Skip to main content

Joy Reid, the managing editor of The Grio and a frequent MSNBC contributor, filled in for host Martin Bashir on Monday.  During one of the segments, Reid and guests Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post and Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post discussed the recent detention of Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, by British authorities at Heathrow Airport.  I was surprised when Reid seemed to defend the detention due to Miranda's connection to Greenwald.

Here's the segment.  Reid first questioned Greenwald being referred to as a "traditional" journalist (whatever that means).  Ryan Grim pretty much defended Greenwald and, in the process, called out David Gregory for suggesting that Greenwald should be in prison.  At this point, Reid turned to Jonathan Capehart and said:

Are you at all troubled by the situation here on either side?  I mean on the one hand, you had David Miranda who was detained, but he wasn't just on vacation in Britain...he was actually meeting with Laura Poitras, who was one of the other journalists, the Guardian writer, who participated in exposing the Snowden secrets.  So he was there acting in sort of a journalistic capacity himself.
Can someone please explain to me why it matters that Miranda "wasn't just on vacation" or that "he was there acting in sort of a journalistic capacity."  Does Reid think that somehow justifies what the British authorities did and that we really shouldn't be "troubled" by it?  It is disturbing, to say the least, to see someone on MSNBC so casually assert that if you are "acting in sort of a journalistic capacity" on stories that expose government abuses of power and embarrass government officials, then detaining those journalists, or their partners, under the alleged authority of "anti-terrorism" laws is something that should just be expected.

I know that Reid and Greenwald have had issues with each other in the past.  It is obvious that neither is much of a fan of the other.  Unfortunately, it seems that Reid cannot isolate her personal animus toward Greenwald and, as a result, she seems to endorse the idea of detaining journalists who threaten those in power.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site