After Saberi

Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald finds journalistic hypocrisy in the backpatting going on following the release of journalist Roxana Saberi.

He suggests perhaps the media should be interested now in the plight of journalists being held without charges by the U.S. and/or allies,


Many people scoff at the notion that the American media propagandizes the American citizenry, but here one sees the vivid essence of that process. Our establishment media loves to point to and loudly condemn the behavior of other governments as proof of how tyrannical and evil they are — look at those Iranian mullah-fanatics imprisoning journalists/look at those primitive, corrupt, lawless Iraqis and their “culture of impunity”/look at the UAE and their tolerance of torture — while completely ignoring, when they aren’t justifying, identical behavior by our own government.

  • HBK

    Let’s see here…so by posting a quote from another person on a a different website, this is your sneaky way of promoting something but still making it seem like you’re being objective? That being said, the article doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I don’t see our government “doing the same thing” to journalists from different countries, and if the whole point of this post was to compare water boarding and interrogation to what other countries in the Middle East do, then it is not a very accurate comparison. The people who have died and been tortured under countries like Iraq would have given anything to trade places with the people being interrogated by our government. Not to mention the purpose behind the interrogation was for good, to protect thousands of people! “Identical” behavior? PLEASE. Beheading of a journalist, anyone? And not just that…simply put, Saddam Hussein. Al Qaeda. “…point to and loudly condemn the behavior of other governments as proof of how tyrannical and evil they are…” ?? How does that make any sense? People don’t need to “point to and loudly condemn” as their “proof” of evil and tyrannical governments…they just are that way.

  • Bob Collins

    I’ve written about “objectivity” before. it’s not something that exists, nor something anyone should strive for. Fairness is a different story.

    But that’s not really an argument in play here. you have to understand what a blog is; it’s a Web log, narratives of links of people who have viewpoints, including htose you may not want to read, while giving you the opportunity to respond.

    Sometimes those words are some that you’re going to disagree with. Sometimes they’re words *I* disagree with. But if you’re looking for a place to go on the Web where your views will be reflected back at you, where you won’t be challenged to think about someone else’s view, and where you’re interested in talk-show rhetoric instead of thoughtful dialogue, trust me, you do not want to be reading News Cut. We’re old school, that way. and you can find that nonsense just about anywhere else.

    You also miss a basic tenet of the United States, especially with regards to journalists who are held. Waterboarding isn’t the issue; torture isn’t the issue (as far as I know journalists held have been subjected to neither.)

    No, the basic tenet is to be CHARGED with something.

    So let’s think about this: If you suspect someone of this behavior that you cite above, what would be the difficulty of bringing forth a charge and the evidence?

    And how would those cases differ from Ms. Saberi’s other than the fact she was charged with something?

    And what about the journalist in Afghanistan who had been sentenced to death because he wrote about the treatment of Afghani women?