When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do? -- John Maynard Keynes

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Demonizing Edward Snowden--when did the US media establishment become such cowards?

John Cassidy in the New Yorker "nails it"--

"It is easy to understand, though not to approve of, why Administration officials, who have been embarrassed by Snowden’s revelations, would seek to question his motives and exaggerate the damage he has done to national security . . . More unnerving is the way in which various members of the media have failed to challenge the official line." (source infra)

Demonizing Edward Snowden: Which Side Are You On? : The New Yorker: " . . . . journalists are meant to stick up for the underdog and irritate the powerful. On its side, the Obama Administration has the courts, the intelligence services, Congress, the diplomatic service, much of the media, and most of the American public. Snowden’s got Greenwald, a woman from Wikileaks, and a dodgy travel document from Ecuador. . . ." (read more at link above)

On the other hand, has the press been cowered into becoming nothing but an organ "mouthpiece" for the ruling party in the White House? In any event, if you live in the US and your sole source of news is "mainstream media," you are sorely misinformed. What is a real journalist? Sadly there are very few left in the US. Charlie Rose interviewed two real journalists recently. You can watch it here.


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