On Corporate Reporters’ ‘Servitude to Political Elites’

Having been traveling, Salon.com‘s Glenn Greenwald (2/4/09, ad-viewing required) found himself “subjected to far more cable news over the last 24 hours than I typically endure in an entire month.” Some results from Greenwald’s impromptu casual survey:

The consensus regarding Tom Daschle seems to be that his withdrawal was necessitated due to (a) Obama’s incessant nattering about ethical reform during the election; (b) the poor political imagery from having someone fail to pay his taxes on his chauffered car in a time of such economic turmoil; and (c) the unlucky confluence of similar scandals surrounding Obama nominees with tax problems.

The notion that Daschle would make a poor HHS secretary because he has so hungrily fed on the legalized sleaze and corruption that drives Washington literally doesn’t seem to occur to them (with some exceptions). As usual, the last idea that ever occurs to media stars is that there is anything remotely wrong with the establishment of which they are such integral parts (and which they still claim with a straight face to scrutinize). This Friday night at 9:00 p.m., I’ll be on Bill Moyers’ Journal, along with NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen, talking about how our political press functions and its relationship with (i.e., servitude to) political elites.

Listen to more in-depth analysis on the FAIR radio show CounterSpin: “Glenn Greenwald and Arianna Huffington on Right-Wing Myths” (7/4/08)