"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?" David Gregory asked in Meet the Press yesterday.
Greenwald, who didn’t seem to bat an eye when responding to the puppet/reporter David Gregory, responded: “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,” Greenwald said. “The assumption 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 emails and records of AP reporters, accusing a Fox News journalist of the theory you just embraced — being a co-conspirator in felonies for working with sources. If you want to embrace that theory, it means every investigative journalist in the United States who works with their sources [and] 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 Jean Mayer said investigative reporting has come to a ‘standstill,’ her word, as a result of the theories you just referenced.”
You can see just that segment of the interview here or you can watch the whole interview here (first 15 minutes are with Glenn Greenwald).
Greenwald tweeted about the exchange soon after: “Who needs the government to try and criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it?”
Gregory responded: “This is the problem from somebody who claims that he’s a journalist who would object to a journalist raising questions, which is not actually embracing any particular point of view,” he said. He added that Greenwald’s actions were “part of the debate.”
What debate was that again? The debate about journalists and whether they are criminals? You mean, a debate about the criminality of journalism is the dominant conversation that surfaces after historically important government leaks regarding privacy and civil rights are released to the public?
MSNBC is terrible neo-liberal propaganda. These are chilling times…