Greenwald, this morning, on my blog, speaking to me:
Your “day job” didn’t seem to prevent you from spewing all sorts of moralizing and self-righteous condemnations over the Evil of The Deb Frisch Comments.
. . . .
You certainly were vigilant in railing against those irr[e]levancies, even though you’re way too busy to notice or condemn any of the far more significant, vile rhetoric pouring forth regularly from the higher echelons on the Right — a glaring inconsistency which, incidentally, was the principal point of my post.
This is a flat-out falsehood. And the only question is whether it’s a knowing lie, or whether Greenwald just popped off with this assertion without having the slightest idea whether it was true.
Let’s roll the tape, shall we?
Clearly, the most prominent obnoxious conservative loudmouth around these days is Ann Coulter. Regular readers know I have been scathing and relentless in my denunciation of Coulter. The next several quotes are from me, on this blog, about Coulter. I’ll highlight some parts, for emphasis:
We’ll start with this:
Shut up, already, Ann. Just shut up. After your recent remarks joking about assassinating Justice Stevens, dontcha think it’s time to cool the assassination jokes for a while — as in: forever?
Conservatives, it’s our job to call her out on this. This woman has proven herself incapable of engaging in serious discourse without constant “joking” fantasies about violence against government officials. I denounce her comments about assassinating public officials — jokes or no — and I encourage other conservatives to do the same.
and move on to this:
Ann Coulter (whom I have said many times I don’t like) has said yet another stupid thing, using the term “ragheads” to describe certain Muslims.
My initial impression is that this is about as strong evidence of the repugnance of Ann Coulter as anything I’ve ever read by her.
I hate it when left-wingers define my beliefs according to some stupid thing Ann Coulter said.
or this, re her “Jersey Girls” comments:
I do not believe these women are immune from criticism. I just think that Coulter’s criticism went way, way over the line — and it’s part of a larger pattern.
She said the women are “enjoying their husbands’ deaths.” That is venal and nasty.
or this, a post titled “Why I Don’t Like Ann Coulter, Volume 14“:
She is the Ted Rall of the right.
(Hint for Greenwald: that is not a compliment.)
I have said on many occasions that I do not like Ann Coulter.
Which, I think it’s fair to say, is true.
My rhetoric is not limited to Ann Coulter. I have said:
I am conservative but not doctrinally so: for example, I am pro-gay rights; in favor of a “beyond all possible doubt” standard for death-penalty cases (and am very concerned about innocents on Death Row); anti-Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, and other conservatives whose rantings give sensible conservatives a bad name.
That’s not the only time I have whacked O’Reilly. In this post, I called him a “humorless and self-absorbed blowhard.”
In this post, I called conservative radio talk-show host Michael Savage a “moron.”
When a general said it was a “hell of a lot of fun to shoot” men in Afghanistan “who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil,” I took a terrible beating from my commenters for condemning him, saying: “[L]ike it or not, we are waging a public relations war as well as a military war. Comments like this hurt the public relations war badly.”
I could go on, but I think you get the point.
Mr. Greenwald, you owe me a big fat apology and a retraction. Try to muster some sincerity when you deliver it, mmmkay?
UPDATE: More dishonesty from Greenwald here.