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Greenwald Has “Peaked” Because a Politico Editor Says So

Michael Hirsh gives us an ironically journalism-free critique of Greenwald’s brand of journalism

In a new Politico Magazine article Michael Hirsh makes the big claim that Glenn Greenwald’s stock is dropping fast, but without any actual proof. He starts his piece by with the bold line:

For about a year, the global enterprise you might call Glenn Greenwald, Inc. has been taking off like a red-hot app. The question now is whether the sudden rise of Greenwald—a 47-year-old lawyer-cum-activist from Queens by way of George Washington University—will soon follow the course of most Information Age startups: Boom. Bust. Bye

After this I continued reading this column because I falsely assumed it would be filled with actual information. I was expecting Hirsh to at least point to some data to back up his big claim. It could have been First Look Media traffic data, Google searches trends for his name, an analysis of his twitter reach, how many media appearances Greenwald is now making, a look at his book’s sales compared to similar authors, or possibly interviews with employees who have access to internal metrics. I expected at least something tangible to back up his argument; because if his thesis is true, there should be ample indicators in this digital age.

Instead, I ended up reading a fact-free rant about how Hirsh is personally tired of reading stories from Greenwald so he assumes everyone else is. The only “proof” that Greenwald has gone bust seems to be a quote from former NSA director Michael Hayden, hardly an impartial source, and a reference to the fact no one has yet been prosecuted for what he revealed.

The lack of facts, though, did give Hirsh plenty of room to indirectly imply Greenwald is destroying America by telling the public the truth about their government.

Asked whether it bothered him that he had helped to damage America’s brand — considering that the successor to claimant of sole superpower someday could be China or some even less freedom-loving country than the United States—Greenwald suggested that he has a higher calling than mere patriotism. “I look at the work I do and the effect it has on world, not as an American citizen,” he said.

Here I foolishly thought the “America’s brand” was supposed to be truth, justice, liberty, freedom of the press, and open democratic debate. Values Greenwald is trying to foster.

It was an ironically journalism-free critique of Greenwald’s brand of journalism.

ADDED: See? Greenwald is so over

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Greenwald Has “Peaked” Because a Politico Editor Says So

Michael Hirsh gives us an ironically journalism-free critique of Greenwald’s brand of journalism

In a new Politico Magazine article Michael Hirsh makes the bold claim that Glenn Greenwald’s stock is dropping fast, but without any actual proof. He starts his piece by with the bold line:

For about a year, the global enterprise you might call Glenn Greenwald, Inc. has been taking off like a red-hot app. The question now is whether the sudden rise of Greenwald—a 47-year-old lawyer-cum-activist from Queens by way of George Washington University—will soon follow the course of most Information Age startups: Boom. Bust. Bye

After this I continued reading this column because I falsely assumed it would be filled with actual information. I was expecting Hirsh to at least point to some data to back up his big claim. It could have been First Look Media traffic data, Google searches trends for his name, an analysis of his twitter reach, how many media appearances Greenwald is now making, a look at his book’s sales compared to similar authors, or possibly interviews with employees who have access to internal metrics. I expected at least something tangible to back up his argument; because if his thesis is true, there should be ample indicators in this digital age.

Instead, I ended up reading a fact-free rant about how Hirsh is personally tired of reading stories from Greenwald so he assumes everyone else is. The only “proof” that Greenwald has gone bust seems to be a quote from former NSA director Michael Hayden, hardly an impartial source, and a reference to the fact no one has yet been prosecuted for what he revealed.

The lack of facts, though, did give Hirsh plenty of room to indirectly imply Greenwald is destroying America by telling the public the truth about their government.

Asked whether it bothered him that he had helped to damage America’s brand — considering that the successor to claimant of sole superpower someday could be China or some even less freedom-loving country than the United States—Greenwald suggested that he has a higher calling than mere patriotism. “I look at the work I do and the effect it has on world, not as an American citizen,” he said.

Here I foolishly thought the “America’s brand” was supposed to be truth, justice, liberty, freedom of the press, and open democratic debate. Values Greenwald is trying to foster.

It was an ironically journalism-free critique of Greenwald’s brand of journalism.

ADDED: See? Greenwald is so over

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