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Warning: This Diary is Poking Fun at Glenn Greenwald.

Yes, it is in fact about HIM.

Well, well, well, what have we here?

#ggscandals

Around dinner time in the eastern US, the New York Daily News website broke a “scandalous” byline about Mr. Greenwald, in SCREAMING FONT, even…
 

Glenn Greenwald, journalist who broke Edward Snowden story, was once lawyer sued over porn business
This thing is unbelievable in its poor-ness. I'm sorry to even link to it, but I couldn't not. It's like the writer tried to be as hackneyed as possible. It reads like the epitome of every bad National Enquirer article you’ve ever read in your life. And then, I look down, and I realize the NYDN has left its comments on. Usually, I don't go to these places-public sites like the News tend to consist of idiot navel-gazers and knuckle-draggers shouting back and forth about Obama and Bloomberg and The War on Terra. But not tonight. The vast majority of people who bothered to post at all in response were absolutely scathing in their excoriation of the News posting such an obvious sleaze-tabloid hit piece. One commenter noted that he “expected nothing less from the Post”. Ouch…

But wait! That’s not even the best part! The best part is that more literate posters than I've ever seen in one Twitter-place kicked off the hashtag #ggscandals. Do not walk, run, to your Twit-reader and take a gander. It's pretty danged comical. They’ve taken the concept of “the tabloid scandal” and turned it on its head.

So, Just How Scandalous IS Glenn Greenwald?


@MichaelPreston He used an out-of-the box Blogger template for his his first blog #ggscandals

@svulliez forgot his reusable bags at @wholefoods today the man is SICK #ggscandals

@BoggleUrNoggle Greenwald set the controls for the heart of the British empire's sun #ggscandals

@ocell Glenn Greenwald used a dirty plate at the buffet #ggscandals

@rhenk_amatoor Glenn Greenwald takes a penny, but does he ever leave a penny? A litany of convenience store clerks can answer that for you. #ggscandals

@radforjesus Failed to halt NSA reporting to cover Rusty the Red Panda. #ggscandals

@ZaidJilani Glenn Greenwald listens to Nickleback! #ggscandals

@jeremyscahill @ggreenwald killed Kenny #ggscandals

@underempAmerica Glenn Greenwald is fathering Kate's baby in exchange for a sparkly tiara #ggscandals

@RancidTarzie I love the solidarity of #ggscandals. Glenn, all the best people have your back.

 





That last one is my favorite, you know why? Because besides being highly enjoyable to read, it's also, IMO, a big F*CK YOU to the Mainstream American Media, as channeled through the NY Post--er, the Daily News. Jesus, what a bunch of assholes our Corporate Info Services are becoming. They don't even hide their contempt for us anymore, do you think?

6:14 AM PT: Just so you know, there's now an actual Twitter account for this, too:

@ggscandals

Hehe...if it blows up with followers, I'll update again :)

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  •  You know you have made it (4+ / 0-)
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    lunachickie, grover, CroneWit, joanneleon

    when the NY Post writes a stupid article about you.

    He who would trade liberty for security deserves great customer service.

    by Publius2008 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 11:06:03 PM PDT

  •  Another gem: (3+ / 0-)
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    grover, DRo, CroneWit
    @JagerJohnson "John, meet Yoko" said @ggreenwald #ggscandals
  •  I really can't believe he didn't bring his own (5+ / 0-)
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    DRo, duhban, lunachickie, kharma, CroneWit

    Bag to Whole Food Market. Good gosh, they have all those signs all over the parking lot so you don't forget. It clearly was intentional, wanton and reckless behavior and a breach oif national security.

    I bet he doesn't return his cart to the cart corral either! Can we get Rep Issa on this STAT?

    #wholefoodsgate

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 11:21:32 PM PDT

  •  Thanks lunachickie. (4+ / 0-)
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    lunachickie, kharma, CroneWit, joanneleon

    It's been a long day and I really needed that laugh.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 01:06:06 AM PDT

  •  Just to throw some substance in here: (3+ / 0-)
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    lunachickie, kharma, CroneWit

    Here's a personal article about Glenn Greenwald which actually leaves him looking more three-dimensional at the end of it.

    It has some good insight into his prickliness, his principals, and how he got where he is today.

    If you just want to laugh at the New York Daily News, lunachickie, ok. After two weeks of pie-fighting, I'd rather read articles like the one I link to, which add reason and insight.

    If anyone does want reason and insight, this Guardian interview with Jeremy Scahill has 6:27 of powerful, no-nonsense truth.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 01:26:34 AM PDT

    •  Glenn Greenwald's response to the article is here: (2+ / 0-)
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      lunachickie, CroneWit

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 01:32:18 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Aw, geez, lighten up! (3+ / 0-)
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      joanneleon, TracieLynn, Brecht

      Jeremy Scahill was all over that hashtag!

