Goodbye, Glenn Greenwald

Ben Smith at BuzzFeed got the exclusive that Glenn Greenwald Will Leave Guardian To Create New News Organization. Simon Owens explained, “Glenn Greenwald is leaving The Guardian to create his own news site for ESPN. Just kidding about that last part.” Matthew Petrillo at Free Speech Radio News admitted, “Love a BuzzFeed exclusive.” Ahmed Shihab-Eldin from Huffington Post had another confession: “(Tempted To Apply)”

For more on the story, read Greenwald’s blog post on the matter: My statement and the Guardian's. Lukas Alpert at the Wall Street Journal wrote, “Glenn Greenwald to leave the Guardian to pursue unnamed: ‘journalistic opportunity.’” Jon Russell at The Next Web said, “Greenwald on leaving The Guardian: ‘I was presented with a once-in-a-career opportunity no journalist could decline.’” Karen Beninato with Forbes put it another way: “Truth-loving billionaire backs surveillance whistleblower in journalism startup. That's generally an imaginary ending.”

And for one more tidbit on this shakeup, Michael Calderone at the Huffington Post reports that Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras Teaming Up With Glenn Greenwald On New Media Venture. Hunter Walker from Talking Points Memo admitted, “We'll, I guess I was wrong about Peter Thiel.” Joe Pompeo at Capital New York said, “Shoulda guessed.”

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