Michael Kinsley vs Glenn Greenwald

”Kinsley, suffice it to say, is not impressed by Greenwald’s self-image as the last honest man, nor by his attacks on the tameness of the mainstream media, nor by his justification for publishing classified government documents. The core of Kinsley’s argument is that individual journalists like Greenwald cannot be allowed to have the final say on exposing government secrets: ‘Someone gets to decide, and that someone cannot be Glenn Greenwald,’ he writes. No sooner had the review gone online than Greenwald wrote his rebuttal, accusing Kinsley of demonstrating the very willingness to fall into line with government secrecy that he criticizes in his book. ‘Do I need to continue to participate in the debate over whether many U.S. journalists are pitifully obeisant to the U.S. government?’ Greenwald asks contemptuously.”

Citerat ur ”The Winner in the Kinsley-Greenwald Spat: The New York Times Book Review” av Adam Kirsch i New Republic, 29 maj 2014. Mer om recensionen som tvisten gäller: ”Kinsley, Greenwald and Government Secrets”.

På svenska heter Greenwalds bok Storebror ser dig – Edward Snowden och den globala övervakningsstaten. Det kan vara värt att notera att Greenwald i boken är mycket kritisk till amerikansk mainstream-media, inte minst New York Times, som han menar har varit sällsynt fogliga gentemot staten.

Ola Wihlke

 

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