War On The Free Press: Another Establishment Hack Calls For Greenwald’s Arrest
Journalist who broke Snowden story calls mainstream attackers “royal courtiers”, “servants to political power”
A second establishment media mouthpiece has called for the US government to arrest Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the revelations concerning Edward Snowden’s leaks revealing the NSA’s domestic surveillance program.
New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin, who usually works as a business reporter, has stated unequivocally that he’d “arrest Snowden and now I’d almost arrest Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who seems to be out there, he wants to help him get to Ecuador or whatever.”
Sorkin made the comments despite the fact that there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Greenwald is aiding Snowden in any way. The London Guardian reporter merely facilitated Snowden’s going public by interviewing the former NSA employee.
Sorkin, a supposed journalist himself, is ludicrously suggesting that another reporter should be arrested for empathizing with a source.
When he was criticized on Twitter regarding the comments, Sorkin attempted to back track, claiming that he was just “raising other questions.”
Sorkin’s comments are even more ironic given that he has routinely been accused of buddying up with Wall Street executives to make sure their side of the story on the economic crisis is given the time of day.
Greenwald later slammed Sorkin in a tweeted response:
Andrew Ross Sorkin ✔ @andrewrsorkin
@ggreenwald just to be 100% clear: i am not saying you or any journalists should be arrested. i'm FOR transparency. i was raising other q's
Glenn Greenwald ✔ @ggreenwald
@andrewrsorkin Did you conspire with all of your extremely close WSJ-executive sources to commit fraud? Did you know about it? #JustAsking
7:25 AM - 24 Jun 2013
This latest call for Greenwald to be arrested comes in the wake of NBC’s Meet the Press anchor David Gregory’s comments that Greenwald had “aided and abetted” Edward Snowden, asking him why he should not be charged with a crime.
In a scathing rebuke, Greenwald has stated that he believes mainstream establishment reporters are after him because they are bitter about not being able to be real journalists:
“Some of what is driving this hostility from some media figures is personal bitterness. Some of it is resentment over my having been able to break these big stories not despite, but because of, my deliberate breaching of the conventions that rule their world.
But most of it is what I have long criticized them for most: they are far more servants to political power than adversarial watchdogs over it, and what provokes their rage most is not corruption on the part of those in power (they don’t care about that) but rather those who expose that corruption, especially when the ones bringing transparency are outside of, even hostile to, their incestuous media circles.
They’re just courtiers doing what courtiers have always done: defending the royal court and attacking anyone who challenges or dissents from it. That’s how they maintain their status and access within it. That’s what courtiers to power, by definition, do.”