After much deliberation the team here at The Daily Banter, well at least the socially maladjusted members (Ben and Chez) are proud to announce the winners of the 'Glenn Greenwald Porn Title Competition'!
Pope Francis was chosen as TIME magazine's Person of the Year, with fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden ranking as Runner Up. Predictably, Greenwald pitched a sour-grapes tantrum about it, telling TPM's Tom Kludt: "It's a meaningless award from a meaningless magazine, designed to achieve the impossible: to make TIME relevant and interesting for a few fleeting moments."
Glenn Greenwald and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar are starting a $250 million new media company promising to do 'adversarial journalism'. Will Greenwald apply the same scrutiny to his billionaire investor as he has the US government, and are the NSA leaks now being privatized for profit?
With predictable form, Greenwald not only attributed the actions of the State Department to a nefarious "Wag the Dog" false flag scenario as a convenient real-world means of tamping down the anti-NSA, anti-surveillance debate that's gurgled to the surface this Summer, but he also exploited the embassy closures and travel alert as a means of scolding Democrats who, during the Bush years, criticized the suspicious timing of Homeland Security orange alerts and the like, but who currently endorse the embassy closings.
Glenn Greenwald announced today that his employer, Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media, granted $350,000 to the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Wait until you find out who sits on the organization's board.
Early Sunday morning, Glenn Greenwald learned that his Brazilian partner, David Miranda, was detained and interrogated for nine hours by security officials at London's Heathrow airport. The officials also seized Miranda's electronic devices: his phone, laptop and so forth. On the surface, and at first glance, this was a horribly tone-deaf and heavy-handed move by British officials, especially knowing that Miranda was apparently detained under the U.K.'s Terrorism Act of 2000, Schedule 7.
Greenwald's most vocal supporters think he's somehow above criticism and fact-checking, and any critics who do so are merely obsessed and vindictive. But since his reporting about a topic that's both extraordinarily complicated as well as really important, shouldn't someone -- anyone -- keep an objective eye on what Greenwald is reporting?