Two years ago today, one of Pete Souza’s very great photos: “The President had attended the fourth grade closing ceremony for his daughter Sasha at her school in Bethesda, Md. As he was departing, he noticed some pre-school children peering out of a window at a child care facility adjacent to Sasha’s school so he walked over to say hello to them.”
If the Greenwald Groupies were putting a caption on the pic, it would most probably read:
‘OMG™! Illegal surveillance!’.
President Obama talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, June 8
10:25 AM: President Obama departs Palm Springs, CA
5:55: Arrives The White House
Just posted an epic summary of how the NSA story is falling apart by the hour. thedailybanter.com/2013/06/nsa-st…
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) June 9, 2013
ZDNet: The real story in the NSA scandal is the collapse of journalism
Summary: A bombshell story published in the Washington Post this week alleged that the NSA had enlisted nine tech giants, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Apple, in a massive program of online spying. Now the story is unraveling, and the Post has quietly changed key details. What went wrong?
I sense a great disturbance in The Twitter. Its as if millions of media voices discovered they just got played, then suddenly fell silent.
— eclecticbrotha (@eclecticbrotha) June 8, 2013
I missed most of the news and developments yesterday, so flicked through the Twitter machine this morning to read what people were saying. And I see the Greenwald Groupies, urged on by their Dear Leader (and his personal fundraising campaign), now fear that Koch Boy will be taken out by evil Obama.
Their fears were heightened when The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons tweeted this (and, needless to say, it was breathlessly retweeted by Greenwald):
In Dulles UAL lounge listening to 4 US intel officials saying loudly leaker & reporter on #NSA stuff should be disappearedrecorded a bit
— Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) June 8, 2013
“OMG™!!!!!!!!” was the gist of the Groupies’ reponse.
But Clemons then admitted he couldn’t actually identify the four people, and only had poor quality pics and audio (yes, he secretly recorded them, possibly illegally so, depending on that state’s laws – oh, the irony) so, not unreasonably, @BoloBoffin asked: “If you can’t identify them, how do you know they are US intel officials?”
Or, at the very least, wait until he could confirm they were intel officials before tweeting what he did? You know, journalism.
Soon after, Clemons began watering down his original tweet:
@billbindc other possibilities are that they could be top intel guys at private firms (see INSA dinner list) who were former intel staff
— Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) June 9, 2013
In other words, he had no clue who these people were – but his original tweet did the trick, it was RTed almost 1,000 times, got him lots of attention and earned him the love of Koch Boy and his sheeple.
If they were intel officials, did Clemons not consider the possibility that they might also be dufuses loudly talking macho crap in an airport lounge because they’re pissed off by Koch Boy’s attempts to damage intelligence gathering efforts on terrorist suspects? Or does he think they were loudly discussing in an airport lounge an actual plan to, um, ‘disappear’ Koch Boy?
Yep, this is where the Groupies are at.
Which takes us to….
I have as much respect for Alan ‘torture rocks’ Dershowitz as I do for Rush Limbaugh, but even he got it right about Greenwald and frauds like him:
Mediaite: “We’re hearing lot of lies about what’s going on – a lot of lies. We heard lies from Greenwald … These are serious issues that ought to be debated, but they should not be overstated. There is a paranoid streak in American life. Radio talk show hosts tend to foment [it] … people like Greenwald tend to foment [it].”
Little Green Footballs made a similar point:
“On one hand we have Glenn Greenwald claiming that the United States is “building an enormous structure” with the specific goal of destroying all privacy and anonymity in the entire world …. and on the other hand we have Glenn Beck claiming that the United States is becoming a “totalitarian state” that “will be remembered as the most evil nation in the history of the world,” dwarfing the Third Reich. And I’m sure he feels this isn’t hyperbole either.
Apart from their political orientations, what’s the essential difference between these two extreme opinions? (Full post here)
There are plenty of serious people out there debating this issue, like Charles Pierce (who’s severely pissed off with PBO), but their motives cannot be doubted, they’re genuinely passionate about the issue, always have been, and have genuine concerns. You now, people who never once suggested that Bush/Cheney were “entitled” to have their national security judgment “deferred to”
Greenwald and Co? Is anyone in the MSM going to start questioning Koch Boy’s agenda, or, most importantly, the veracity of his reporting? Or question the depth of his personal hatred for this President – which he revealed even before he was elected? Or the timing of his request for personal donations from Guardian readers just as he began sharing his ‘error’-jammed reports on the issue, firing up Beck-like paranoia levels so that his sheeple would rush straight to PayPal (cough) in the belief that only Koch Boy can save them from Big Brother?
We won’t hold our breath.
What would be lovely, though, is if, when he does the rounds of TV shows, someone asked him about this – and it can never be posted enough:
A Groupie insisted the other day that Greenwald has ‘evolved’ since then, that he was only young when he wrote it.
He obviously missed the last line in the graphic.
Angry Black Lady made the point a while ago, can you imagine the response of Greenwald and the Groupies if an “Obama cultist” wrote:
“President Obama is entitled to have his national security judgment deferred to.”
I also see both Michael Moore (you know, the ideologically pure guy – see here and here) and Koch Boy are lovingly recommending their new best friend Maureen Dowd’s latest screed, entitled ‘Peeping Barry’. Yes, the headline refers to the President as ‘Peeping Barry’.
It’s particularly amusing to see Moore and Dowd as bedfellows, Greenwald less so – his political ‘leanings’ have always been the same as hers.
So, they couldn’t beat him in 2008, they couldn’t beat him in 2012, but on their efforts to delegitimize the President go.
Because that’s what it’s all about for these people.
I told UT yesterday I had to go out for a few hours and asked would she be able to post a Chat Away or two if things got busy. When did I get back? I didn’t.
So, UT was left to update all day and night, apart from Zizi’s wonderful contribution.
UT? We’d be lost without you – especially me. Thank you so, so, so, so much.
Yet again, I’m waaaaaay behind with emails and DMs – will catch up soon-ish.
LP has a lovely Week in Review lined up, will post later.