My point, as I said, is that BoingBoing is an exception in that regard.
I'm not criticizing the NSA posts here (at least, not from this angle). I'm observing that the media, and the politicians -- not necessarily in that order -- have jumped on the NSA issues with all the fervor of someone trying not to deal with issues that are less convenient and less soundbite-friendly.
And, in any case: http://xkcd.com/1269/
(I'm also reminded of the cartoon I saw decades ago, in which a gentleman is angrily declaiming "As an American, I deeply resent being spied upon by the CIA -- it should be the FBI, or nobody!")