Is Glenn Greenwald a serious journalist? I’m starting to think differently. The “liberal” teller of hard truths of the moment seems to do well on offense, but when asked a difficult, direct question his only response seems to be to impugn the integrity of the questioner.
Case in point:
Today on Meet The Press, Moderator David Gregory asked NSA/Edward Snowden specialist, Glenn Greenwald about his connection with Snowden and if it is completely lawful.
Gregory: “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 assumptions in your question, David, is completely without evidence, the idea 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 records of AP reporters, accusing a Fox News journalist of the theory you just embraced, being co-conspirator in felonies for working with sources.”
Gregory: “The question of who’s a journalist may be up for debate, in regards to what you’re doing. Anybody who’s watching this understands that 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 this:
I’m no fan of Gregory–and his question was asked in a rather ham-fisted way–but there’s a pattern here. Whenever Greenwald doesn’t like a question, he gets defensive and then, rather than answer it, he attacks the person who asked the question. Cheap shots don’t help. This is hardly the first time either. See this Daily Banter article: The Daily Banter’s Official Helpful Media Guide for Interacting With Glenn Greenwald for further evidence.
I’ll say it more clearly: This guy is NOT a journalist.