Intercept colleagues Glenn Greenwald and James Risen standoff in a debate over whether Trump should be cast as a traitor. Greenwald, in my opinion, wipes the floor with Risen in the first 5 minutes. Greenwald is one of the very, very few Progressives whom I actually think is an honest and consistent progressive. He seems to me like a modern Randolph Bourne, who himself was a progressive; by no means libertarian, but in any case understood the problems of a Government on the path toward totalitarianism.
In any case, Greenwald expressed deep concern over Risen’s adoption of the media narrative on Trump, especially in sloppily misusing a very serious label like “traitor” for Trump’s alleged relationship with Russia. Using a word like traitor, argues Greenwald helps support the establishment’s untrue narrative that we are somehow at war with Russia– something they long for. But war with Russia is an absurd proposition, and therefore we ought be more careful about how these things are being framed.
Here is the link and here is the Intercept’s description:
JAMES RISEN AND GLENN GREENWALD have both won Pulitzer Prizes. They both have found themselves in the crosshairs of the U.S. government for their journalism. And they both write for The Intercept. But Jim and Glenn have taken very different approaches to covering the Trump/Russia story. In this one-hour special video edition of Intercepted, they go head-to-head in a debate. Glenn is one of the most high-profile critics of the official story bolstered by the U.S. intelligence community, the Democrats, and many media outlets, including some of this country’s most powerful papers and news channels. Jim battled both the Bush and Obama administrations — under threat of imprisonment — for refusing to name his sources in some of the most sensitive national security reporting of the modern era. Jim recently broke a key story on a secret NSA channel to Russia and his first column for The Intercept, about the Trump/Russia investigation, posed the question: Is Donald Trump a traitor?