Media, politics and culture.
Pierre Omidyar, new-media publisher (with Glenn Greenwald and others) and First Amendment advocate, last night at The Huffington Post revisited his former company’s move to block donations to WikiLeaks three years ago. We speak, of course, of PayPal. That affair has prompted one of several criticisms leveled at Greenwald of late (see my piece here this week) and now Omidyar writes at length about the sensitive issue.
Omidyar explains how he joined an editorial about the WikiLeaks protest (at his Honolulu newspaper), but then hits the excessive Anonymous efforts to crash and otherwise hurt PayPal. This comes as the trial of the “PayPal 14” is about to begin. Omidyar seems to argue for leniency in any sentencing of those found guilty, especially since they are standing in, one might say, for the actions of thousands of others. “Their case as well as PayPal’s actions in 2010 raise important questions about press freedoms and the nature of online protests,” he explains.
Sirota charges that a “smear campaign” against Greenwald “is, in short, an effort by those reliant on an old power structure and outdated media business models to selfishly maintain that structure and those models—journalism, facts, and democracy be damned.” And he contrasts the treatment of Greenwald with that of Bart Gellman of The Washington Post, who has also made wide use of the Snowden docs but as an “insider” has drawn much less criticism.
Greg Mitchell surveys the dustups between Glenn Greenwald and his critics.
And now we have Pando’s response to Greenwald, via Mark Ames’s editor. There’s even a Nation angle.
John Nichols and Robert McChesney offer a plan to “free the media.”
And she notes, looking ahead:
Activists protesting outside of Walmart on Black Friday were arrested, reports Allison Kilkenny.
Greg Mitchell points to additional issues with the Benghazi report.
From the Times:
Inevitably, here’s the take from The Wall Street Journal, which titles it “Iran’s Nuclear Triumph”:
John Judis at The New Republic reminds us about our 1987 nuclear pact with th Soviets:
Bob Dreyfuss calls the US-Iran deal a “historic first step” in the peace process.
So what’s native advertising?
Beyond the Chamber…
As noted earlier, Andrew Sullivan has weighed in at his popular blog, The Dish.
@ErikWemple’s story on my Twitter feed a pretty good testament to how much of D.C. officialdom sups at Mike’s table.” David Carr, media writer at the Times: “Playbook reads different through the prism of @erikwemple’s eye-popping story. Brutally good content analytics.”
Michael Serazio explores the troubled waters of sponsored content in the digital age.
Greg Mitchell on WikiLeaks’s broadsides against Alex Gibney’s film.