On Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN, journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept reacted to the expiration of the Patriot Act on Sunday and the media’s use of propaganda to scare viewers.
Greenwald stated that the media “should be ashamed of themselves” for the way they are reporting on the Patriot Act.
“American media outlets should really be ashamed of themselves the way they do that. I mean, supposedly the lesson that large American media outlets learned from their role in selling the Iraq war to the public was, ‘Oh, we’re not going to allow government officials to prop propagandize the public anymore. we’re going to put their names on things and have them be held accountable.’ Yet this all turned out to be a complete scam.”
If you turn on any major cable network, including the one we’re on unfortunately, or read any large American newspaper you constantly see reporters giving anonymity to the people they’re supposedly serving as watchdogs over in order to scare the public. that New York Times article that you reference that game anonymity to Obama officials to say nothing other than, ‘You’re playing Russian roulette with national security if you’re one of our critics on the Patriot Act’ was disgraceful. Tt was the kind of reporting that got Judy Miller fired and yet they continue to do it.”
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