Journalist who broke Snowden story calls mainstream attackers “royal courtiers”, “servants to political power”

Steve Watson
June 25, 2013

A second establishment media mouthpiece has called for the US government to arrest Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the revelations concerning Edward Snowden’s leaks revealing the NSA’s domestic surveillance program.

New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin, who usually works as a business reporter, has stated unequivocally that he’d “arrest Snowden and now I’d almost arrest Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who seems to be out there, he wants to help him get to Ecuador or whatever.”

Sorkin made the comments despite the fact that there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Greenwald is aiding Snowden in any way. The London Guardian reporter merely facilitated Snowden’s going public by interviewing the former NSA employee.

Sorkin, a supposed journalist himself, is ludicrously suggesting that another reporter should be arrested for empathizing with a source.

When he was criticized on Twitter regarding the comments, Sorkin attempted to back track, claiming that he was just “raising other questions.”

Sorkin’s comments are even more ironic given that he has routinely been accused of buddying up with Wall Street executives to make sure their side of the story on the economic crisis is given the time of day.

Greenwald later slammed  Sorkin in a tweeted response:

This latest call for Greenwald to be arrested comes in the wake of NBC’s Meet the Press anchor David Gregory’s comments that Greenwald had “aided and abetted” Edward Snowden, asking him why he should not be charged with a crime.

In a scathing rebuke, Greenwald has stated that he believes mainstream establishment reporters are after him because they are bitter about not being able to be real journalists:

“Some of what is driving this hostility from some media figures is personal bitterness. Some of it is resentment over my having been able to break these big stories not despite, but because of, my deliberate breaching of the conventions that rule their world.

But most of it is what I have long criticized them for most: they are far more servants to political power than adversarial watchdogs over it, and what provokes their rage most is not corruption on the part of those in power (they don’t care about that) but rather those who expose that corruption, especially when the ones bringing transparency are outside of, even hostile to, their incestuous media circles.

They’re just courtiers doing what courtiers have always done: defending the royal court and attacking anyone who challenges or dissents from it. That’s how they maintain their status and access within it. That’s what courtiers to power, by definition, do.”


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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