Glenn Greenwald told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday that receiving the Pulitzer Prize for public service was “really gratifying.”
On Monday, Greenwald and other journalists at The Guardian and The Washington Post were awarded the Pulitzer for their reporting on the National Security Agency. The big question as the awards approached was whether the Pulitzer Prize committee would recognize their work, and they did just that.
On Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” Greenwald told Stelter that he was having lunch with his phone on the table when the announcement came, and described his reaction.
“I think there was an expectation that the committee had to recognize the reporting in one way or another, and the question was going to be how,” said Greenwald. “To learn that it was the public service award and that it was given to The Guardian and to The Washington Post for the work that we had done was really gratifying, because I think that is the ideal that we always tried to fulfill, which is doing the reporting in public service.”
Congressman Peter King, like other critics of Greenwald, reacted to the news less kindly, calling the win a “disgrace.” When asked about King’s condemnation of the award, Greenwald said it was “an enormous badge of honor.” He compared it to the reactions of those who called for prosecuting Daniel Ellsberg and The New York Times for releasing the Pentagon Papers.
Emil Karlsson over at Debunking Denialism is at it again, this time he takes on Jenny McCarthy. He dissects her claims and thoroughly refutes them.
Anti-vaccine activist Jenny McCarthy has taken her own twisted self-delusions to an entirely new level. She has spent years on promoting demonstrably dangerous myths about how vaccines supposedly contain dangerous toxins that cause autism. She has repeatedly appeared on popular TV-shows to spread misinformation about the current vaccine schedule. She has deployed nearly every single gambit in the anti-vaccine play-book. In a move of enormous audacity, McCarthy wrote a piece for the Chicago Sun-Times trying to whitewash her deeply tainted anti-vaccine history. She now claims that she is not anti-vaccine at all and that the media has wrongly trusted “blatantly inaccurate” blog posts. In reality, her words betray her even in the midsts of writing her defense as she continues to parrot classic anti-vaccine distortions.
I am not “anti-vaccine.” This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted. For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, “pro-vaccine” and for years I have been wrongly branded as “anti-vaccine.”
If McCarthy is pro-vaccine, then why has she promoted dangerously false anti-vaccine tropes, including the notion that the MMR vaccine cause autism, that the preservative thimerosal cause autism and that multiple vaccines overwhelm the immune system cause autoimmune disease? It is right there, in the transcript of the interview she gave for the PBS documentary The Vaccine War. If she talks like an anti-vaccine activists and distort like an anti-vaccine activists, then she is an anti-vaccine activist. No matter what after-the-fact rationalizations she puts forward.
Jenny McCarthy is claiming she is not anti-vaccine.
Here’s the problem with that claim: Yes, she is. That’s patently obvious due to essentially everything she’s been saying about vaccines for years. Yet in an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times on April 12, 2014, she tries to ignore all that, and wipe the record clean.
In case you think I may be misquoting her, here is the first line of that op-ed: “I am not ‘anti-vaccine.’”
So, there you go.
CBS Chicago reporter Jay Levine was attacked during a live reporter by an anti-Obama protester who screamed, “Obama is a war criminal.”
We don’t know the ideological motives of the man who grabbed the mic, but the fact that he thinks that the president is a war criminal provides a bit of a hint. One of the favorite chants of the emo-prog left is that Obama is a war criminal. (This phrase is usually accompanied by some ranting about drones, the NSA, Julian Assange, and the former Bradley Manning.) The great irony is that this guy wouldn’t have been allowed within a mile of the president’ venue when George W. Bush was in office.
On the same day that the Supreme Court paved the way for the Koch Brothers and others to buy our government, this guy decided that he was going to assault a reporter, because he believes that President Obama is a war criminal. In my view, those are some seriously misplaced priorities.
“I need to be clear on this point: Are you telling me that Satan is literally working to confound your plans to release this game? You’re saying that the actual Devil is scheming against you?”
I’m sitting in a nondescript office in an unremarkable neighborhood in Bakersfield, CA, interviewing three men about their plans for a Biblical game based on the life of Abraham.
“I believe that, 100 percent,” replies Richard Gaeta, a co-founder of Phoenix Interactive. He argues that since the launch of the Kickstarter for Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham, trouble has come into all their lives.
“It’s very tangible,” adds his business partner Martin Bertram. “From projects falling through and people that were lined up to help us make this a success falling through. Lots of factors raining down on us like fire and brimstone.”
Nobody is winking or joking or pulling my leg. There is no irony here. They are absolutely serious.
In the end, the game’s Kickstarter raised only $19,000 of its $100,000 target. The game, which follows the life of Abraham, a central figure in Judaism, Islam and Christianity, is now seeking alternative fund-raising efforts.
