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….