Suck it

For Glenn Greenwald the news that the NSA has not only been spying on Benjamin Netanyahu but members of Congress who spoke to him, most likely about blocking the Iran deal, is like a glass of Veuve Clicqot. On the bleating of former representative Jane Harman a few years ago and colleague Pete Hoekstra’s newfound… More Suck it

Spouting the phrase ‘collateral damage’

The American airstrike on an Afghan hospital did not produce an edifying effect on the media’s coverage. Glenn Greenwald fumes: This obfuscation tactic is the standard one the U.S. and Israel both use whenever they blow up civilian structures and slaughter large numbers of innocent people with airstrikes. Citizens of both countries are well-trained –… More Spouting the phrase ‘collateral damage’

About Ahmed Mohammed

Greenwald: There are all sorts of obvious, extreme harms that come from being a nation at permanent war. Your country ends up killing huge numbers of innocent people all over the world. Vast resources are drained away from individuals and programs of social good into the pockets of weapons manufacturers. Core freedoms are inexorably and… More About Ahmed Mohammed

‘A Good Journalist must pretend they have no opinions…’

This morning’s Washington Post: In thirteen words, we see a classic example of false equivalence, abetted by reporters conscripted by phony both-sides-do-it twaddle. Helen Thomas got the same treatment during the Bush administration. Because her questions didn’t defer to the authority of a Cabinet secretary or vice president, she got ridiculed by her sometime colleagues.… More ‘A Good Journalist must pretend they have no opinions…’

Charlie Hebdo redux

For a semester I’ve co-taught a class in which we ask students to examine rhetorical strategies used by media, politicians, and groups that want to start revolutions. The Charlie Hebdo attacks happened a week into the new semester. Without prompting several students made Glenn Greenwald’s point in their capstone projects: Q: You’ve written a lot… More Charlie Hebdo redux

“We’re still the greatest thing to exist!”

Glenn Greenwald needs no introduction. Edward Snowden’s famous interlocutor has spent years documenting CIA abuses. A couple of days after the Senate torture report, he talks to a reporter from his former home Salon. The most salient bits: When I hear people argue against the anti-torture position, like Nicolle Wallace did Tuesday on “Morning Joe,”… More “We’re still the greatest thing to exist!”

The revolving door of government and lobbyists

Glenn Greenwald, co-star of Citizenfour, interviews James Risen about his new book with the self-explanatory title Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War. On record as claiming Barack Obama is the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a decade,” Risen is in a heap of trouble for refusing to testify against former spook Jeffrey… More The revolving door of government and lobbyists

“Spying, like censorship, affects all of us to the extent it shapes who holds power and what ideas hold sway”

“I have nothing to hide,” we’ve heard from those in both parties indifferent to the NSA revelations of Edward Snowden and published by The Guardian, Washington Post, among other newspapers. Julian Sanchez explains it slowly: Privileged folks like Ben and I may well be right to think the laws, rules, and institutional priorities governing the… More “Spying, like censorship, affects all of us to the extent it shapes who holds power and what ideas hold sway”

“That [Greenwald] can be truculent in defense of his position is simply part of the deal you make.”

Liberals grouse about Glenn Greenwald. Synonyms for “smug” and “self-righteous” appear in sentences often. Readers of this blog know the depth of my admiration for his documenting the foreign policy abuses committed by the Bush and Obama administrations (click on the tag). That he’s not a nice guy and his house smells like dog is… More “That [Greenwald] can be truculent in defense of his position is simply part of the deal you make.”