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Written by Vinny Guarino
Launched in 2014, The Intercept first covered the National Security Agency’s surveillance scandal.
They published material leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden showing that the NSA created a system that could infect millions of computers worldwide with malware. One particular part of the report showed the agency disguising itself as a Facebook server in order to hack into computers for surveillance.
Fun fact: After hearing of this report, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly called President Barack Obama and proceeded to yell at him about the NSA’s dangerous surveillance practices.
While The Intercept began with a focus on this NSA scandal, they did have larger goals in mind. In their About section of the online publication, they provide a mission statement:
“The Intercept is dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism. We believe journalism should bring transparency and accountability to powerful governmental and corporate institutions, and our journalists have the editorial freedom and legal support to pursue this mission.”
Before The Intercept was launched in 2014, I had heard of Jeremy Scahill, one of the co-founders of the online publication. In 2013, Scahill directed an Academy Award-nominated documentary called Dirty Wars where he investigated some of America’s contemporary covert wars. I just remember watching this guy walk around countries such as Afghanistan and Somalia thinking — “this guy has balls.”
But yeah, that’s some of the fearless journalism The Intercept promotes.
Also, one of the best parts about this website is that the writers are equally critical of Republicans and Democrats. They rip Obama and Trump pretty much every day. A bit more emphasis on Trump now because he is president but you get the point.
Check out this article from yesterday (1/30/2017):
Not a headline someone from either main political party can share right away on Facebook. It’s a jarring statement. Read the story and you will see Glenn Greenwald’s harsh criticism of Obama’s drone warfare policies, Trump’s continuation of them, and Trump’s Muslim refugee ban.
Greenwald celebrates the protests throughout America but also worries that they strictly oppose Trump and his policies — when really there is a larger “mentality and framework” that needs emphatic opposition.
Sometimes I read articles on The Intercept that align perfectly with my opinions, and other times I read articles on The Intercept that force me to reevaluate my perspective on certain issues.
Sometimes what I read on The Intercept scares me, and sometimes it inspires me.
I think that’s how the news should be. That’s how you know there’s some truth in it.
P.S. Just because I think The Intercept is great doesn’t mean that they are perfect. Also, you should never rely on a sole publication for news. Mix up your sources :)