Why Glenn Greenwald is Insufferable

by Brien Jackson

I don’t actually have a problem with this post, even the parts I don’t necesarily agree with, but at the same time my prism is skewed right at the outset by Greenwald’s insistence on deriding the people he’s arguing against as “elite.” But if Daniel Drezner and Noam Scheiber are “elite opinion makers” and Greenwald and former Secretary of Labor and semi-regular Sunday morning show commentator Robert Reich are, presumably, not, then what exactly is “elite” even supposed to mean? And this is, I think, where Greenwald makes himself his own worse enemy, his reliance on these dismissive characterizations of people who don’t see the world exactly as Glennzilla does. Which is a shame, because I think he has a lot of good things to say, but unless you already agree with his premise, you inevitably have a hard time taking him that seriously once he’s constructed such a laughable framework for his argument.