23 votes

Greenwald: "Bob Schieffer, Ron Paul and journalistic objectivity"

Recently (and predictably), Bob Schieffer said some foul stuff about Edward Snowden.

I responded in that thread linking to the following piece, but upon joyful reflection, thought it worthwhile enough to call to the full attention of DP in its own separate thread here.

Thus, for those who haven't had the pleasure of reading the total annihilation of Bob Schieffer -- in defense of Ron Paul, no less -- please help yourself to an unmitigated can of whoop-ass, served up by none other than Master Chef and current Snowden-leaks star Glenn Greenwald, in his delicious entree called "Bob Schieffer, Ron Paul and journalistic objectivity." Excerpt:

CBS News‘s Bob Schieffer is the classic American establishment TV journalist: unfailingly deferential to the politically powerful personalities who parade before him, and religiously devoted to what he considers his own “objectivity,” which ostensibly requires that he never let his personal opinions affect or be revealed by his journalism. Watch how thoroughly and even proudly he dispenses with both of those traits when interviewing Ron Paul last Sunday on Face the Nation regarding Paul’s foreign policy views. In this 7-minute clip, Schieffer repeatedly mocks, scoffs at, and displays his obvious contempt for, two claims of Paul’s which virtually no prominent politician of either party would dare express:

(1) American interference and aggression in the Muslim world fuels anti-American sentiment and was thus part of the motivation for the 9/11 attack; and (2) American hostility and aggression toward Iran (in the form of sanctions and covert attacks) are more likely to exacerbate problems and lead to war than lead to peaceful resolution, which only dialogue with the Iranians can bring about:

Jump here to enjoy the full thrashing: http://www.salon.com/2011/11/24/bob_schieffer_ron_paul_and_j...

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Who is Bob Schieffer? Never

Who is Bob Schieffer? Never heard of him.

oh boy

Most of the people who I've read comments by on salon.com are definitely lacking in logical capacity. I'm willing to go through with it though to see this. Thank you.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

Indeed, ignore the comments!

Indeed, ignore the comments! Come back to DP if you have any of those, as engaging in a debate with the ilk of the Salon crown could plausibly cause irreparable psychological harm...



Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

Well said, Greenwald.


That Greenwald dude!

He's the razor cutting edge of a principled movement traveling at high velocity.
Those East Coast scumbags oughta duck.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Glenn Greenwald and Rand Paul

While he won't likely be a fan of Rand Paul, I wonder if he'll defend him from the liberal and statist smear machine when they attack him on war and civil liberty?

sharkhearted's picture

A tour de force!


Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

That is a withering

article on Schieffer. Figures like Schieffer seem to be totally owned by insiders. The point Greenwald makes about celebrities as corporate figures is also a great one. Bill Maher is an interesting example. He regularly makes such bizarre comments, one wonders how he keeps a show. The day the US-weapons-to-Syria announcement went out, Maher had three aggressive and nuanced apologists for US intervention. The segment is like an intelligence op, with sophisticated, layered positions, as if to to inject a complex suggestion to a mass audience. Is this a price Maher pays for his program, to host key guests at important moments? There is no way Bill Maher scheduled these guests. Funny, because he gets applause for a Ron Paul line.


Maher is a mental gymnastics

Maher is a mental gymnastics gold medalist. Lambasts Bush for years, then goes full neo-con when it's his beloved Obama in charge: http://www.dailypolicyjournal.com/bill-maher-goes-full-neoco...

They really hammer

the point: if you don't agree with intervention, you're an isolationist. And they insert one of the most visceral terrorist video segments I've ever seen. I think this is aggressive military intelligence manipulation of public opinion. 'The barbarians crossed the red line.' 'We have to do something.' 'It's a crisis.' All the while they appear to be arguing against intervention (even using Ron Paul lines). Is this newspeak? Visceral mixed messages?