Archive for June 24th, 2013

Commentary decided to watch “Meet the Press” yesterday because they were going to interview Glenn Greenwald from the Guardian, the fella that broke the Edward Snowden and NSA surveillance story.  I knew Greenwald wouldn’t be armed with the daily talking points.

Snowden acting out “Catch Me If You Can” and on his way to Moscow from Hong Kong was the subject of the interview.  “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked what I thought was a completely dumbarse question:

"To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?"

Where did that come from?  How has Greenwald aided and abetted?  Where did Gregory get those set of facts?  When did the feds indict Greenwald?  Here is how Greenwald responded:

“I think it’s pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies. The assumptions in your question, David, is completely without evidence, the idea I’ve aided and abetted him in any way. The scandal that arose in Washington before our stories began was about the fact that the Obama administration is trying to criminalize investigative journalism by going through the e-mails and records of AP reporters, accusing a Fox News journalist of the theory you just embraced, being co-conspirator in felonies for working with sources.”

“If you want to embrace that theory, it means that every investigative journalist in the United States who works with their sources, who receives classified information, is a criminal. It’s precisely those theories and precisely that climate that has become so menacing in the United States. It’s why the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer said investigative reporting has come to a standstill, as a result of the questions you just mentioned.”

Touche if you ask me.  I don’t know what was in David Gregory’s head but he wasn’t dealing with some schmuck from off the street.  This Greenwald fella isn’t a pushover.  Heck, you don’t think he’s carefully thought out the implications involved in authoring a piece that says the U.S. government is listening to our phone calls. 

He came back hard on Gregory and did a first rate filet job on him and to some, David Gregory in an instant became a joke.  Realizing he had just gotten punked on national TV on a Sunday morning, Gregory said:

“The question of who’s a journalist may be up for debate, in regards to what you’re doing.  Anybody who’s watching this understands that I was asking a question. That question has been raised by lawmakers, as well. I’m not embracing anything. But obviously I take your point.”

A few minutes after his “Meet the Press” interview, Greenwald tweeted this:

Who needs the government to try to criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it

To Gregory’s credit, he did air the tweet and then kind of tried to defend his dumbarse question. 

A number of news outlets immediately pounced on this and reported on the punk job Gregory received.

It will be interesting to see if Gregory’s D.C. colleagues come to his defense.  They shouldn’t.  I wonder what St. Thomas, err Tom Brokaw will say about this? 

Carlos Beltran and San Luis visit The Yard tomorrow.  How many different seasons has Beltran been to the post season?

Yesterday the Chron E-Board put a mild spanking on members of the H-Town City Council for supporting property tax relief for seniors.  Here is part:

At the top of the list was a tax cut for senior citizens, raising the property tax exemption for home- owners 65 and older from $70,862 to $80,000. It is hard to say no to tax cuts, particularly ones that are progressively structured and target a demographic that both lives on a fixed income and turns out to vote. With a projected $81 million deficit for the next budget cycle, now is not the time to reduce city revenue. The help for seniors will be minimal, saving only about $40 per person per year, while slicing $3.9 million from the city budget. Those millions could go toward the $400 million in immediate facility repair requirements, not to mention a much-needed new police campus. An election is coming up in November, however, and no one wants to be the candidate who voted against senior citizens.

Here is the entire E-Board take.

How does the line go?  One less cook in the kitchen!   I’m talking about Paula Deen and her using the N-Bomb.  Now the Food Network has tossed her arse off the air. 

Have you noticed the Chron E-Board getting a bit feisty these days?

Commentary dropped by MariGirl’s BD get together Saturday around noon at the St. Arnold Brewery thinking a few of us were going to show up and take the tour.  It turns out huge crowds show up with their munchies and spread out over the entire hall.  It is like an indoor picnic with folks bringing folding chairs, board games, playing cards, cheeses, and all sorts of goodies. 

A while back Commentary used to know the old Barry Smitherman before he became a Guv Dude appointee.  Now he’s the Chair of the Railroad Commission thinking about running for AG and here is his platform:

"In particular, I am focused and interested in continuing to prosecute the federal government, in particular the [Environmental Protection Agency]."

Oh, well!

Carlos Beltran was with the ‘Stros in 2004 when we lost out to San Luis in the NLCS, was with the Mets when they lost out to San Luis in the 2006 NLCS, and was with San Luis when they lost out last year to the Giants in the NLCS.

The ‘Stros looked sloppy this past weekend at Wrigley and they have best team in baseball coming in for two tomorrow.  I’m thinking some good crowds will show up for the two-game San Luis series.


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