Glenn Greenwald was on MSNBC yesterday and . . . From the transcript:
KRISTEN WELKER, SUBSTITUTE HOST: Well Glenn, some people have looked at journalists who Snowden has chosen to give information, to speak with. Itâ€™s a select group of journalists. What do you say to your critics who say that you’ve become more of a spokesman for Edward Snowden?
GLENN GREENWALD: I think that’s ludicrous is what I say to that. 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 that the people who appear on MSNBC aren’t journalists. They are. I think every journalist has a viewpoint. My viewpoint is very clear, I donâ€™t hide it. Itâ€™s that I think what Edward Snowden did is very admirable and heroic. But at the same time the ultimate test of a journalist is is what you publish accurate and reliable. And I think with regard to every story that we published over the last six months, there hasn’t been a single correction made to any of them. Very few have been called into question. And I think that’s the ultimate question when it comes to is this journalism.
WELKER: Well, I think the point is not so much about MSNBC and what happens here, but more that sometimes when you talk about Edward Snowden you do defend him, and some people wonder if that crosses a line.
GREENWALD: Sure. I do defend him just like people on MSNBC defend President Obama and his officials and Democratic Party leaders 24 hours a day.
WELKER: Not everyone on MSNBC does that 24 hours a day.
GREENWALD: I donâ€™t make any bones about - no, not everybody, but, but a lot, a lot of people on MSNBC do.
Just as an aside: When I first heard about what Snowden did, I was disturbed about it. I even — slightly — considered that he was a traitor. As more revelations have surfaced about what the NSA has been doing, I’ve come around to thinking that Snowden did the American public a favor. That is — and this might anger some of you — I view him now as a whistle-blower. Whether the NSA needs to monitor every single phone call, email, website visit or not in order to “protect us” is subject to debate. That the American people have a right to know that this is occurring is not. Yeah, it tips-off the enemy, too. But, in the final count, either we enjoy freedom, liberty, and yes — some modicum of privacy — or the enemy has already won.
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