Jon Stewart was at the top of his game last night in this segment looking at the deranged CoffeeCupGhaziGate fake controversy.
Remember when Jim Hoft, fabled Dumbest Man on the Internet, freaked out about a photograph of President Obama taking a “selfie” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial event, labeling Obama the “Narcissist-in-Chief?” And remember how this Obama-bashing meme instantly spread throughout the right wing blogs and made it all the way to Fox News?
Well, first of all, this was not a “funeral;” it was a memorial service that included lots of performers and tributes from dignitaries. And it was not a solemn event in a church; it was more like a party, a joyous celebration of Mandela’s life. And for that matter, Jim Hoft was incredibly vicious and mean-spirited toward Nelson Mandela when he died, posting several rants like this one and this one.
But the point of this post: today the DMOTI tweeted this, demonstrating once again that boorish self-absorbed right wing hypocrisy for which he’s infamous — a lovely selfie that he took with a friend at a real funeral, in a church, wearing a polo shirt and a big un-self-conscious grin.
Say “cheese,” Jim.
(I’m posting a screenshot linked to his tweet instead of embedding it, because Hoft has a long-standing habit of trying to delete stuff like this when it gets noticed.)
It won’t come as a shock to anyone who reads LGF that I have zero respect for Glenn Greenwald; the man is a raving egomaniac with no ethics or honesty who poses as the most ethical and honest person in the world, and a vicious smear artist who specializes in character assassination of anyone who criticizes him. And he’s been this way for as long as I’ve been aware of him.
And yet, the US media almost universally continues giving him a pass on his sleazy tactics, and almost never calls him out when he trips over his own feet — which isn’t really that rare.
I’d like to draw your attention to two examples of this egregiously dishonest behavior today.
First, as most people know by now, Edward Snowden’s claim that he sent numerous emails to the NSA reporting abuse and “whistleblowing” has now exploded. It turns out that the only email he sent to the NSA General Counsel has absolutely nothing to do with whistleblowing; it was an innocuous question about a legal point that was already publicly answered on the NSA’s website. Furthermore, Snowden sent the email in April 2013; at that point, according to his own accounts, he was already stealing as much top secret material as he could, was already committed to fleeing the country, and was already in touch with Greenwald — which renders absurd any claim that he was “whistleblowing” or trying to go through channels.
On the night of Edward Snowden’s interview with Brian Williams, NBC News claimed to have “confirmed” that Snowden sent emails reporting abuse, causing Glenn Greenwald to exclaim triumphantly:
Biggest news from NBC/Snowden interview: NBC confirmed Snowden filed written concerns with NSA - something USG has vehemently denied.
The “biggest news!” But unfortunately for the Mighty Greenwald, this turned out to be completely false. So how did he respond when it became clear the email didn’t “confirm” his (and Snowden’s) claims at all? Well, now it suddenly becomes “irrelevant.”
From “biggest news” to “irrelevant” in a single day. I think Greenwald has set a new world record for speed of hypocrisy.
Our second example of Greenwaldian sleaze: remember when he got into a huge, very public fight with Julian Assange of Wikileaks about redacting the name of a country from one of his reports? Greenwald said he was completely convinced that revealing the name of the country would “cause deaths.” And since Greenwald’s default position is to assume everything the US government says is a lie, the argument they made for redacting the country must have been very compelling indeed.
Then, Wikileaks carried out their threat to reveal the country. Since Greenwald said he was utterly convinced that doing this would cause people to die, you’d think he would condemn Assange for being so incredibly cavalier with human lives.
You might think that, but you’d be wrong; Greenwald has not said a single word about this subject since Wikileaks revealed the country. No condemnation, not even mild protest. Nothing.
This has been your public service announcement for today, trying to blow the whistle on a destructive, malignant libertarian extremist masquerading as a journalist.
The Onion’s AV Club zeroes right in on the Mighty Greenwald: Glenn Greenwald Loves Sony, Now That They’ve Bought the Rights to His Edward Snowden Book.
This is how you do “scathing.”
“I’m very happy to be working with Amy Pascal, Doug Belgrad and the team at Sony Pictures Entertainment, who have a successful track record of making thoughtful and nuanced true-life stories that audiences want to see,” said Greenwald of the same executives he had previously accused of producing “the ultimate hagiography of the most secretive arm of America’s National Security State” when they made Zero Dark Thirty, but now heartily endorses, because they’re giving him lots of money.
“We are extremely proud that […] Glenn chose Sony to bring this riveting story to the big screen,” added Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, the Sony subsidiary Greenwald likened to the Nazi propaganda machine a year and a half ago, but which now owns the rights to Greenwald’s book.
Have you noticed that every second or third article by Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept is explaining and/or defending something awful he’s done, or viciously attacking his critics for pointing it out? It’s really striking. At least half of Greenwald’s time these days is taken up with trying to justify his very obvious anti-American agenda, with reams of verbiage and insults.
Here’s the latest example, in which the most moral and honest journalist who has ever lived frantically attempts to justify the New York Times story on NSA spying against China: Some Facts About How NSA Stories Are Reported.
I thought it might be fun to extract out just the ad hominem attacks, sarcasm and insults from this typically over-long series of excuses.
