Despite the fact that Glenn Greenwald is gay, doesn’t live in America, is a grifter, was once associated with Jane Hamsher, and generally is now public enemy number one around some of the blogosphere and with some of the more overly protective Obama voters here, actual journalists apparently recognize actual journalism:
Four journalists who revealed the National Security Agency’s vast electronic data mining operation were among the winners of the George Polk Awards in Journalism for 2013, announced on Sunday by Long Island University, which administers the prizes.
In all, 30 reporters representing 15 news organizations were recognized in 13 categories. Reporters from The New York Times won three of the awards, as did reporters from The Washington Post.
“In the tradition of George Polk, many of the journalists we have recognized did more than report news,” said John Darnton, the curator of the Polk Awards, referring to the CBS News correspondent who was killed while covering the civil war in Greece in 1948. “They heightened public awareness with perceptive detection and dogged pursuit of stories that otherwise would not have seen the light of day.”
The four winners who disclosed the N.S.A. surveillance were Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post. Their articles, which won the Polk Award for national security reporting, were based on documents leaked by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden.
The question for the usual suspects is whether these awards were given because LIU hates America and Obama as much as Greenwald, or if they are just stupid and really don’t understand the law, or if they just don’t understand these issues enough to talk about them as vocally as a bunch of second rate bloggers who really only give a shit about hippy punching, website hits, and their own little cult of “Defend the Democratic President at All Cost.”
Never thought I would see the same sort of reflexive and intransigent pigheadedness and self-delusion on this side of the aisle, but we live and learn. In fairness, I did expect some of this, as front pager Tim F. and I were emailing back and forth as early as 2006 and 2007 that it was going to be funny watching Democrats turn on Greenwald if a Democrat becomes President. That doesn’t mean Tim and I agree with everything that Glenn has written (except to the morons, where it will mean precisely that because I didn’t spend every breath flaming Greenwald in this post), but we predicted that the biggest assholes when it came to the kind of journalism he was doing during the Bush years would be… Democrats. Again, just ask Tim F. He’ll tell you.
Also, too, in before the first “THE POLK AWARDS DON’T MEAN SHIT.”