“Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media’s reverence of national security officials”

Michael Hayden during his time as the head of the CIA

Greenwald’s original: 2060 words. This entry: 223 words.

When used by the mainstream media, “objective journalism” has come to mean “journalism that echoes the opinions of those in power.” Take, for example, Bob Schieffer, who is a member in good standing of the “objective” media. Schieffer recently claimed that the laws in place were sufficient to restrain the NSA’s behavior, “correcting” Senator Udall while preoceeding to spew falsehoods. Schieffer subsequently had on Michael Hayden and two other NSA loyalists, feeding them softball questions about the NSA’s practices while reinforcing more falsehoods. This obvious slant did not undermine Schieffer’s standing as an “objective” journalist. To appreciate the absurdity of this, consider Hayden’s history.

Hayden is the former Director of the NSA who oversaw the illegal wiretapping of American citizens that caused a scandal for the Bush administration when it was revealed by the New York Times in 2006. Despite this, Hayden is a favorite “expert” used by mainstream sources who, despite being ostensibly concerned with “objectivity,” rarely find it necessary to inform their audiences of either Hayden’s criminal past or his financial interests with the Chertoff Group and other defense and security firms.

The concept of journalistic objectivity is thus revealed to serve “only one real purpose: to delegitimize all views other than those that prop up and glorify those who wield the greatest power in US political and financial circles.”

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