@BruceBarmer @TheLastWord The only thing that matters on some MSNBC shows is who helps Obama - homophobia is good if for The Cause
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 30, 2014
Now I'm really confused.
Because if the New Greenwald Standard is that being a name-calling asshole on Twitter even once is disqualifying, shouldn't ol' Nun Rape McGee --
-- have been shut down about a million "drooling, jackbooted, servile, cultish, O-bot" tweets ago?
But then again, Glenn is never held to the same standards to which he holds others is he?
Because Glenn is not the story.
Yeah, it turns out, this "not being the story" dodge is pretty sweet. Like Karl Rove's "How dare you criticize the Preznit you fucking terrorist-lover" scam during the Bush Administration, it effectively gives one side a license to slash and burn and sometimes lie to serve their narrative, but God forbid you ever fire back because Why Do You Hate Freedom!
Meanwhile, at our house, thanks in large part to Mr. Greenwald's reporting, our 15-year-old is now well-versed enough in the facts of this story to debate and raise really substantive questions about surveillance, privacy, government overreach and lawlessness and national security. So "the public" (insofar as my household is representative of anything) is seriously discussing this issue, which makes me very happy and for which Mr. Snowden, Mr. Greenwald, et al should be congratulated.
On the other hand, somewhere along the line our 15-year-old has picked up the belief that the fate of every single leaker, whistleblower (and possibly every reporter) who crosses the United States government is automatic life imprisonment ("or worse!") so maybe it is not such a crazy idea to treat the lies with which this story has been embroidered with the same rigor as "the story" itself.