(January 22, 2014)Sean Wilentz â€“ Court Historian, NSA Shill, and Lickspittle 'Liberal"
EDITOR'S NOTE: The screed by Sean Wilentz on New Republic can be found here http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116253/edward-snowden-glenn-greenwald-julian-assange-what-they-believe
So you thought progressives would rally 'round Edward Snowden's and Glenn Greenwald's crusade to rid us of the NSA incubus that's attached itself to our computers and our daily lives. Well, you were wrong: dead wrong.
With a few notable exceptions, the "progressive" media matrix â€“ the lefty pundits, thinktanks, academics, and activists who make up the Democratic partyâ€™s core intellectual constituency -- have reacted to the Snowden revelations with hysterical denunciations, not of the government but of the leaker: the hate emanating from the MSNBC studios is hot enough to burn if you get too close to your television.
And itâ€™s not just the pundits: Norman Solomon rightly called the response from progressive Democrats in Congress "murky," and thatâ€™s certainly an understatement.