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Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald continues to kick a** and take names, and next on his list was CNN’s resident media hall monitor Brian Stelter, who tagged Greenwald in a tweet he posted earlier today that referenced a predictable Daily Beast hit piece on a public/media figure who regularly appears on Fox News:

The Intercept EIC @betsyreed2 talking about Intercept founding co-founder, now critic, @ggreenwald: “He’s become a practitioner of manufactured controversy in the service of the hard right in this country.” https://t.co/qyOVegCn9C

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 2, 2021

Greenwald, for those who don’t know, resigned from the Intercept in October 2020 alleging, among other things, editorial censorship over stories critical of then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. He is occasionally critical of the alternative news outlet he co-founded in 2014, and they often respond in kind.

He’s heard the tiresome arguments before about his frequent appearances on Fox News and how some of the statements he makes fit into right-wing narratives about the left and the liberal media. What his critics typically fail to point out, however, is that he is an equal opportunity critic of both the left and the right, as his Twitter feed alone demonstrates on a daily basis.

It is perhaps with that in mind that Greenwald passed up the chance to argue against the claim made in Stelter’s tweet, instead going right for the jugular and pointing to CNN’s collapsing ratings – and Stelter’s in particular:

The only ones with a smaller audience than CNN is the Intercept. This won’t help, Brian. https://t.co/oy6RQFodCT

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 2, 2021

If I were @brianstelter and hosted a weekend show that has fewer viewers than the average Manhattan street — all while watching my network collapse — I’d guess I’d also be doing things like tweeting random insults about me from obscure Intercept editors. Have to numb the pain.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 2, 2021

Understandably sensitive to the inconvenient facts about CNN’s nosedive, Stelter laughably touted his Sunday numbers and told Greenwald not to “worry” about his show:

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