David Gregory Suggests Glenn Greenwald May Be A Criminal For Doing Journalism

from the shameful dept

It really was just a few months ago that we were pointing out how ridiculous it was that some were calling for the arrest of Meet the Press' David Gregory for doing journalism. DC's attorney general chose not to go after Gregory, and you might think this would make David Gregory a bit more sensitive to the idea that doing journalism around reporting on the law and legal issues is different than doing a crime. But, on this week's Meet the Press, Gregory had on Glenn Greenwald, and towards the end of their initial Q&A (around the 9:30 mark), Gregory pretty directly suggests that Greenwald should be charged as well for "aiding and abetting" Ed Snowden.
The specific question (though, watching the video gives you much more of a sense of the tone and style in which it was asked) was:
"To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?"
After Greenwald hits back hard and points out the ridiculousness of a reporter "embracing" a theory that would outlaw nearly all investigative reporting on the government, Gregory insists he wasn't "endorsing" the idea, but merely raising the questions that others had. However, watching his initial question, it sure looks like he's directly suggesting that Greenwald committed a crime in reporting on such a huge story, making a huge leap in claiming that reporting on some leaked information is akin to "aiding and abetting."

Later in the show, Gregory's NBC colleague Chuck Todd made even stupider comments, suggesting -- based on nothing -- that Greenwald was more "involved" with Snowden than just as a reporter because Greenwald used to be a lawyer.

Of course, as Trevor Timm points out, during the interview, David Gregory himself repeated information that government officials leaked to him concerning a secret FISA court ruling (information that appears to be incorrect, based on the details that Snowden showed Greenwald, by the way). Given that, if Gregory believes that leaking classified information is a criminal act, then shouldn't Gregory be asking himself if he should be prosecuted?

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    Ninja (profile), 24 Jun 2013 @ 3:52am

    It's a recurrent problem in humans it seems. The trolls here at techdirt do it a lot. They scream in favor of clear violations of the Constitution, in favor of sheer insane laws without realizing they would be severely affected by those.

    Even regular people are quick to judge and want to delete speech because they feel it's offensive for them but they cry foul when others want to censor speech they agree with even though it's offensive to others. I'm not exempting myself here and in fact I've already caught myself doing exactly that without noticing.

    I'm don't think it's always it's hypocrisy though I tend to believe there are examples that could be classified that way. The question is how open the other person is to realize their mistake.

    Anyway, from what I could grasp it seems David isn't quite open...

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