Glenn Greenwald points out that John Oliver, in his recent interview with Edward Snowden, “renewed all the standard attacks in Democratic circles accusing Snowden of being a traitor in cahoots with the Kremlin. What’s most striking about this — aside from the utter lack of evidence for any of it — is how identical it is to what Nixon officials said to smear the last generation’s greatest whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg”.
The journalist/attorney goes through specific cases of the smears, which, continued by Oliver today against Snowden, are used to help sweep US crimes under the rug so they can go unpunished (as researcher Matt Peppe said this week, documenting more examples from the Times), and to feed a self-conception of superiority coveted by aggressive militarist states.
“The script for smearing”, notes Greenwald, “never changes — it stays constant over five decades and through the establishments of both parties”.
He also gives examples of how NYT writers smeared Martin Luther King, Jr., for his anti-war activism, even, amusingly, lecturing King about how to lead the Civil Rights movement.
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