Ah, the days when you love "the internet." We already wrote about how some in the mainstream media -- including the NY Times and the NY Daily News -- had decided to pursue what were clearly smear pieces
on reporter Glenn Greenwald, who broke the NSA surveillance story with leaks from Ed Snowden. The smear campaign involved digging way
back into the past and dredging up a couple of completely minor things that weren't newsworthy when they happened and aren't newsworthy now. What was encouraging was reading the comments on the NYDN piece, which we won't give traffic to by linking from here, where most of the commenters condemned the paper and the reporter for the smear campaign.
However, "the internet" knows how to take something stupid and turn it into an awesome meme. Witness the #ggscandals hashtag on Twitter
, in which people are coming up with a variety of fake "scandals" that involved Glenn Greenwald, highlighting just how ridiculously petty the claims being levied against Greenwald really are. The tweets are coming fast and furious. Here's just a random sample of tweets that came in on the tag over the course of less than a minute:
In one simple move, a ton of people on the internet are showing the mainstream media that is trying to smear Greenwald what they think of them -- picking up on random tiny petty issues from his past and trying to make it out like it has any news value these days. Maybe, next time, instead of digging into Greenwald's past to try to make something out of nothing, reporters from the NY Times and the NY Daily News could, maybe, look into the NSA's surveillance efforts. You know, the story they didn't
break and have been slow to report on.