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Greenwald writes: "From the earliest stages of this reporting, back in Hong Kong, we expected (and hoped) that the reporting we were about to do would expose conflicts in how journalism is understood and practiced."

Glenn Greenwald. (photo: AP)
Glenn Greenwald. (photo: AP)

The NSA Debate Is As Much About Journalism As Surveillance

By Glenn Greenwald, Guardian UK

04 October 13


A 14-minute interview on BBC highlights the debate over the proper relationship between journalists and government

n late June, the economist Dean Baker astutely observed that our NSA reporting was "doing as much to expose corrupt journalism as to expose government spying." Indeed, from the earliest stages of this reporting, back in Hong Kong, we expected (and hoped) that the reporting we were about to do would expose conflicts in how journalism is understood and practiced as much as it would shine light on the NSA's specific surveillance programs.

That, I think, has clearly been the case. The debates over the proper relationship between journalists and governments have been as illuminating and significant as the debates over government spying and secrecy. Last night on BBC's Newsnight, I was interviewed for 14 minutes by host Kirsty Wark. It was an adversarial interview, which is how interviews should be. But she chose to focus almost entirely on the process questions surrounding the reporting rather than the substance of the revelations, and in the process made some quite dubious claims that come straight from the mouths of government officials. Nonetheless, her choice of focus ended up highlighting many of the most important conflicts about how journalism is understood, and is worth watching for that reason: your social media marketing partner


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+5 # Annietime13 2013-10-04 13:49


-1 # stanhode 2013-10-04 19:06
Are you agitating for Stanley McChrystal to form another posse to get Glenn Greenwald? Shame!
+19 # babaregi 2013-10-04 18:15
OMG, Glenn was masterful in fielding this interviewer's manipulative questions. She and her bosses had hoped to corner and discredit him but he pushed back so hard that it clearly revealed the interviewer as being the tool she is pushing a repressive State agenda.
-12 # katela 2013-10-04 22:25
Glenn Greenwald? Boo. HIss!
-12 # katela 2013-10-04 22:26
Glenn Greenwald? Boo. HIss!
+9 # Farafalla 2013-10-04 22:38
Wow! Glen is a real journalist. Haven't seen these in so long, I had forgotten what it is supposed to be like. BBC went Tory under Balir. Mouthpieces for the state. This is an important interview. ESP the part about being disappeared in the Americsn gulag.
+8 # Annietime13 2013-10-04 23:34
This interview??, was fascinating to watch.
She was coming at you so fast and assured,
But you cut her off at the pass every time.

Your answers came fast and straight,
No hesitation, only clearness
No bowing to her relentless accusations.

You are one fine Hero.
Be safe.
+1 # cordleycoit 2013-10-04 23:36
We had a name For people like War excapt in the case of NYk, parrots. Except for Times woman Miller; she would be called operator.
+1 # FDRva 2013-10-04 23:56
With so many British intell officials defending him--I wonder.

Is Obama running for Queen?
+3 # jwb110 2013-10-05 10:30
Who was that woman? She sounded like her gynecologist had pulled the wrong tooth.

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