Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Former lead Obama auto adviser Steven Rattner: ‘Glenn Greenwald is not a journalist’

Madison Ruppert
 End the Lie
Steven Rattner (Image credit: Daphne Borowski/Financial Times photos/Flickr)
Steven Rattner (Image credit: Daphne Borowski/Financial Times photos/Flickr)

In statements made on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, former lead auto advisor to Obama, Steven Rattner, said that the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald “is not a journalist.”

Instead, claims Rattner, Greenwald, who broke the PRISM story along with several other major stories on government surveillance programs, is actually “an activist portraying himself as a journalist.”

Greenwald has been attacked many times in the media and elsewhere over his reporting on the information leaked by Edward Snowden, and there is a possibility that he might testify before the European Parliament on the issue.

The members of the panel on Monday’s Morning Joe were discussing how one might hide from the National Security Agency (NSA). Mika Brzezinski, the host of the show, stated that the story surrounding the NSA surveillance is not black-and-white, though she claims Greenwald believes it is.

“That’s exactly the point,” Rattner said. “First of all, Glenn Greenwald is not a journalist, he’s an activist portraying himself as a journalist.”

“That’s maybe another conversation than what we’re having,” he continued. “But you’re right, it’s not a black-and-white story.”

Philip Bump, writing for the Atlantic Wire, argues that, “The argument is ridiculous, of course. Even conservative Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina tacitly acknowledges Greenwald is a journalist, if the media shield law he introduced with New York’s Chuck Schumer is any indicator.”