By now, everyone probably has heard of the comments by Glenn Greenwald appearing with Kristen Welker on MSNBC. The most reported parts of his comments deal with his charge that MSNBC is essentially a mouthpiece for the Obama administration - proving, of course, that he doesn't watch MSNBC, a channel whose agenda, if there is one, is far better aligned with his own - that is to say to undermine the president from the faux Left.
But here is the part of the his comment that are failing to be highlighted in the coverage: when lashing out MSNBC's "viewpoint" and "agenda," Greenwald did not merely beat up on the channel's perceived partiality to President Obama. In defending his admiration for Snowden's cowardly acts, Greenwald grieved MSNBC's perceived lack of promotion for the Republican agenda:
“I think that’s ludicrous is what I say to that,” Greenwald shot back. “Every journalist has an agenda. We’re on MSNBC now, where close to 24 hours a day the agenda of President Obama and the Democratic Party are promoted, defended, glorified, the agenda of the Republican Party is undermined. That doesn’t mean the people who appear on MSNBC aren’t journalists, they are."That really is where Glenn Greenwal'd heart lies. This shouldn't be surprising in the least bit, given that his heroes have consistently turned out to be right wing gasbags. One of the key reasons Snowden sought out Glenn Greenwald was because of their mutual admiration for the racist former Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Julian Assange, another partner in crime for Greenwald in his quest for self-aggrandization, lamented a mere four months ago that the libertarian wing of the Republican party - you know, the wing that believes that the Civil Rights Act went too far - is the only hope for America.
And of course, Ed Snowden has himself been revealed as a libertarian right winger with a conscience of convenience who used to believe that national security leakers should be castrated. But that was back during when we had a white Republican president, not a black Democratic one. Figures.
Greenwald's defenders - and there are no shortage of them on the white-privileged Left - will say that Greenwald was merely making the point that having an agenda of one's own doesn't disqualify someone from being a journalist. Although that is his first mistake - letting your political agenda color your coverage of the truth is where journalism begins to diverge from propaganda - it is far from his last. Greenwald's embrace of Snowden is far more akin to Sarah Palin's defense of the Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson than to MSNBC's often unfair and hair-on-fire coverage of the Obama administration.
But to understand Greenwald's complete state of mind, one must look at the entire sentence: that a media station exists dedicated to glorify Barack Obama and undermine the conservative one. Where else do you hear this? On Fox News and on every right wing talk show to ever pollute our airwaves. Glenn Greenwald is playing to the same audience with the same language. This is no innocent all-journalists-have-agendas plea. This is an overt attempt to establish the myth of a pro-Obama media and to demand that the Republican agenda be given an even bigger platform - that is, the Republican agenda of ending the social safety net, repealing the Voting Rights Act and probably the Civil Rights Act, and completely dismantling the social safety net.
But no one who has followed the cultish, self-important and anti-government career of Glenn Greenwald should be surprised at his lashing out at the idea that the anti-government party isn't given an even bigger platform than it already has. Indeed, someone of Greenwald's ideology has reason to lament that anyone daring to even mildly confront the anarchist forces he represents.
Glenn Greenwald is not a journalist. He is not a liberal. What he is is a racist charlatan trolling the Left. Time to wise up.
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