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Glenn Greenwald slams media coverage of coronavirus pandemic as worst incident of 'media misconduct'

Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept, said the media’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic was the "worst event of media misconduct.”

Speaking on Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Greenwald said that the media's coverage of the pandemic was initially geared toward forcing people to stay home, and shaming those who went outside for acting irresponsibly.

Greenwald then added that the media shifted its tone around its coverage after the protests against police brutality over the summer following the police killing of George Floyd in May.

“Suddenly, it all turned to ‘What these people are doing is noble,’” he said. “And not only do you no longer have the obligation to stay at home, you now have the obligation to go and march against racism on the grounds that racism is the worst public [threat] than the coronavirus pandemic.”

Greenwald noted that despite its coverage of the protests, the media continued to shame people who went to church or gathered for outdoor protests for different causes.

“What it really made it seem like was there’s no trust or confidence due to public health authorities or media narratives surrounding this pandemic,” he said. “That they’re just manipulating this messaging to sanction certain events that they find politically palatable while demanding everybody stay home for the things that they don’t value .”