There were two exchanges on TV recently that were interesting to watch. In both, Glenn Greenwald took on alleged liberals who could not hide their disdain for Edward Snowden while at the same time being obliged to concede that the documents he released revealed hitherto secret government activities that we had a right to know about.
The first clip was between Greenwald and Bill Maher on January 17 (via Xeni Jardin).
The second occurred on January 2 and was between Greenwald and Ruth Marcus, a columnist for the Washington Post. According to her Wikipedia page Marcus “identifies as a liberal with the Democratic party”. Watch her wriggle and squirm.
In order to maintain their credentials as Obama supporters in good standing, Maher and Marcus had to flail away to find something to criticize about Snowden. Greenwald has heard these things many times before and has little difficulty swatting them down. But it shows how on many issues, the labels ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ are not good predictors of where one stands on issues.