“Instead of being adversaries to government power … [the media of Washington, D.C., are] … servants to it and mouthpieces for it.” So said the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story of Edward Snowden’s disclosure of NSA spying on the American people, after Greenwald’s confrontation with Meet the Press’s David Gregory. Greenwald needn’t have limited his observation to the D.C. media. Plenty of reporters and cable-news talking heads are playing the same role in the NSA drama. If the press spent half the time investigating Obama’s Big Brother operations that they spend sneering at Snowden and Greenwald, writes Sheldon Richman, Americans might demand that the government stop spying on them.
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