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Nov 29 2013

Glenn Greenwald blasts another BBC journalist

By now it should be clear to practically anyone who follows news with even the mildest critical gaze that the leaders of governments lie. In order to serve their purposes, they are willing to lie routinely, unscrupulously, shamelessly, and indiscriminately. The only thing that stops them from lying is the fear of getting caught and even then, in the case of James Clapper who still has his job even after lying under oath, it is sometimes not enough to stop them.

This is why journalists should never, ever, accept the word of government officials without asking for evidence. And yet this BBC journalist is shocked, just shocked, that Greenwald is accusing the intelligence chiefs of the UK and US of lying. Of course, journalists who are careerists know which side their bread is buttered and love to curry favor with the big shots in government and this explains their seeming naivete.

What I like about Greenwald is that he has no hesitation to blasting such pseudo-journalists while never raising his voice, merely using his seemingly encyclopedic recall of history and facts. He reminds me very much of Noam Chomsky in this regard. What he does to this journalist is a joy to behold.

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  1. 1
    colnago80

    Gee, Glenn Greenwald, Noam Chomsky, Philip Weiss, etc. Prof. Singham loves him some JINOs.

  2. 2
    Pope Bandar bin Turtle

    JINO = Jackanapes In Name Only? I has confuzed!! Plz … disambiguate, colnago80.

  3. 3
    Rutee Katreya

    It’s the pet fascist’s favorite hobbiehorse in general. “Jew in Name Only”.

  4. 4
    Marcus Ranum

    They are also generally anti-authoritarians – I’ve noticed Prof Singham has a pronounced anti-authoritarian perspective (as do I, and many others of his commentariat) Perhaps that’s the correlation you’re looking for? Or are you just looking under your racist/tribalist street-lamp because it’s more familiar territory to you?

  5. 5
    pethenry

    Can we vote someone off the island?

  6. 6
    kraut

    Government official lie? Amazing. Who’d have thunk.

  7. 7
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    Which, let’s be honest, is a hilariously bizarre thing to say on an atheist blog post. I mean, are we supposed to respect them more if they’re observant Jews?

  8. 8
    left0ver1under

    Lumbago is an atheist in name only. He’s a rabid believer in the “chosen people” superiority complex you see both today in Israel and in Germany 70 years ago.

  9. 9
    colnago80

    The Vancouver varmint is a putz.

  10. 10
    schmeer

    Clearly, a jew who doesn’t agree with you is no jew at all.

  11. 11
    sailor1031

    Being jewish or not jewish has something to do withh NSA spying on the whole world? who knew?

  12. 12
    Acolyte of Sagan

    Thank you, sailor 1031, for giving me the chance to link to my all-time favourite Jesus and Mo cartoon:
    http://www.jesusandmo.net/2006/10/30/suit/

  13. 13
    sailor1031

    Thank you! I had either missed that one or forgotten it!

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