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Dec 03 2013

British government hypocrisy on display

Bloomberg news has been having a conflict with the Chinese government after it ran a series of stories about the wealth of senior Chinese government officials. In seeming retaliation for this, a British reporter for Bloomberg was not allowed to attend a press conference with British prime minister David Cameron and his Chinese counterpart in Beijing yesterday.

Downing Street has protested to the Chinese authorities about a “completely inappropriate” decision to bar a British journalist from a press conference in Beijing with David Cameron and his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang.

No 10 raised “deep concerns” on two occasions with Chinese officials after the foreign ministry excluded Robert Hutton, a political journalist with the US wire service Bloomberg, from the event at the Great Hall of the People on Monday.

Cameron’s concern for the freedom of the press is quite something to see, given that his government insisted on physically destroying the computers of The Guardian reporters for publishing the Edward Snowden leaks and right now is giving the editor of the paper a rough parliamentary grilling and is even threatening the paper with terrorism charges.

To his credit, editor Alan Rusbridger seems to be quite defiant and unfazed by the intimidatory tactics of Cameron’s government.

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  1. 1
    colnago80

    Well, well, well, Prof. Singham’s hero, Glenn Greenwald, may have feet of clay. Just another money grubbing scumbag like the journalists he so lovingly skewers.

    http://goo.gl/uBwBy2

  2. 2
    Rob Grigjanis

    The hypocrisy of the West has been obvious to anyone willing to spend a little effort researching, for the last century or two. The great thing about Snowden and Wikileaks is that the hypocrisy is there for all to see, with no effort at all. And the pushback is so feeble that it can only influence feeble, prejudiced, or incurious minds.

  3. 3
    Lassi Hippeläinen

    In other news, the USA is trying to win the much coveted Bryan Fischer Award:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25210890

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  5. 5
    colnago80

    And Dr. SC should note that in the article I linked to the author responded to Greenwald’s response.

  6. 6
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    Where? I honestly can’t find a response to his lengthy rebuttal. Is it buried in the comments somewhere?

  7. 7
    colnago80

    Sorry, the response by the author’s editor was on a later blog post.

    http://goo.gl/h2t9XG

  8. 8
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    Well, thank you. That was every bit as hacky as the original piece, as argued in detail in several of the comments. Very sad.

  9. 9
    colnago80

    As the authors of the original article stated, many left wing supporters of Greenwald, like Dr. SC, have a vested interested interest in him and will support him no matter what he does. AFAIK, Snowden isn’t making buck one from his activities but Greenwald will cash in. That’s not to say that what Greenwald has done relative to releasing selected portions of the Snowden trove is wrong, just that he’s being hypocritical in profiting from it big time.

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    SC (Salty Current), OM

    Ridiculousness piled on top of ridiculousness.

  11. 11
    trucreep

    Absolute garbage colnago80.

    You state that many left wing supporters of Greenwald will support him no matter what he does. This is a statement borne of contempt for a person, for what reasons, I don’t know. The only reason I can come up with is because you just don’t like his tone or the way he writes. Everything he says is backed up hard facts, and he provides evidence and reasoning for everything he does. I’ve read plenty of critiques against him, some valid. But most is just absolute pathetic garbage, much like what you’ve linked here.

    Trying to say a journalist is a hypocrite for making money off of his work is not as insane as you’d initially think. Its the establishment at work, slowly working to make a case to prosecute and prevent this type of journalism from happening. You are a fool swept up in the hysteria manufactured by the government if you buy into this complete garbage. People have respect for Greenwald because he is principled and does not stand for the typical bullshit that passes these days for “critical thinking” or “intellectual discourse.” And people that dislike him because he might sound mean or hurt their feelings are the ultimate practitioners of this type of childlike behavior.

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