Several members of the august “US Journalists Against Transparency” club…
Echoing the script of national security state officials…
True to form, however, these beacons of courage…
… one must congratulate the US Government on its outstanding propaganda feat of getting its journalists to lead the war on those who bring transparency…
…beyond the abject spectacle of anti-transparency journalists…
…cowardly refusing to criticize the media outlets that actually made the choice…
…don’t mislead people…
The jingoistic view of what is “newsworthy” is baseless and warped.
Who created the uber-nationalistic standard…
…are American journalists (and whistleblowers like Snowden) supposed to keep the public ignorant of anything and everything the US Government does to people provided those people aren’t blessed with American citizenship?
…massive deceit and hypocrisy by US officials…
If you’re a US government official, or a devoted loyalist to the US government, then it makes sense that you’d be angry that has been revealed.
…jingoistic government loyalists…
That’s just a quick once-over — there’s plenty more ad hominem where that came from. But perhaps the best line in the whole rant:
Now, obviously, anyone is free to agree or disagree with Snowden’s framework for how these materials be handled and reported.
Sure, you’re free to disagree, you uber-nationalistic devoted loyalist hypocrite jingoistic shill for the national security state!
As Vladimir Putin shuts down dissenting media outlets, cracks down on dissidents and brings Europe to the brink of war, some observations on Glenn Greenwald’s very noticeable evasiveness when the subject turns to Russia’s propaganda machine:
And there’s Glenn Greenwald ducking and dodging questions about Russia and spewing insults at those who ask: https://t.co/yJoez1Wl9I
Greenwald absolutely refuses to say a single negative word about Russia. It’s incredibly revealing.
Make of it what you will.
The Mighty Glenn Greenwald gave a presentation at Austin’s SXSW gathering of dudebros today, and since I know LGF readers are busy adults who don’t like to waste time with inconsequentialities, here’s the condensed infographic version of his speech about the perils of being the most honest and moral journalist in the world, courtesy of the very creative and talented folks at imagethink.net.
Here’s the full-sized version (click to enlarge):
I absolutely love how “RUSSIA” is sort of stuck in, way over in the bottom right corner with some squiggly lines and a generic silhouette and no other text, like they had an afterthought as they were running out of room. “Oh yeah, Russia. I guess we ought to at least mention that.”
Sums it up very well.
You know how the right wing has always despised New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a RINO, someone who’s willing to make deals and compromises; in other words, a total loser?
Well, suddenly Christie is back in the good graces of the right, and all it took was a massive corruption scandal: Bridge-Gate: Why Conservatives Are Now Embracing Chris Christie.
After being snubbed last year, embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has been invited to speak next month at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC - the biggest conservative confab of the year.
Governor Christie, under intense pressure over the ongoing “Bridge-gate” scandal, was also embraced over the weekend by top Republicans appearing on Sunday talk shows. On ABC News, Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin called Christie a “fantastic governor.” And both he and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) of Louisiana (appearing on CNN) said Christie should stay on as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
Even some of the most conservative lights, who typically ridicule Christie as a “RINO” - a Republican in Name Only - have managed at times to come down on Christie’s side since Bridge-gate broke last month. Fox News host Sean Hannity has defended Christie’s use of hurricane Sandy relief money.
Just more evidence that the overriding principle driving the conservative movement in 2014 is a sort of base, mean-spirited contrarianism.
Today I learned the Republican Party can still surprise me with the depth of their bald-faced hypocrisy: RNC Slams ‘Unconstitutional’ NSA Spying.
The Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday renouncing “unconstitutional” National Security Agency surveillance programs.
The resolution, affirmed by a voice vote at the GOP’s winter meeting, was a remarkable move from many of the same party activists who vigorously defended controversial surveillance programs during George W. Bush’s administration.
Yes, that’s right — the party that brought you the Patriot Act is now making a blatant, opportunistic bid for the libertarian crowd. Just ignore that history behind the curtain, folks.
It does make me wonder, though; what could possibly be the difference between the President we had then and the one we have now?
Minnesota Republican State Senator Sean R. Nienow calls himself a small-government fiscal conservative, yet for some reason he’s reportedly in default on a six-figure loan from the Small Business Administration: Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, Wife Sued in $613,000 Federal Loan Default.
The Nienows borrowed the money for their company, the National Camp Association, Inc., described in news accounts as an organization that helps parents select a camp. The association, which is listed on the Minnesota secretary of state’s website at the Nienows’ home address in Cambridge, also was sued.
The suit alleges that on Jan. 16, 2009, the SBA provided the loan to the association and it was personally guaranteed by the Nienows. A copy of the signed guarantee is attached to the suit.
“The defendants ceased making payments on or about July 28, 2010, and the Note has not been repaid,” the suit said. “Defendants have defaulted under the terms and conditions of the Note by failing to repay said Note.”
Although demand for payment was made, the Nienows did not comply, the suit said, and they owe an unpaid principal balance of $558,076.53 and administrative costs of $189,861.09 for a total of $747,937.62.
Sen. Nienow, 46, did not respond Friday to phone calls, a text message or e-mail.
An organization that helps parents select a camp. What could be more wholesome and family-friendly?