Snowden case: Media opinion vs. public opinion

  • Article by: Edward Wasserman
  • Updated: July 23, 2013 - 8:59 PM

He exposed official lies and Big Brotherism. What’s not to like?

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pumiceJul. 23, 13 9:42 PM

Lots to think about in this commentary.... In my opinion, this is not the only instance in which, as Atlantic editor Garance Franke-Ruta observed, “the Beltway Bubble is out of step with America.” Moreover, as Edward Wasserman concluded, "[If journalists don't stand] for official accountability and personal freedom from needless intrusion, [then what do they stand for]?" We, the voters, cannot make an informed decision without good information, and it is the obligation of the Press to provide good information.

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jarlmnJul. 23, 1310:12 PM

By now I shouldn't be ... but I'm continually astonished at the level of hypocrisy on the part of the Left. From the same folks that grew-up idolizing Daniel Ellsberg for publishing The Pentagon Papers, we find a huge hew and cry for Snowden's head ... for doing essentially the same thing.

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hawkeye56379Jul. 23, 1310:23 PM

The article refers to the surveillance as being "legally borderline" which is somewhat like saying a woman is "a little bit pregnant". Unless the FISA court was wrong, this program is legal, which is why Snowden can't be considered as being a whistleblower. I don't believe that he is a traitor, though, because the Constitution limits that term to waging war or giving aid and comfort to our enemies. He broke the law by disclosing classified information, but that's all.

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luzhishenJul. 23, 1311:01 PM

The pundits the media owners hired wanted war, for whatever reasons, and want the wars to continue. Snowden is anti-war and thus anathema to them.

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goldengoph3rJul. 24, 1312:16 AM

We're at the cusp of a massive surveillance age. We'll not only be monitored electronically, but physically, by aerial drones armed with all manner of sensory devices. In fact, both are already happening. My open question is, how is our trajectory any different than former East Germany. Cold War Russia. Present day Iran. And do Americans care. My personal feeling is an emphatic "no."

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potter101Jul. 24, 1312:22 AM

He's not just a whistle blower, he's a American hero of the highest ranking.

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bigbadbeanJul. 24, 13 6:24 AM

The most amazing thing is that liberals denounced Bush for listening in to overseas calls coming into the USA, but excuse Obama for spying on us. This proves that liberals are all about partisan politics and nothing else. And yes, this program originated under Bush, but was expanded under Obama and according to the authors of the bill it was never intended for domestic spying.

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hobie2Jul. 24, 13 7:05 AM

.."but I'm continually astonished at the level of hypocrisy on the part of the Left. From the same folks that grew-up idolizing Daniel Ellsberg for publishing The Pentagon Papers, we find a huge hew and cry for Snowden's head"... That would be from the right - NOT the left. Left has always been for self determination, government out of personal life, and individual responsibility - the right has always been for personal safety by government power, government in the bedroom, and government spending defense dollars preventing the boogeyman threat of the moment.

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luzhishenJul. 24, 13 7:11 AM

"...but excuse Obama for spying on us." No, we don't. Pure partisan baloney. You will note that it is always a coalition of Sanders-type liberals and Ron Paul conservatives who oppose this stuff.

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firefight41Jul. 24, 13 7:16 AM

Unless the FISA court was wrong, this program is legal. **************** I believe the FISA court was wrong.

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