Calls out ‘Pro government’ reporters; ‘actors who play the role of journalists on TV’
Pulitzer prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, famed for his association with Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, has verbally attacked the mainstream media as “old style pro-government” lapdogs.
Appearing on the left-leaning radio and TV program “Democracy Now”, Greenwald took aim in particular at The Washington Post, with whom he has struggled to work on the NSA revelations for some time.
“The editors at The Washington Post are very much old-style, old-media, pro-government journalists,” Greenwald said, bashing the establishment media, adding that it’s reporters are “the kind who have essentially made journalism in the U.S. neutered and impotent and obsolete.”
Greenwald also revealed that he believes some of the establishment journalists on the Pulitzer committee attempted to have his name removed from the short list. “We’ve gotten reports that there was some effort on the committee to make sure that, you know, my name and Laura [Poitras]‘s name didn’t sully their wonderful brand, you know.”
“I don’t think there’s any secret about the fact that the journalism I advocate for and engage in is controversial among a large catch of what I would call ‘establishment journalists,’” Greenwald added. “I’ve been a very vociferous critic of how the establishment media in the United States conducts itself and that’s created a lot of animosity, even before the Edward Snowden story.”
While Greenwald now works exclusively freelance, he did reserve praise for The Guardian, noting that ”they have a history in the past of deviating from this sort of very conservative, pro-government line and doing reporting that’s in the public interest.”
Greenwald followed up these comments with more media bashing at an appearance in Washington, noting that mainstream reporters “amplify mindlessly claims of the government” without attempting to discern the truth.
Speaking of Snowden, Greenwald said that the media had thoughtlessly repeated “wildly false” claims about the whistleblower, such as the notion that he was a Chinese or Russian agent. “We ought to have at least an iota of skepticism when these claims are made.” Greenwald added.
“Within 24 hours, all of those journalists who had never met Edward Snowden were able to analyze him,” he said with sarcasm. “And actors who play the role of journalists on TV were pleading with me to be the first to interview him.”
Earlier this week in yet another scoop, Greenwald revealed fresh information gleaned from Snowden, highlighting that the NSA is engaged in physically intercepting computer hardware destined for other countries in order to outfit it with surveillance bugs and equipment.