Politico Asks What Glenn Greenwald Has Done for Us Lately
Remember when then-Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald obtained access to the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history and revealed a metastasizing government surveillance apparatus that led to a presidential review calling for the curtailing of surveillance practices and a federal court ruling that a main component of the NSA’s data collection is unconstitutional and “almost Orwellian,” and that also earned with a Pulitzer for Greenwald and the Guardian, along with Barton Gellman and the Washington Post?
That was, like, months ago:
For about a year, the global enterprise you might call Glenn Greenwald, Inc. has been taking off like a red-hot app. The question now is whether the sudden rise of Greenwald—a 47-year-old lawyer-cum-activist from Queens by way of George Washington University—will soon follow the course of most Information Age startups: Boom. Bust. Bye.
…Will there be many more Snowdens to come, based on Greenwald’s “model”? Perhaps. But it’s more likely that Greenwald Inc. has already peaked.
That’s Michael Hirsch, writing for “The Politico 50,” warning that Greenwald might not make next year’s list. For proof Hirsch quotes Michael Hayden on “Snowden fatigue.” Hayden is the former director of the NSA.
This seems to be pushing the old journo-truism, that you’re only as good as your last piece, a bit far. It is, however, a perfect evocation of Politico’s version of that truism. After all, when was the last time Greenwald Won the Morning?
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