— Liliana Segura at The Intercept. Welcome, Jordan Smith
Hugh Gusterson at TruthOut. The Iraq War: Forgotten in Plain Sight
On the 11th anniversary of the war in Iraq, the US mainstream media’s decontextualized rendering of violence in Iraq fails to explain political divisions and struggles in Iraq or how this violence is a direct consequence of the US invasion and occupation.
— Patrick Cockburn in The London Review of Books. Diary
— Baltasar Garzón quoted by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher at The Intercept. Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters
— Arthur Sylvester quoted by Morley Safer (1966) from an article by Jon Schwarz at A Tiny Revolution. Has Morley Safer Ever Told John Miller This Story?: ‘Look, If You Think Any American Official Is Going to Tell You the Truth, Then You’re Stupid’
Brian Whitaker at al-bab.com. Investigating chemical weapons in Syria
I got to Whitaker’s piece by way of War in Context. I’m old enough and subscribed to The New Yorker long enough togain a lot of respect for Seymour Hersh and his reporting. But Hersh’s piece in the London Review of Books, Whose Sarin? left me scratching my head. My reaction was flavored with a scepticism about my government making a case for war combined with my ignorance.
From Paul Woodward’s editorials at War in Context, 1, 2, it appears that Woodward thinks Hersh has got it all wrong. Woodward is far more knowledgeable than I, and generally would defer to his opinion. I’m still scratching my head about the Sarin attacks in Syria.
War in Context isso valuable because Woodward points to a wide array of serious reporting on issues. The site is an positive example of the kind of shift that Whitaker points to in investigative journalism. Nowadays reports must relate to credible open-source information available.
If you have nightmares, they may include your boss as the villain. Kaplan was always on the good-guy team in my dreams.
Brilliant writing by Jim Windolf appreciating his friend and colleague.
Glenn Greenwald at UT Documents. Questions/responses for journalists linking to the Pando post - and other matters
Greenwald responds forcefully to Mark Ames’s piece at Pando. He also criticizes other journalists linking to it.
A part of me wishes that a response to Ames’s piece were enough, as I’m not really a fan of journalists taking pot shots at each other. But the ways that I get news these days, it’s hard to avoid noticing the pot shots, at least noticing enough to know there’s a history to it.
Clearly Greenwald bears some animosity towards Josh Marshall. I’ve opened Marshalls Talking Points Memo since 2001.Marshall has taken to his pulpit to criticize Greenwald. I found Marshall’s June piece The Snowden Prism hard to stomach. I pretty much ignore his Twitter stream as his tweets tend toward a kind of chest thumping I find obnoxious. Still, I go to TPM everyday because I find it a good source on political news. And I like Josh Marshall. He’s not blameless in his Greenwald bashing, but quite a few of the commenters at TPM are over the top.
Comments on pieces and Tweets are all a part of transparency. But fighting for fighting sake tends to obscure more than it reveals. It’s a hard problem.To me the response to Ames’s piece seems most substantial. It was fair play for Greenwald to address this back talk; he’s right that fundamental issues are at stake.
Who “owns” the NSA secrets leaked by Edward Snowden to reporters Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras? Given that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar just invested a quarter of a billion dollars to personally …
Mark Ames raises important points. I’m optimistic about Omidyar’s news venture. But I was reminded of Jay Rosen’s post, “Out of the pressbox and into the field” which he wrote having signed on with Omidyar’s group. Rosen wrote:
And so when I speak about it you are entitled to apply whatever discount rate you find appropriate. About the intentions of Pierre Omidyar, the journalism of Glenn Greenwald and the eventual product of NewCo I am no longer an independent analyst rendering judgment. Criticism will have to come from others. And I am sure it will. #
The sort of piece Ames wrote is exactly why we need a vigorous free press.
David Lightman reporting at McClatchy. McClatchy won’t publish photos issued by White House
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