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.”

“The jingoistic view of what is ‘newsworthy’ is baseless and warped. “

With Antonin Scalia looking forward to hearing NSA cases, Glenn Greenwald reminds us that Barton Gellman and Charles Savage aren’t getting the attention of Edward Snowden in part because they’re respected members of the press and respected members of the press publish leaked information all the time: Snowden has made repeatedly clear that he did… More “The jingoistic view of what is ‘newsworthy’ is baseless and warped. “

Tom Ricks “no longer going soft on Greenwald and Snowden”

What a big man you are. Tom Ricks has a growing suspicion that Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden are up to something. On Saturday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter posed a question to Greenwald on Twitter. “Glenn, any comments from you or Edward Snowden on the recent round of media shutdowns in Russia?” Ricks… More Tom Ricks “no longer going soft on Greenwald and Snowden”

Greenwald: “If you look at the history of people who seek out political power, of the kind that they’ve acquired, it becomes its own intoxicating force”

Thanks to $250 million in startup funds from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, Glenn Greenald and Jeremy Scahill hope to launch NewCo, devoted to anti-establishment journalism. In this interview Greenwald discusses the venture, the nature of First Amendment freedom in the age of a swollen National Security Administration, and what Spencer Ackerman calls the intelligence cycle… More Greenwald: “If you look at the history of people who seek out political power, of the kind that they’ve acquired, it becomes its own intoxicating force”

Received wisdom is dead, long live received wisdom: David Broder – RIP

The name means nothing outside the political Beltway. Nor should it. Revered by the press corps, Broder was the scribe for the half-literate. He repeated preconceptions about candidates and movements from congressional aides and White House staff. He pulled scuttlebutt from the ether of cocktail party chatter. He in essence founded political journalism’s obsession with… More Received wisdom is dead, long live received wisdom: David Broder – RIP

On WikiLeaks

I told students the other day that I found the latest batch of WikiLeaks cables and memos “banal,” or, at best, the kind of color I would want to read in a history or biography in five years (the biggest surprise actually is how well — how vigorously — our diplomats write). I’m going to… More On WikiLeaks