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June 24, 2013

David Gregory to Glen Greenwald: Hey, Shouldn't You Be Arrested for Aiding and Abetting Snowden?

This is the same theory under which James Rosen was branded a co-conspirator in espionage.

David Gregory, who by the way was allowed to skate on a contraband-clip charge because he has Moar Rights than little people, thinks that Greenwald (and Rosen, of course) also have less rights in this regard.

I don't have to support Greenwald (or Snowden) to find David Gregory to be a very energetic member of Obama's Palace Guard.

Eric Wemple discusses this at the Post.

First, here is Greenwald's complaint about David Gregory's Witness for the Prosecution act:

Who needs the government to try to criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it?

Gregory read that tweet even while he was still on the air (the interview with Greenwald was over) and then responded:

[T]his is the problem from somebody who claims that he’s a journalist, who would object to a journalist raising questions, which is not actually embracing any particular point of view. And that’s part of the tactics of the debate here when, in fact, lawmakers have questioned him. There’s a question about his role in this, The Guardian’s role in all of this. It is actually part of the debate, rather than going after the questioner, he could take on the issues. And he had an opportunity to do that here on Meet the Press.

Wemple notes that David Gregory is, as ever, disingenuous. For he had not merely asked a neutral question about what the State might do.

Rather, he seeded his question with a veiled accusation of federal criminal wrongdoing, very much in the tradition of “how long have you been beating your wife.” To repeat the question: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”

Bolded text added to highlight a clause loaded with assumption, accusation, baselessness and recklessness. A simple substitution exercise reveals the tautological idiocy of the query: “To the extent that you have murdered your neighbor, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”

@rdbrewer4 earlier noted that Gallup may explain David Gregory's eagerness to punish Obama's accusers -- Obama's disapproval is up to 49%, and his approval is down to 45%.

It's all well and good to have these "debates" but when they begin to hurt Dear Leader's numbers it's time to pull the plug.

One more bit about Snowden -- this isn't going to surprise you, but he's admitted he secured the job at Booz Allen for the purpose of lifting documents to prove the US was engaged in surveillance he didn't approve of.

We've known that for a while, though, even if Snowden is just admitting it now; Neo-Neocon did the math on the timeline and realized that Snowden was speaking to Greenwald about this before he began the job at Booz Allen.

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