Company Man: The Data Behind Glenn Greenwald's Twitter Loyalty to Fox News
He's hardly tweeted a critical word about the network since April 2020
Conservative provocateur Glenn Greenwald takes pride in his consistency and principles—especially when it comes to taking the media to task.
Over the course of 16-year career, Greenwald has pilloried conservative and liberal media outlets alike for what he sees as their refusal to challenge power and ask hard questions. Those critiques have been biting, and often essential; and no corporate media outlet escaped criticism. Up until recently, it didn’t matter whether the targets were conservatives or liberals, Greenwald took them all on.
That’s changed. Today, Greenwald appears interested in using his mammoth Twitter account, with 1.7 million followers, to attack only one side of the media. Liberal-leaning MSNBC and CNN still rightfully come in for attack, but right-wing Fox now escapes Greenwald’s scrutiny.
I wondered how often Greenwald has criticized Fox in the past, and how that’s changed over time. So I went through Greenwald’s tweets since September 2016 to see how his attitude to Fox has changed as he’s become a more frequent guest.
His views, to put it mildly, have shifted.
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In order to find out just how positive Greenwald has become in his posts about Fox, I separated his tweets mentioning the network by name into two categories: Positive and Negative. My methodology was subjective, but fair—if anything I erred on the side of seeing Greenwald as a fundamentally objective actor despite the broader context.