      I appreciate the links, though, I'll check them out. I've spent the last two weeks keeping up with this story and watching the evolution of our "information services". Yeah, we're making fun of the Daily News--which, look, you have to laugh sometimes--but see my last paragraph of the diary. This particular hashtag and the people who participated (and still are, from the looks of things) was also about morale --there was more than one shout-out to GG directly For anyone else's who's been paying a lot of attention to this, it was a much-needed respite, if you ask me. It was supremely witty--look at some of the other participants!

      It's also--bet your bottom dollar--sending a big, fat raspberry to the News and "news outlets" like it. I still can't get over those Daily News comments from readers. That was amazing unity there. That place is usually a cesspool of trollery and stupidity...

      •  I feared this diary would turn to pie-fighting (1+ / 0-)
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        lunachickie

        but I guess that's only guaranteed if you hit the rec list.

        Yes, it is good to see the Daily News comments pointing out that the emperor has no clothes.

        "look, you have to laugh sometimes" - that's true and, in this case, I was wrong to scold you. In general, that laughter on Daily Kos has been turning into a tribal smugness, "look, the other side of this pie-fight are such idiots, ha ha ha". So even diaries meant for fun turn into part of the problem. But there's no meanness in your diary, lunachickie, nor in its comments, so it was a healthy laugh.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 08:31:43 AM PDT

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  •  I was behind him in a car... (3+ / 0-)
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    lunachickie, Brecht, DRo

    and GG flicked a booger....INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC!.
    Yeah that's right, GG is a dangerous booger flicker.

    If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. Albert Einstein

    by kharma on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 05:34:24 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for writing about Twitter/Greenwald (3+ / 0-)
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    lunachickie, Brecht, DRo

    I read Greenwald's essay yesterday about the new smears that you report.  He knew they were coming because the reporter emailed him a day before the story was to run, for comment.  Here's a few key points from Greenwald:

    When I made the choice to report aggressively on top-secret NSA programs, I knew that I would inevitably be the target of all sorts of personal attacks and smears. You don't challenge the most powerful state on earth and expect to do so without being attacked. As a superb Guardian editorial noted today: "Those who leak official information will often be denounced, prosecuted or smeared. The more serious the leak, the fiercer the pursuit and the greater the punishment."

    [...]

    Upon calling him [reporter, in response to email], I learned that he had somehow discovered two events from my past. The first was my 2002-04 participation in a multi-member LLC that had an interest in numerous businesses, including the distribution of adult videos. I was bought out of that company by my partners roughly nine years ago.

    The lawsuit he referenced was one where the LLC had sued a video producer in (I believe) 2002 after the producer reneged on a profit-sharing contract. In response, that producer fabricated abusive and ugly emails he claimed were from me – they were not – in order to support his allegation that I had bullied him into entering into that contract and he should therefore be relieved from adhering to it. Once our company threatened to retain a forensic expert to prove that the emails were forgeries, the producer quickly settled the case by paying some substantial portion of what was owed, and granting the LLC the rights to use whatever it had obtained when consulting with him to start its own competing business.

    This reporter, and a NYT reporter, have since contacted Greenwald for comment on and IRS back-taxes issue and an old school loan issue.  Both these issues are long-settled and are being taken care of under payment plans.

    lunchahickie, I appreciate your diary here.  I don't do Twittter and would not have known about the heartening and hilarious response by Tweeters to this next-generation of smears.

    And yes, we do need a laugh now and then.  Thanks for providing this one.

    •  You're welcome, and thanks (2+ / 0-)
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      CroneWit, Brecht

      I was punchy last n...er, early this morning (still up cuz mr. luna was working real late). I was sitting here, just screaming with laughter at some of these. They are awesome, and many are from other journos.  It was wonderful to see, and the sheer wit-and subsequent laughter--was just such a relief after these last couple weeks, I had to share.

       I know there are a lot of others behind GG and Snowden and what's going on here, despite all the attempts to smear the hell out of them. Makes this especially sweet, particularly here. I appreciate your kind words :)
       

      •  You're welcome! And that BuzzFeed article (2+ / 0-)
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        linked in another comment is really good!  I've just read it, and it's a nice bio, relative to Greenwald's background as it applies to today's issue.

        As an attorney, Greenwald was apparently a hell-hound of a litigator.  When he first met Snowden, he spent hours questioning him as aggressively as though he were taking a deposition.  And GG began dealing with NSA issues within weeks of starting his blog:

        One day in October 2005, “sort of spontaneously,” Greenwald started a blog. A few weeks later, news broke that President Bush had authorized the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans following Sept. 11. Greenwald learned everything he possibly could about the case and then wrote about it. By the end of that year, Slate was citing Greenwald’s blog. He became a columnist for Salon in 2007, then was hired by the Guardian in 2012.
        And GG's NSA reporting will continue --
        The NSA series is still going after beginning in early June. When they met, Snowden supplied Greenwald with a “volume of documents so great that I haven’t actually gone through them all.” Snowden was meticulous — Greenwald described the files as beautifully organized, “almost to a scary degree.” Stories based on the leaked documents will continue for another few months, Greenwald said, but not, he hopes, beyond that.
        (He hopes for this because he gets bored easily and staying with it for a long time would probably drive him crazy.)

        The truth is coming, and it can't be stopped.

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