Someone may want to explain to these nice, satan fearing programmers, that the problem is not beelzebub, so much, but - no one wants to invest money for an ancient worn out mythology when everyone else is out there imagining new ones.
“LOTS OF FACTORS RAINING DOWN ON US LIKE FIRE AND BRIMSTONE.”
THERE IS TALK, DURING OUR INTERVIEW, OF THE EVILS OF WELFARE, POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT AND PROMISCUITY.
They dislike the violence in the game and its sexual promiscuity. I point out that their game, Call of Abraham, features the supernatural razing of an entire city, a hero who cheats on his wife, attempted infanticide, rape and incest.
“It’s not only the content of the game, but the context in which it’s presented and what’s promoted, what is glorified,” argues Bertram. “In a game like Grand Theft Auto 5, it’s about just having as much fun as you can at the expense of the people whose property you’re destroying and the girls that you’re trying to pick up and use for a night. It’s really glorifying those things. Whereas the violence, the things that happened, particularly with Sodom and the judgment, those are tragedies. The reasons behind them make more sense. There is a moral argument for it. It’s about that, the context.”
Or….more likely it is because you are holier than thou loons with no sense of irony. I would not invest in that either.
Glenn Greenwald actually said this to a reporter:
“One of the problems of old media organizations is this incredibly homogenized, narrow range of viewpoints that get expressed. That comes from a really homogenized range of backgrounds—going to the same schools, coming from the same socio-economic environment—which produces a kind of stagnant, herd, groupthink. I honestly believe that in order to be an interesting, vibrant, provocative, innovative news organization you absolutely need diversity, in the people who are editing, and in the people who are writing the journalism.”
Do we even need to outline why this is so ridiculous? When do you suppose The Intercept will hire writers and reporters who disagree with Greenwald’s view of the intelligence community or the Obama administration or the role of the United States as a global leader or the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or [insert other Greenwald hobby horse here]. You know, because herd groupthink is bad.
Of course that will never happen in a million years. Hell, Greenwald routinely blocks people who disagree with him (politely or otherwise) on Twitter — is there any chance Greenwald would dare hire, say, Joshua Foust or Charles Johnson or Edward Lucas? Never. Because The Intercept, contrary to the Greenwald rant above, is a bubble. It’s just as hive-minded as the traditional news media Greenwald disdains so much.
Two years ago, a group of researchers published a paper with a provocative title: “NASA Faked the Moon Landing—Therefore, (Climate) Science Is a Hoax.” In the paper, they noted that a subset of the community that has a hard time accepting the evidence for human-driven climate change tends to more generally believe conspiracy theories.
Ironically, the community responded with… conspiracy theories. Which some of the original authors then analyzed in a paper that was accepted for publication in the journal Frontiers of Psychology. But shortly after its appearance, the article was pulled from the journal website and has existed in an unusual academic limbo since. Today, Frontiers has confirmed that the paper will be pulled permanently—not due to any flaws in it or misconduct by its authors, but because its “legal context is unclear.” All indications are that lack of clarity involves some of its subjects threatening defamation suits.
The initial paper produced results that weren’t entirely surprising. By surveying visitors to climate blogs, its authors found that free-market fans tended to reject scientific findings that had potential regulatory implications, something that’s been found by a variety of other researchers. But it also found that there is a population of people who doubt scientific findings simply because they tended to doubt nearly everything, ascribing a variety of things—the Moon landings, the World Trade Center attacks, etc.—to conspiracies. This might seem surprising, but the results held up when the same authors extended the study to the US population in general.
TV infomercial star-turned-convicted swindler Kevin Trudeau has been sentenced to 10 years after prosecutors accused him of cheating people out of millions in a fraudulent weight-loss book.
Trudeau, whose sentence follows his defiance of paying a $37 million fine, was slammed as “deceitful to the core” by U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman in Chicago Monday.
When I saw this post over at Wonkette, I thought I just had to show Charles Johnson and Gus. I just wonder if and when they’ll make a Greenwald action figure.
Are you a grown-ass person that still likes to play with toys and pretend you are someone else? We really wish we could stop you from doing that. But since we can’t, why not consider fighting for freedom of the press or something like that, but in a really self-aggrandizing way by pretending you are Julian Assange and/or Edward Snowden?
An Oregon firm introduced an action figure of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. thatsmyface.com, whose catalog also includes Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, said that the 12-inch Snowden figure comes dressed in a blue shirt, casual trousers and black high-top shoes, but wardrobe options include a gray-striped business suit, Indiana Jones outfit and a combat uniform. It sells for $99.
To be fair, $99 is a very small price to pay to pretend you fled to Russia and are now addressing SXSW via eleventy proxies while living in Russia, land of the free and home of the brave.