Greenwald Responds to Klein

by Ben Cohen

Glenn Greenwald responds to Joe Klein’s accusation that he is a “thoroughly dishonorable person” for publishing secret emails Klein had been sending to other journalists:

When you write for 4 million people in a national political magazine

and constantly go on TVto opine, outbursts that you have about

politics at a beach party or in a club of a few hundred journalists

aren’t “private”and the entire world isn’t obligated to honor the

demand that it stay secret. If, tomorrow, someone provides me with

incriminating or otherwise revealing emails written by a government

official about a matter of public interest, I’m going to publish them

without first asking “permission” from the official who wrote it and

regardless of whether it will anger them. By definition, it’s not

“private”even if they want it to be. There’s no reason to treat

high-profile establishment journalists any differently. Other than

things Iexpressly agree to keep confidential, I’m much more interested

in revealing secrets to readers than I am in preserving

secrets.That’s the nature of journalism and accountability. We need

far more transparency when it comes to the conduct and statements of

influential people in Washington, not less.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.