"If you work for MSNBC or for CNN or whatever, you’re basically nothing more than an employee of a large corporation, and in order to thrive in large corporations, the attitude you need is somebody who gives power what it wants rather than looking to subvert it or to be antiauthoritarian."
Give it to them, Glenn!
What's so cool and reassuring is that Saint Glenn, Savior to All and Journalism In Particular, has always been on the case of those fake journalists who kowtow to the powerful.
Here he is giving Chris Hayes (The Nation‘s Editor-at-Large and MSNBC’s weekend host) a taste of his Greenwaldian medicine:
"In the book, Hayes described how American elite culture is so insulated that it “produce[s] cognitive capture,” meaning that even those who enter it with hostility to its orthodoxies end up shaped by — succumbing to — its warped belief system and corrupt practices. Given that Hayes pronounces this “cognitive capture” to be “an inevitable outcome of sustained immersion” in that world, I asked him what steps he is personally taking to inoculate himself against being infected now that he’s a highly rewarded TV personality and employee of one of the world’s largest media corporations." (Greenwald interviews Chris Hayes)
No word yet from Glenn on whether or not his assessment of what happens to journalism in a corporate setting/culture is going to apply to his own heroic person once the Pierre Omidyar new business venture he's going to head launches. Will the "inevitable cognitive capture" Hayes describes going to apply to Greenwald now that he's become an Omydiar's employee?
Fret not kids, Glenn has an answer to that one, as illustrated by his detailed, not-at-all obfuscating exchange with Amy Goodman, during one of her famed adversarial interviews. Would you believe that Hero-of-the-People Glenn has already questioned Friend-of-the-People Pierre Omidyar on his being owner of PayPal and eBay and how that worked out during that whole Wikileaks blockade kerfuffle:
"Glenn Greenwald: In the very first conversation or second conversation I had with Pierre, I asked him about that exact issue. And what he told me was that, at the time—and this is absolutely true—he was not the CEO of eBay, he was not involved in its management or PayPal, and that he actually disagreed with that decision." (Greenwald responds to Goodman)
What journalistic mettle, Glenn! Thanks for totally reassuring us and not pulling any wool over our unworthy eyes, Glenn.
I guess that old fart Chomsky and equally farty friend Herman were in over their heads when they wrote that rag, Manufacturing Consent.
You're so great, Glenn.
And do keep the locks on those Snowden files for us. We're so unworthy of your genius, self-sacrifice and heroism.