Our new plutocrat overlord.
Because unaccountable Libertarian billionaires have always been our greatest bulwarks against secrecy and tyranny...
...provided you don't ask any uppity god damn questions about what goes on behind their closed doors.
...Even Greenwald supporters like Pando’s David Sirota have admitted that, at best, we don’t know what Omidyar’s approach to reporting on business will be. In our debate on the subject earlier this week, he advocated a “wait and see” approach.It’s certainly true that, to know how Omidyar would react if a Snowden-esque source arrived with a cache of leaked corporate documents, we’d need a concrete example of that happening.Omidyar’s position on journalists publishing corporate leaks?So there you go. A definitive answer, direct from Glenn Greenwald’s new boss. “TechCrunch and anybody else who pubs stolen info should help catch the thief. Shldnt pub in the 1st place.”Rest easy, corporate America, your secrets will be perfectly safe with Pierre Omidyar. And if anyone is considering approaching Greenwald or his new boss with leaked corporate documents, don’t be surprised if their first call is to the FBI....
Once upon a time, the notion of an unelected billionaire who believed that corporate leakers should be treated like thieves (And held incommunicado? Tossed into fictional supermax hellholes forever? Who knows?) buying access to the stolen blueprints to America's intelligence apparatus to do with whatever he pleases -- and nunya fucking business just what that is -- would have been exactly the kind of witchbag of plutocracy and opaque, unaccountable power against which Mr. Greenwald would turned his considerable fire-hose of invective.
Funny old world.
The full exchange here...
And right on schedule, Mr. Greenwald lashes out at anyone who asks any inconvenient questions with a variant of "I am rubber. You are glue..."@loic I said ystrdy: @techcrunch and anybody else who pubs stolen info should help catch the thief. Shldnt pub in the 1st place.
— Pierre Omidyar (@pierre) July 16, 2009
The careful reader will note the added hilarity inherent in fact that the inconvenient questions being asked of Mr. Greenwald are exactly the sorts of questions to which Mr. Greenwald himself would loudly be demanding answers if the focus those question were anyone other than Mr. Greenwald.Those who insist journalistic independence can't exist & everyone is controlled by funders are revealing much about themselves only
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 8, 2013
Funny old world indeed.