Good Democrats sitting on Twitter all day holding a treason trial for Edward Snowden and theorizing about his "co-conspirators" #Change
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 10, 2013
Experience, thick-skin required.
Remember way back when "the story" was about a leaker named Edward Snowden and the practices he participated in while working at the CIA, the NSA and various NSA contractors?
Well a good 48 hours have passed since that large and consequential story broke, which means it is just about time for Mr. Greenwald's runaway spleen to shove the actual story out of the way to tell us all what the real story is.
Wanna guess what the real story is?
From Business Insider:
Glenn Greenwald: 'Slavishly Partisan' Democrats In The Media Are Cheerleading Policies They Used To Hate
Still, it starts out reasonably enough, with specific briefs against two -- count 'em two -- specific people:
...Greenwald told Business Insider late Tuesday night that he thinks some left-leaning members of the media — such as Time magazine's Joe Klein and The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin — have shifted stances on surveillance and civil liberties for "principle-free, hackish, and opportunistic" reasons.
Mr. Toobin...I have no idea about. I have seen his face pop up here and there, but he never made much of an impression on me.
As for Joe Klein -- or Jokeline as we on the Left have been calling him since before I was a blogger -- well, he is certainly a member of the Beltway Media. One who has been mercilessly and repeatedly mocked by the Left (here is one of my small contributions to the genre) and who has been a reliable voice of Fake Centrism in the mold of David Brooks for years. But as for being one of ours of for being a proxy for the opinions of anyone outside of Joe Klein, uh, no.
Still, no argument from me. Also at this point I am still feeling like too much of a gentleman to suggest that just because Mr. Greenwald's own opinion on this subject also changed radically from what it was under the Bush Administration --
"Warrentless wiretapping? Without the FISA court? Are you shitting me? Look, you Bushite fascist, go peddle that "But the President is superman who doesn't need your stinkin' FISA court supervision" Koolaid somewhere else.
-- to what it is now under the Obama Administration --
"FISA court? Those assholes? Are you shitting me? Look, you Obot hypocrite, go peddle that "But this was all done under FISA court supervision" Koolaid somewhere else.
-- does not mean that I have any cause to suspect that his motives are in any way "principle-free, hackish, and opportunistic".
All I ask, Glenn, is that you not ruin this special moment we're sharing by feeling like you need to add anything more that, say, goes both super-overboard and is super-assholish, OK?
You do have more to add?
Really? Because you have already made a valid point, so maybe it would be best for everyone if you just took the win and moved on
Mr. Greenwald proceeds:
"I'm not surprised," Greenwald said in an email. "I've been amazed and disappointed for a long time at how the most slavishly partisan media Democrats who pretended to care so much about these issues when doing so helped undermine George Bush are now the loudest apologists and cheerleaders for these very same policies."
Ok, see that there? Right where you went from a clear, court-ready bill-of-particulars against two specific people to a speen-venting swipe at some larger, unspecified enemy's list called "the most slavishly partisan media Democrats"? That's the point where an editor would probably tell you that you are letting your uncontrollable rage against everyone who disagrees with you get in the way of the actual story.
But it's not too late to stop. I mean, it's not as if you have inflated a reasonable critique of two individual into some kind of bitchy, over-the-top screed against virtually everyone on the Left who can work a keyboard.
Because to do that would be nuts.
And not just nuts nuts, but from a professional standpoint, going out of your way to step on your own story for no reason other than to interjecting yet another heaping helping of your bilious, alienating contempt for the entire Universe of people on the Left who may not agree with you 100% would an amazing act of egotism for a journalist working on the biggest story in the country to indulge in.
And, of course, Mr. Greenwald goes exactly there:
"If they started a club called Liberal Pundits to Defend the National Security State, no auditorium in the country would be large enough to accommodate them.
"To call them principle-free, hackish, and opportunistic is to be overly generous."
And, of course, this little outburst is just about the only part of the story that outfits like The Breitbart Collective are remotely interested in covering:
GREENWALD: MEDIA FILLED WITH 'SLAVISHLY PARTISAN…DEMOCRATS'
Because for Mr. Greenwald, the real story is always, always the story of the Out-Heroding Herod! hypocritical douchbaggery of Liberals who might not agree with Mr. Greenwald on 100% of the details of 100% of his issues 100% of the time.