Amy Goodman & Glenn Greenwald on the State of the Media

April 17th, 2009 by Andy in Deconstructing The Media, Video

Bill Moyers talks with alternative media heavyweights Glenn Greenwald and Amy Goodman about what can and can’t be addressed in big corporate media.

This is an excellent, concise discourse on many aspects of our co-opted media system, seeing way beyond the distraction of ‘left vs. right’. They touch on many topics, including the role of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert, as well as the image of people like Tim Russert as somehow being the cutting edge of journalists holding power accountable. Glenn Greenwald here…

That Tim Russert was constantly held up as the symbol of what an adversarial journalist would be. That he was supposedly this great thorn in the side of power. And yet, his celebrity was so great that when he died it was almost treated as though it was a death of Princess Diana, and everyone rushed forward in order to from the highest political elites to media stars to treat him as what he, in fact, was. Which was a celebrity. And if you look at what Tim Russert actually did there were a couple of actually interesting episodes where not his image, but the reality of what he did was unmasked, during the Lewis Libby trial, in particular. The trial of Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff for obstruction of justice. That involved a lot of journalists, because they were participants in the effort to unmask Valerie Plame Wilson and to smear Joe Wilson. And what he said during that trial, under oath, was they asked him, well, when you have a conversation with one of your sources, with the government official, when is it that you decide that it’s confidential. And when is it that you can report it? And what he said was, well, actually, when I have a conversation with the government official, I consider that conversation presumptively confidential. And I will disclose it only if they authorize me to do so. And it was it was an extraordinary revelation, because if you talk to government officials, and you only disclose to the public things that you know, when they allow you or give you permission to do so, what you’re really describing is the role of a propagandist, not of a journalist. And yet, that was what you know, Tim Russert in many ways was. That’s what his celebrity was based in.

That’s just a small slice from this inspiringly spot on discourse of some of the real truth tellers in today’s American media system.

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  1. on April 17th, 2009 at 7:36 am

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  2. on June 15th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I think the power of Tim Russert as a journalist, and investigative reporter was due to thee fact that he had keen perceptions about what was good information to report and what information could lead to a more important story. Sometimes the way to get information is for people to think that you know something already. Good reporting requires development and getting information and verification from multiple sources, and cross checking. It is not about the ‘gotcha’ moment - that is why Tim Russert was well loved - he tried to be fair, honest, tough and get to the truth of a matter.

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