I think it’s perfectly valid for journalists to investigate the financial dealings of corporations and billionaires who fund media outlets, whether it be those who fund or own Pando, First Look, MSNBC, Fox News, The Washington Post or any other. And it’s certainly reasonable to have concerns and objections about the funding of organizations that are devoted to regime change in other countries: I certainly have those myself. But the Omidyar Network doesn’t exactly seem ashamed of these donations, and they definitely don’t seem to be hiding them, given that they trumpeted them in their own press releases and web pages.Glenn Greenwald • Responding to allegations made by PandoDaily that Pierre Omidyar, the publisher and main backer of Greenwald’s First Look Media, helped bankroll the Ukrainian revolution we recently saw. As Greenwald notes, uh, Omidyar didn’t exactly hide it and it’s not as bad as Pando is claiming, but more importantly, it shouldn’t really matter anyway, because he still has journalistic independence. Oh yeah, he reminds us, did you know that owners of most of the major media outlets you read have owners or investors with questionable ties?
I’m gratified by my 14-month partnership with the Guardian and am particularly proud of what we achieved together over the last five months. Reporting the NSA story has never been easy, but it’s always been invigorating and fulfilling. It’s exactly why one goes into journalism and, in my view, is what journalism at its crux is about. That doesn’t mean that the journalists and editors who have worked on this story have instantly agreed on every last choice we faced, but it does mean that, on the whole, I leave with high regard for the courage and integrity of the people with whom I’ve worked and pride in the way we’ve reported this story.Glenn Greenwald says goodbye to The Guardian Thursday. Having been there for only 14 months, he heads over to a new endeavor with a pre-launch blog here. I, myself, am very excited to see how this will all end up. Also like how Greenwald ended his column with a call to action, “I hope everyone who believes in basic press freedoms will defend those journalistic outlets when they are under attack – all of them – regardless of how much one likes or does not like them.”
Pretty much every solution we have seen for investigative reporting over the last five years has been about non-profits. The argument has been that private money will not fund investigative reporting, so philanthropy has to step in.The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Andrew Donohue • Discussing the current status of investigative journalism. Donohue’s point is taken into sharp relief by Pierre Omidyar’s decision to fund Glenn Greenwald’s journalism startup for $250 million—a sum that instantly puts the paper in the league of The Washington Post, a product that the eBay founder almost bought himself before Jeff Bezos swooped in. The Guardian, where Greenwald has worked in recent years, has a great profile on Omidyar.
My partnership with The Guardian has been extremely fruitful and fulfilling: I have high regard for the editors and journalists with whom I worked and am incredibly proud of what we achieved. The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.Glenn Greenwald • Explaining why, while still at the zenith of his journalistic career post-Edward Snowden, he’s deciding to leave The Guardian to launch his own new media outlet, reportedly with the substantial backing of a philanthropist. Greenwald indicated that it’ll be a more general venture than his particular field of expertise might suggest: “it’s going to have sports and entertainment and features. I’m working on the whole thing but the political journalism unit is my focus.” source
I don’t want to be unkind, but he was a mule. He was given something, he didn’t know what it was, from one person to pass to another at the other end of an airport. Our prisons are full of drug mules.CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin • Offering up an awesomely fair characterization of Glenn Greenwald’s recently-detained partner, David Miranda, as akin to a drug mule. Yo, Toobs: You get your journalist card taken away, bro,
This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.Glenn Greenwald • In a column discussing the detention of his partner, David Miranda, by British authorities. Greenwald hasn’t talked directly to Miranda since the incident—mainly because the authorities took Miranda’s communication devices—but he says that Miranda is reportedly in good spirits and “defiant” about what’s happened to him.