IF YOU are going to read the White House case against Edward Snowden on air, as Mika Brzezinski did this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, at least begin by saying, “I’m going to read something that rebuts your assertions, Glenn,” or something similar. The screen capture above is worth a thousand words, as was the demeanor of Mika Brzezinski during her exchange with Glenn Greenwald.
She did finally throw some air time to Richard Haas, who seconded the Michael Mukasey talking points, which are below.
Libertarian Republicans and liberal””progressive, if you prefer””Democrats see the specter of George Orwell’s “1984″ in what they claim is pervasive and unlawful government spying. These same groups summoned “1984″ in 2001 after passage of the Patriot Act, in 2008 after renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, and many times in between and since. – Michael Mukasey
Can I have a side of greens with that hyperbole, please?
As Glenn Greenwald clearly stated more than once, it’s the secrecy and lack of oversight of the public, as well as the courts, that is the problem. Once challenged openly in court, which is being blocked by the Obama White House, a judge may decide what’s being done is legal. Right now not only do we not know, with the harm of the stonewalling from the Obama administration making it look like what they’re doing is not only illegal, but Nixonian, but the reaction from supporters of the White House like Mika Brzezinski in the media reveal a decidedly biased media.
I’ve been reporting on this since 2007.
It was a very low moment for MSNBC’s Morning Joe, but especially for Mika Brzezinski who is a professional and should never have been caught doing exactly what Glenn Greenwald said she was. Reading “talking points” that made the Obama administration’s case, even if they didn’t come from the White House, which is hardly the point since they parroted their case.
Huffington Post did a quick transcript of the exchange:
Brzezinski then asked him to put the programs into “perspective.” “Isn’t it the case that reviewing of emails or any wiretapping cannot take place without an additional warrant from a judge and a review?” she asked. “I mean it’s not like there’s haphazard probing into all of our personal emails. Can we put this into context so we understand exactly what is going on?”
“Yeah, I’ll put this into context for you,” Greenwald responded. “The White House talking points that you’re using are completely misleading and false.” Their exchange comes about ten minutes into the segment in the clip above.
Why Mika Brzezinski thought she wouldn’t be called on this is beyond me. She could have offered the Obama administration’s case, which would have been a perfectly professional thing to do, if she’d stated openly and up front that what she was about to read is from those supporting what the Obama administration has done. Instead, she got caught reading talking points that benefited the Obama administration, while trying to act like they didn’t. It was just silly.
Jokers to the left of me, clowns to the right, here we are, stuck making a case for 4th Amendment protections that no judge is allowed to hear, while the cable media produces amateur hours ad nauseam.
“It harms nobody,” [Glenn Greenwald] told MNSBC’s Morning Joe. “The only people harmed are those in power who want to conceal their action and their wrongdoing from the people to whom they are supposed to be accountable.” [MSNBC]