Has Glenn Greenwald become a spokeman for Edward Snowden instead of a journalist just reporting the facts... this is a loaded question, the so called million dollar question.
Things got heated when MSNBC anchor Kristen Welker accused Greenwald of “crossing a line” in his defense of Snowden. “What do you say to your critics who say you’ve become more of a spokesman for Edward Snowden?” she asked.
“I think that’s ludicrous is what I say to that,” Greenwald shot back. “Every journalist has an agenda. We’re on MSNBC now, where close to 24 hours a day the agenda of President Obama and the Democratic Party are promoted, defended, glorified, the agenda of the Republican Party is undermined. That doesn’t mean the people who appear on MSNBC aren’t journalists, they are.”
Greenwald said his journalistic viewpoint is that Edward Snowden is "heroic". Has any journalist on MSNBC claimed or stated the viewpoint on air that President Obama is 'heroic, that statement would carry the 24/7 news cycle and why would Glenn compare the two anyway...maybe he is crossing the line.
He said that every journalist has a “viewpoint” and he doesn’t hide the fact that he finds Snowden’s decision to expose the NSA’s surveillance programs “heroic.”“I think what Edward Snowden did is very admirable and heroic. But at the same time the ultimate test of a journalist is — is what you publish accurate and reliable?”
I think the point is not so much about MSNBC and what happens here,” Welker said in defense of her employer, “but more that sometimes when you talk about Edward Snowden you do defend him, and some people wonder if that crosses a line.”
“Sure, I do defend him just like people on MSNBC defend President Obama and his officials and Democratic Party leaders 24 hours a day.” When Welker pushed back that “not everyone on MSNBC does that 24 hours a day,” Greenwald conceded that it’s “not everybody, but a lot of people do.”
– Glenn Greenwald, this morning on MSNBC