Greenwald Slams Media for Backing Obama’s Domestic Surveillance When They Opposed Bush’s
June 16, 2013 Noel Sheppard
GLENN GREENWALD: Well, remember, Howard, I first started writing about politics in late 2005. I focused almost exclusively for the first year on the NSA scandal back then, which was revealed by “The New York Times” a year late, but better late than never, that the Bush administration was eavesdropping on Americans without the warrants required by law.
And the way that I developed a platform was because almost every progressive liberal, Democratic blogger, media outlet, person with a platform would promote the work I was doing. I was using my expertise as a constitutional lawyer and my interest in these issues. And they were all cheering for the condemnations that I was issuing.
There were all kinds of controversies back then the same as now. Alberto Gonzalez threatened to prosecute “The New York Times” for publishing that story. There were calls for the source that turned out to be Thomas Ham (ph), a midlevel Justice Department lawyer, to be prosecuted.
Uniformly, I bet you cannot go back and find a single liberal, progressive or Democratic pundit back then taking Alberto Gonzalez’ side or condemning the source who blew the whistle on that program.
KURTZ: And now you think they have flipped?
GREENWALD: They have completely switched gears.
GREENWALD: Yes, you can even look at polling data. Overwhelmingly, Democrats opposed NSA surveillance programs back in 2006 and overwhelmingly they now favor them because it’s a Democrat in power who’s doing it rather than a Republican.
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