Posted by Bob Lord
Patrick Smith at Salon as perhaps the best piece I've read on the Edward Snowden / NSA saga: Middling Logic, Middling Newspaper: New York Times Bows to Government, Again, on NSA. Smith's focus is on how in the tank the Times is, but his piece provokes other thoughts.
First, he makes this point:
Ever since Edward Snowden made his daring leap into the kingdom of his own conscience last spring, I have tried and tried but can’t find a single American–even among Snowden’s most uncomprehending critics–who can mention one thing he has told us that we wish we did not know.
Yet we've acquiesced in the Government treating Snowden as a fugitive all these months and allowed insane, corrupt politicians like Dianne Feinstein label him treasonous, while justifying the NSA spying on citizens program because "people might become terrorists in the future." Her only problem with the program is that she herself was kept out of the loop. Words could not describe the level of arrogance there.
The intended (and brilliant) takeaway from Smith's piece as to the complicity of the Times (and the rest of the mainstream media):