Glenn Greenwald has become NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s go-to journalist when it comes to releasing more of the top-secret NSA documents in his possession. Some journalists have become unhappy with this arrangement, seeing Greenwald as more of a mouthpiece for Snowden than an actual reporter – a point that Greenwald takes some issue with. In this video he is being forced to defend himself from MSNBC, which is ironic considering the amount of MSNBC’s work that is focused on protecting President Obama and supporting the Democrat agenda.
Kristen Welker: What do you say to your critics who say that you’ve become more of a spokesman for Edward Snowden?
Glenn Greenwald: “I think that’s ludicrous, is what I say to that. Every journalist has an agenda. We’re on MSNBC now, where close to 24 hours a day the agenda of President Obama and the Democratic Party are promoted, defended, glorified. The agenda of the Republican Party is undermined. That doesn’t mean the people on MSNBC aren’t journalists, they are. I think every journalist has a viewpoint.
My viewpoint is clear. I don’t hide it. I think what Edward Snowden did was very admirable and heroic, but at the same time the ultimate test of a journalist is, is what you publish accurate and reliable? And I think with regard to every story we published over the last six months, there hasn’t been a single correction made to any of them, very few called into question. And I think that’s the ultimate question when it comes to journalism.”
Kristen Welker: I think the point is not so much what happens at MSNBC, but sometimes when you talk about Edward Snowden you do defend him, and some people wonder if that crosses a line?
Glenn Greenwald: Sure, I do defend him, just like people on MSNBC defend President Obama and his officials and Democratic Party leaders 24 hours a day.
Kristen Welker: Not everyone on MSNBC does that 24 hours a day
Glenn Greenwald: No, not everybody. But a lot of people on MSNBC do.
Ouch. Maybe next time, MSNBC, you’ll consider the amount of hypocrisy in your questions before you ask them…otherwise you might get another helping of irony heaped on your network. Greenwald is right of course, but so is Welker. Greenwald and the folks at MSNBC may be professional journalists, but they are not news reporters. At best, they can be called opinion journalists.