Two of the blogosphere's most venerable memes collide.
What Digby Said ™:
... [The Big Time Press] don't consider Greenwald to be quite as loathsome as the "high school drop out" loser Edward Snowden. He is a lawyer after all. But many of them believe he's just as worthy of disdain in his own way. He's not a member of their club.What some will undoubtedly hear this:
Update I: To be clear, I'm not referring to Rick Perlstein in this post, who is anything but a Big Foot Villager. (I hadn't even read his piece when I wrote this.) I'm friends with both Glenn and Rick and I'm sorry to see them at odds. Rick's point is different than the journalists I'm talking about who are questioning Greenwald's credentials and looking for reasons to discredit his work.
Greenwald's most rabid supporters are very difficult to deal with --- I know, I've been in their crosshairs plenty of times myself. And Glenn is, right now, in the middle of a whirlwind, under tremendous pressure. I don't really blame him for being prickly. I'd give anyone who is doing such important work a lot of room in that situation. *
I do worry about Glenn and the Dan Rather effect that Perlstein references, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out --- Glenn is not an institutional figure like Rather was.
I hope these two can come to some terms about this. Perlstein's historical take on this stuff is invaluable and I know he admires Greenwald's work. I admire both of them.
If I remember correctly, Digby's comment section vanished in a puff of techtalk many, many months ago (temporary platform problems? Disqus glitches? I dunno) and whatever the original cause, has never been seen since and I would guess is now gone for good. Which is a real shame. On the other hand, I imagine not having to moderate a mudslide of this kind of thing every day comes as something of a relief.
*(One small quibble: Mr. Greenwald was prickly long before he entered this particular whirlwind.)