Here’s the thing about the Edward Snowden/NSA/PRISM story: There is a story there, and it’s an important one. Although we don’t know the precise details yet, the story clearly involves a government that’s spying on its own citizens, and none of us should be too comfortable with that. Unfortunately, though, as the facts come out, it appears more and more that it’s not the story Snowden and his primary cheerleader, Glenn Greenwald, want to tell. They’ve gotten a lot of the details wrong, and they’ve provided scant evidence of Snowden’s most outrageous accusations. Consequently, what should be an important story about what our government is doing to us, without our consent, has become a story about personalities – Greenwald’s, Snowden’s, and Pres. Obama’s – rather than the impetus to a much needed conversation.
Chez Pazienza has an excellent piece at The Daily Banter about the extent to which the whole discussion has been sidetracked by hero-worship, specifically targeting Greenwald’s slipshod reporting and those on the left who won’t brook any criticism of Greenwald or Snowden:
For many on the left, Snowden’s tale was unequivocally true and undoubtedly the stuff of paranoid nightmares long before it was even reported. Greenwald’s stories and Snowden’s nebulous accusations and behavior only confirmed that which the left already knew and had been railing about for years without direct proof of their suspicions. Any attempt to refute either, in the eyes of many far-left liberals, now amounts to little more than pro-surveillance state fealty to authority, regardless of how backed up by facts it happens to be.