President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
I see that John Nichols has beaten me to the punch here with a column on the infamous (and disgraceful) David Gregory vs. Glenn Greenwald battle yesterday. Much other commentary out there, such as this important Jay Rosen piece this morning and the usual swell Charles P. Pierce smackdown. David Carr of The New York Times weighs in here on “impugning the messenger.” And I covered it all yesterday as it happened over at my Pressing Issues blog, and I’m liveblogging all things Snowden again today.
So this allows me to take up a development perhaps even more significant, which (unlike the Snowden leak) is already being pretty much ignored.
McClatchy reporters routinely write some of the most important journalism coming out of Washington, DC, and abroad but because they do not work for The New York Times or The Washington Post their work generally gets too little attention. This proved tragic when they were almost alone in repeatedly raising alarms about the bogus intel and claims on Iraq’s WMD back in 2002–03.
Yesrterday, they did it again, with a major piece—with wide implications for investigative journalism—but poorly timed, breaking just as Snowden left Hong Kong for Moscow and beyond. It’s by Marisa Taylor and Jonathan Landay, who have done so much stellar work in the past. Read it all. In fact, Greenwald cited it in his argument with Gregory, to show that the Snowden revelations are just part of a larger, even more troubling picture.
I’ll post the opening below:
Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions.