Journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin Suggests US Should Arrest Glenn Greenwald For Doing Journalism
from the sickening dept
Some have argued that Meet the Press’ David Gregory was just playing “devil’s advocate” in asking reporter Glenn Greenwald if he should be arrested for “aiding and abetting” Ed Snowden for doing journalism. I’m not sure I agree with that, but now the NY Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin, normally a business reporter, has gone even further in saying flat out that given Snowden left Hong Kong, he’d “arrest Snowden and now I’d almost arrest Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who seems to be out there, he wants to help him get to Ecuador or whatever.”
After a bunch of people called Sorkin out for this he tried to argue that he was not calling for Greenwald to be arrested despite his clear statements in which he appeared to call for exactly that. Sorkin then claimed that he was just “raising other questions.” In response, Greenwald shot back: “Did you conspire with all of your extremely close WSJ-executive sources to commit fraud? Did you know about it? #JustAsking.” And, really, that’s the perfect retort. Anyone confusing a reporter reporting on some information with “conspiring” with the source is making a fool of himself.
Later, Greenwald opined on why he thinks various “establishment” journalists seem to be suggesting that he should be arrested for doing the journalism they failed to do:
Some of what is driving this hostility from some media figures is personal bitterness. Some of it is resentment over my having been able to break these big stories not despite, but because of, my deliberate breaching of the conventions that rule their world.
But most of it is what I have long criticized them for most: they are far more servants to political power than adversarial watchdogs over it, and what provokes their rage most is not corruption on the part of those in power (they don’t care about that) but rather those who expose that corruption, especially when the ones bringing transparency are outside of, even hostile to, their incestuous media circles.
They’re just courtiers doing what courtiers have always done: defending the royal court and attacking anyone who challenges or dissents from it. That’s how they maintain their status and access within it. That’s what courtiers to power, by definition, do.
It’s a harsh assessment — perhaps too harsh — but it does offer a pretty good explanation for the way reporters are taking seriously (and, in some cases, appearing to advocate) for this ridiculous notion that by reporting on Snowden’s leaks, Greenwald is somehow a co-conspirator.
Update: This morning Sorkin issued an apology to Greenwald, saying that he believes in freedom of the press and thinks this is an important story, and he didn’t mean to imply that Greenwald should be arrested. Rather, he claims, it was a poorly executed attempt to raise some basic questions about the role of the media in all of this.