‘by their friends shall ye know them’

It’s interesting to see who’s signing up to the Cult of Glenn Greenwald these days.

Check out the Glennanaut who posted this response to his idol’s latest post on Slate today:

He’s a big fan of GG:

You gotta love the Teabagger language.

And the classic Teabagger conspiracy theory about the President being a “puppet” of dark forces.

And the obligatory mention of the President’s skin color.

As for the asinine and contemptuous ‘assassinated’ comment ….  straight off a right-wing hate site, but there it remains, undeleted, on Greenwald’s little corner of Slate.

It was inevitable, of course, that Greenwald would end up attracting these creatures, much like cow shit attracts flies.

Keep spewing frenzied bile all over the President and all those who wish him well and you’re guaranteed to become the darling of that particular mob. And Greenwald’s personal hatred – real hatred – for the President long pre-dates his obsession with Wikileaks.

But you have to love the irony of it all. Greenwald despises those who support this President, almost as much as he detests the countless media folk he has fought with (like Paul Krugman) who dare to challenge his diatribes – he simply cannot cope with anyone questioning him.

He spits all the usual yawn-inducing Teabagger lingo over the President’s supporters, even likening support of the President to Nazi propaganda.

Ain’t it funny how the Teabaggers use the same language and imagery?

The irony, though, is that this is the guy who slavishly reveres Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, to an excruciatingly, unquestioning, embarrassing degree. When the much more reputable Guardian (UK), a former ally of Assange, expressed doubts about him, Greenwald went in to meltdown. Whatever you do, don’t question his personal cult figure – even when there are rape allegations against him.

And here he is, building a little army of cultist worshipers on Slate who coo at his every word.

Meanwhile, the President, who is actually responsible for the security of American men, women and children, who has access to intelligence reports on threats being made against the country, and who acts accordingly, gets on with his duties. He doesn’t, of course, have the luxury of passing his days hammering out hysterical, venom-filled internet rants that tickle the fancy of Teabaggers.

Whatever you think about the charges against Bradley Manning, the truth is he needs all the friends he can get right now – and there are certainly questions to be asked about the nature of his detention. But with ‘friends’ like Glenn Greenwald and his worshipers, who needs enemies? As Krugman said on another issue, “Greenwald and the people at FDL are actually reducing our ability to call foul on real corruption. After all, if everything is a scandal, nothing is a scandal.”

19 Responses to “‘by their friends shall ye know them’”

  1. 1 Andogriff
    March 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    What sickening garbage! I could hardly bear to read it, had to throw up a little bit in my mouth. But thanks for the excellent rebuttal afterwards, Chips, no one could have said it better. Thanks for all you do!

    • 2 sherijr
      March 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Agree on every count Andogriff- well said and well done Chips… all I got for the mofo is: fffffff!!!###!

  2. 3 meta
    March 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Bradley Manning is a lightening rod for the PL. Although there has been no evidence presented, they know best what has happened. It’s simply another occasion to bash the President.

    Patrick Crowley has potentially compromised the legal case and the ongoing investigation, so he was asked to resign. This is not rocket science.

    • 4 majii
      March 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      PBO told all of his staff members that if they talked, they walked. Crowley talked out of school, he violated the trust PBO had in him, so he had to get out of Dodge. He should have kept his mouth shut. He knew the cost of running his mouth before he did it, so I’m not listening to his whining.

      • 5 Anonymous
        March 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

        Crowley talked out of school, he violated the trust PBO had in him, so he had to get out of Dodge.

        The thing is, this is the second time that Crowley has talked out of school. He wasn’t singing in the same songbook as the President during the Egyptian crisis either.

        Why do we even know his name? Does anyone know the name of the State Department spokesperson from previous administrations? This guy had to go.

        • 6 cat48
          March 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

          Off message during the Honduras Coup, too. Hillary hired him b/c Bill liked him, but the two of them never hit it off for some reason. He hasn’t traveled anywhere with Hillary for at least a year the pundits said Friday after the press conf. There’s more to the story than Manning.

      • 7 Temp
        March 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

        but its not being presented as such in the PL circles. We say its because he talked out of school, they (PL) say its because he told the truth. Its not what he said, its where and to whom he said it. And yesterday I saw that Arianna had an article or something up bashing Obama for firing someone who told the truth. The Nerve! This accusation from a woman who’s own moderators delete comments that they don’t like. OMG! the hypocrisy burns!!!

  3. 8 majii
    March 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    FDL, Greenwald, Americablog, and Progressive Alaska are 4 so-called “progressive” blogs I’ve seen this s*!t on today. None of these blog owners have access to any information about Manning and need to stop speculating. If they think I care what they think, they need to think again. They lost all credibility with me when they ran off the cliff during the HCR debate.

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      March 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      Majii I use to read Phil’s blog at Progressive Alaska, between the Manning incident and the Israel-Palestine conflict I can no longer stomach his extreme contempt for our President. It immediately shuts me down. If we can’t go beyond finger pointing and the blame game how do we ever construct meaningful dialogue around issues that deeply matter to us. Really bothers me, all the energy we expend building walls because of our differences, instead of building bridges that connect us, in this space we all share and call home.

  4. March 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Do they understand what he’s being charged with and why? Or are they so blinded by their Obama hate that… oh forget it.

  5. 12 Tulips
    March 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    push back need to the editor especially about that asassination quote

  6. 13 africa
    March 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    “Especially the first black one……asassination!!” Wow — ugly, ugly.

  7. March 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Hi everyone, I have some not so good feelings about this Manning fellow but I will keep them to myself. But here is an interview by PBS with Mannings father. He said that Manning is doing fine. He is ok. Here is the link.


    People need to realize this guy is in super max security prison. They get 1 hour a day to walk around the yard. The rest of the time he or she is in their cell. They get 3 meals a day and clean clothes. That is prison. They can complain all they want. Nothing about that situation is going to change. As for Crowley, this is not his first mess up. President Obama did not hire or fire him. Hilary Clinton hire and fire at Foggy Bottom. So they can stop blaming him for everything. My goodness the naysayers have me raved up today. LOL

    • 15 Temp
      March 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

      From the comments I’m seeing, the PL and their supporters are slowly erasing Manning’s crimes. Now he’s a whistleblower or some kid who didn’t know what he was doing. Now that the father has spoken the new story will be that he was some poor kid forced to join the army by his militant father. I have to wonder if any of these people were president and this happened under their administration, what would they do with Manning? honorable discharge with no punishment whatsoever? just shrug it off?

  8. 16 dannie22
    March 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Gigi can kiss my entire black ass!

  9. 19 LadyTNT
    March 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

    What Dannie22 said!!!

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