Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Since breaking the National Security Agency spying story for The (London) Guardianlast year, Glenn Greenwald has been the target of attacks from fellow journalists who seem to labor under the delusion that it's their job to protect the government.

Soon after he reported revelations of government malfeasance provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, NBC's David Gregory asked Greenwald, "To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden ... why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?"

This accusation, dressed up as a question, was nonsensical. That it came from a fellow journalist was bizarre. How could reporting news be "aiding and abetting"? What crime could Greenwald possibly have committed? Most important, which government minion tricked the host of Meet the Press into thinking that reporters can't -- and don't -- publish government secrets?


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She concludes with this:

Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg noted that the friendly fire against Greenwald is unusual. Ellsberg told an interviewer last year that though he himself was an enemy of the government for leaking secrets during the Vietnam War, "journalists were not turning on journalists."

Political philosopher Hannah Arendt once noted, "To think critically is to always be hostile." This should be the mantra of all journalists. As for Greenwald's critics, perhaps they could turn their hostile gaze from him to a more worthwhile target: the government they've been charged with holding accountable.

What I don't think she gets is that the reaction would have been very different had this story broke under a Republican president. Remember the 'warrantless wiretaps'? That was NOTHING compared to the NSA thing. The MSM went absolutely ballistic over the wiretaps. Bush was a Nazi running a police state. But when it's uncovered that Obama is doing much worse, then they turn their ire toward the leaker.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-05-29 10:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

Any so called 'journalist' who attacks Greenwald for publishing Snowden's revelations is nothing more than a government shill with no right to even be viewed as a journalist.

#2 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-05-30 02:17 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Any so called 'journalist' who attacks Greenwald for publishing Snowden's revelations is nothing more than a government shill with no right to even be viewed as a journalist.


There are no real liberals in power nor fascist media in the usa.

Not one.

#3 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-30 02:54 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

"The Snowden leaks were important -- a legitimate scoop -- and we might never have known about the N.S.A.'s lawbreaking if it hadn't been for them. Most leaks from large bureaucracies are "good" leaks: no danger to national security, no harm to innocent people, information the public ought to have.

The trouble is this: Greenwald says that Snowden told him to "use your journalistic judgment to only publish those documents that the public should see and that can be revealed without harm to any innocent people."

Once again, this testimony proves the opposite of what Greenwald and Snowden seem to think. Snowden may be willing to trust Greenwald to make this judgment correctly -- but are you?

And even if you do trust Greenwald's judgment, which on the evidence might be unwise, how can we be sure the next leaker will be so scrupulous?"


Therein lies the problem... Greenwald is the unelected Vetter in Chief of national security intel.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-30 04:01 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Just as the Journalist who had the guts to stand-up to the treasonous conservative liars Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and the draft-dodging chicken-hawk cowards Limbaugh, Dick Cheney and his trained monkey Bush JR, in the future Mr Greenwald will be considered a great man, and a true hero

#5 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-30 09:07 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#4 | Posted by Corky

Corky wants those who are ordering the spying to be whistle blowers on themselves.
you know they will do it because they are honest and above reproach.
after all they have a D after their NAME!

#6 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-05-31 06:36 AM | Reply | Flag:


LOL, just who are those "Journalist"? So famous you don't know their names. Go ahead name them, I will give you time to use TheGoogle.

Heck, you won't remember Greenwald in a year.

All that being said, I find journalist attacking this guy to be par for the course of the current media mindset protecting its own political beliefs.

If the President was, oh I don't know say GeorgeWBush, Greenwald would be a hero.......

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-05-31 11:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

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