David Gregory vs. Journalism

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Edward Snowden has been called a “traitor” by politicians, and he’s been formally charged with violating the Espionage Act. But that’s not enough for David Gregory of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Witness this incredible exchange from yesterday’s show, as Gregory in effect accuses Glenn Greenwald of espionage:

GREGORY: Final question for you…. To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?

GREENWALD: I think it’s pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies. The assumption in your question, David, is completely without evidence, the idea that I’ve aided and abetted him in any way. The scandal that arose in Washington before our stories began was about the fact that the Obama administration is trying to criminalize investigative journalism by going through the e-mails and phone records of AP reporters, accusing a Fox News journalist of the theory that you just embraced, being a co-conspirator in felonies, for working with sources.

If you want to embrace that theory, it means that every investigative journalist in the United States who works with their sources, who receives classified information, is a criminal. And it’s precisely those theories and precisely that climate that has become so menacing in the United States. It’s why The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer said, “Investigative reporting has come to a standstill,” her word, as a result of the theories that you just referenced.

GREGORY: Well, the question of who’s a journalist may be up to a debate with regards to what you’re doing. And of course anybody who’s watching this understands I was asking a question; that question has been raised by lawmakers, as well. I’m not embracing anything. But obviously, I take your point.

Later, Greenwald tweeted, “Who needs the government to try to criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it?” and, “Has David Gregory ever publicly wondered if powerful DC officials should be prosecuted for things like illegal spying & lying to Congress?”

Jane Stillwater:

An American spy agency that currently has all of its greedy tentacles tightly wrapped all around every single household in the entire world — and not in a good way — has just accused EDWARD SNOWDEN of being a spy. How ironic is that!

UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald HuffPo interview:

“My critique of the D.C. media has long been that instead of being adversaries to government power — to the government and political power — they’re servants to it and mouthpieces for it.”

Greenwald said that Gregory was doing the work of the Justice Department by putting “together a theory in public about why I, as a journalist, should be prosecuted,” along with or “call[ing] into question that I’m a journalist at all.” That interview, he said, exemplified the “critique that they’re so in bed with the circles of political power over which they’re supposed to acting as watchdogs — that they really have become nothing more than just appendages.”

UPDATE: 10 Questions for NBC Host Who Shamelessly Suggested Greenwald Be Arrested for NSA Leaks

UPDATE: (Almost too funny for words) Head Of NSA Claims He Doesn’t Know “Who Wikileaks Are” – If I know something the NSA doesn’t, maybe we need better spies?

UPDATE:
Snowden Coverage: If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?

The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets — especially TV news — that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media outlets in their near-total identification with the government as it pursues the now 30-year-old whistleblower.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on June 26, 2013 - 4:28 pm

    UPDATE: Snowden Coverage: If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?

    The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets — especially TV news — that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media outlets in their near-total identification with the government as it pursues the now 30-year-old whistleblower.

  2. #2 by cav on June 28, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Two law professors in the NYT: NSA’s blanket surveillance is criminal.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/opinion/the-criminal-nsa.html

  3. #3 by brewski on June 28, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    Cav,
    You mean criminal as in “High crimes and misdemeanors”?

    You must be a racist to say that about the African Prince.

  4. #4 by cav on June 28, 2013 - 11:37 pm

    I mean that even though much of this was ex-post-factoed in during the regime of the chimp and Darth Cheney, the overwhelmingly stupid approach the dorks on the right inevitably take on practically every issue, pushes me unrelentingly toward a regime which is only ‘better’ in relation to the swine that are the opposition. I resent this a great deal.

    Impeachment is dead, off the table, nahgonnahapn, unfit for the swine = unfit for the porcine.

    Call me cynical.

  5. #5 by brewski on June 30, 2013 - 9:52 am

    Obama is president now. Cheney is not. If there are charges to be filed now it is against the man in charge.

  6. #6 by cav on June 30, 2013 - 11:35 am

    Perhaps I’ve been sniffing just a little too much Obamanoid, but I’ve had the impression from the beginning that the ship of state might not turn on a dime, even if (/ despite the fact that Obama is not) a full on, raging socialmacist, were at the helm. We do have to give him at least a smidgen of applause for at least occasionally mentioning the words we resonate with – small thought that clapping probably is, in the din of the shreeking right wing driven media.

    Nor has it been of help for everyone to get the idea those criminals, be they bankers or vice presidents are essentially immune from prosecution. If the ‘people’ are to fill the prosecutor’s role, and they didn’t jail Darth, there’s not much reason to think the ‘people’ will get too uppity with the new guy, even if he is half black – though I wouldn’t deny the possibility a clique of tea folks leaning on it mighn’t push it onto the table somehow. However, if Issa, Gomert, or any number of the republican right (wrons)s dim-bulb hypocrites try to shanghai the effort, it will surely FAIL. And, I’m not sure there’s enough sincerity in the whole fold to convincingly pull it off.

    So, in the same way Cheney is free to roam the streets, un-hinered by shackles, I don’t think any of the elite will suffer the treatment they deserve.

    The men in charge, will be fine, at their poolsides and on the banquet and speechifying circuit. The pain resulting form any felt need for punishment will again be upon the little guy. Again, even supported by the little guy as he climbs upon the austerity and war conveyance devices so well marketed by the PTB in their ultimate wisdom.

    For the time being.

  7. #7 by brewski on June 30, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    I would not expect the ship of state to stop on a dime. But it has accelerated with Obama’s approval into realms where Cheney could have only dreamed. And why are bankers immune from prosecution? Holder is the AG. Obama is the President. What’s stopping them?

  8. #8 by cav on June 30, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    We didn’t realize the ‘$84,000,000 question’ really was more about the pay-out to an individual, than in actually putting together any solutions to the problems that beset our society. In fact, sometimes it seems as though all the effort is in trying to ‘leverage’ the $84 mill into making things even worse.

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