One of the joys of being a tiny single-shingle blogger who plies his trade completely outside of the range of respectable company is that when I see someone like, say, Glenn Greenwald showing his ass in public, I get to point at it and say "Oh lookie! A man showing his ass in public!" and not worry about someone putting the squeeze on me.
The “Bernie Bros” Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social ActivismGlenn GreenwaldJan. 31 2016, 7:42 a.m.The concoction of the “Bernie Bro” narrative by pro-Clinton journalists has been a potent political tactic — and a journalistic disgrace. It’s intended to imply two equally false claims: (1) a refusal to march enthusiastically behind the Wall Street-enriched, multiple-war-advocating, despot-embracing Hillary Clinton is explainable not by ideology or political conviction, but largely if not exclusively by sexism: demonstrated by the fact that men, not women, support Sanders (his supporters are “bros”); and (2) Sanders supporters are uniquely abusive and misogynistic in their online behavior. Needless to say, a crucial tactical prong of this innuendo is that any attempt to refute it is itself proof of insensitivity to sexism if not sexism itself (as the accusatory reactions to this article will instantly illustrate)....
Even if I had the firepower to do so, I would never in any way wish to interfere with Mr. Greenwald's constitutionally-protected and really, really well-financed right to call Hillary Clinton a monster and her supporters dishonorable political guttersnipes. I do not agree with those characterizations in any way, but Mr. Greenwald's right to say such things is inalienable.
On the other hand, for the same guy who spent much of the Obama Administration going absolutely hammer-and-tongs after anyone who disagreed with him to the slightest degree -- who took giddy delight in relentlessly firehosing anyone who did not measure up to his standards of purity with an endless stream of drooling/jackbooted/boot-licking/O-bot/servant-of-fascism invective --
-- to use his brand-new media empire to bitch that someone else's use of a mean neologism is a...disgrace to journalism?If Leni Riefenstahl were an Obama fanatic and had a blog, this is exactly what it would look like: http://is.gd/icYrj #CreepyReverence— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 4, 2010
I tell you, I haven't laughed this hard in weeks.
And speaking of disgraces to journalism, if you decide to go into business as the Archbishop of Impugning Everyone Else's Integrity, best be damn sure that your cathedral isn't made of glass (from the NYT):
The Intercept Says Reporter Falsified QuotationsBy DANIEL E. SLOTNIKFEB. 2, 2016The news website The Intercept said on Tuesday that a former reporter had fabricated quotations in some of his articles and impersonated other people by using email accounts in their names.Betsy Reed, the news organization’s editor in chief, said that the first evidence appeared in late December and that the reporter, Juan Thompson, was fired on Jan. 4. In an online note to readers, she listed four articles that had been corrected and one that had been retracted......The Intercept was founded in 2014 with the financial backing of Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of eBay. Its best-known writer is the Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald, who most prominently covers national security issues...