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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A kind of journalism that serves the public

is printing
what someone else
does not want printed
 Greenwald continues
Excerpt, editing for TIN by Carolyn Bennett

From part two of a two-part Democracy Now interview with the author of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.

Glenn Greenwald says, “We tried to do … reporting in the public service.”

He says the journalism he advocates and engages in “is controversial among a large klatch of … ‘establishment’ journalists” as there exists “an unwritten set of rules that govern how you [journalists] are supposed to speak and what you’re supposed to do,” which he says he consciously reject[s] and set[s] out to violate because … [these rules] are corrupting.” Continuing, Greenwald says he has been

…a very vociferous critic of how the establishment media in the United States conducts itself, and that’s created a lot of animosity even before the Edward Snowden story … [and his reporting and the way he tries] to do journalism [has been] the target of [their] criticism. 

Glenn Greenwald reporting
Posted at Euronews
oes the public hear meaningfully and appreciate journalism in service to the public? Greenwald draws on his particular experience covering issues of concern in his latest work.

Working on surveillance issues for eight years, he says, “I know the difficulty of trying to induce large numbers of people to pay attention and care about [these issues] because it’s a little bit more ethereal and abstract, and even a little bit remote, than … your inability to pay bills or to get health insurance for your children.

“The ability we’ve had to take [actual] documents and show them to people ─ as opposed to just reporting on [the issues] and making them rely on what we’re saying ─ has been indispensable in engaging the public.
“It really shows the value of whistleblowing, not just for exposing specific programs; but for strengthening democracy and for the debate that is necessary to support democracy.”
Source: Democracy Now, May 14, 2014, “Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Corporate Media is ‘Neutered, Impotent and Obsolete’,” http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/14/glenn_greenwald_us_corporate_media_is

Filmmaker Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, were the journalists who first met Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in June of last year.


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