It seems all the mainstream media gives two shits about these days it toeing the corporate line and here it's the two-fold purpose of boosting ratings (aka profits) and protecting the brothers-in-arms over at Verizon, Facebook, etc. They'd rather have you gripping the edge of the seat wondering "On the next episode, what will happen to our daring traitor/hero Ed Snowden!?" "Will he make it safely to sanctuary in Ecuador or will his archnemesis the Obamanator thwart his plans once again?" "tune in
tomorrow next week to find out!!" Whether you think what Snowden is a hero or traitor, and there's plenty of reason to think both opinions proliferate at DailyKos, we should at least be able to agree on one thing:
It is utterly fucking pathetic and disturbing how our mainstream Media will do anything they can to shift the story off of a massive, potentially illegal, secret government program and instead dramatize the person who exposed it.
I'm not going to say one way or the other what I think of Snowden. What he did is already done and he'll sink or swim for it without me weighing in my two cents. But it is despicable that our pathetic excuse for mainstream media, the cable networks, major newspapers, even the Huffington
Tabloid Post have been following with bated breath his flight from Hong Kong, his asylum attempts, etc, but have only written a few articles or devoted a few segments at most to the massive program of domestic, warrantless spying conducted by National Security Administration which, if not concretely illegal, at the very least raises significant concern by a huge swath of the American public.
No instead they don't ask those questions and inform Americans that yes, the NSA and the Orwellian named PATRIOT Act have this disturbing outcomes. No they like to plaster Snowden's face all over their covers and talk about asylum rules and Julian Assange.
Not the fact that our government lied to us, spied on us, and for what? We don't even know nor can we know if the average American is being intentionally blinded to the truth by the supposed 4th estate. Instead the media has been all too complicit in shifting blame away from the government and the NSA and onto the individual responsible for bringing the information to light. Sure, there's a debate to be had over whether Snowden is a hero or traitor, but that's not the damn point! History shouldn't remember Ed Snowden more than it does what he actually exposed. Whatever your thoughts on the man himself and the actions he took, the genie can't be put back into the bottle just because you think him guilty of a crime against the United States. The debate we're having and this is one I see raging over DailyKos is the wrong one.
What we should be debating is the government's program of warrantlessly spying on anyone and everyone. Full Stop.
I'm of the belief that as we progress further and further into the 21st century it is all but inevitable that we have no privacy rights with the ease that technology and DNA will allow government to monitor us and our activities. The more frightening part to me at least is that corporations will be able to do the same as will political organizations. Just because I think this is inevitable, doesn't mean I'm not damn irate over it or that we as a society shouldn't be talking about the slow but steady erosion of our right to privacy by both business interests and the government.
But if your news source is the mainstream media, all you know is that "Snowden is still in Moscow, desperately seeking asylum in his next dramatic
episode safe haven."
Thank god for not-for profit, community news sources like Daily Kos, because the mainstream, for-profit, corporate media fucking sucks.