Critics of Reddit point to a moderator’s repeated removal of a Glenn Greenwald story as proof that the site can’t be trusted to do journalism, but in reality the moderator’s behavior is no worse — and in some ways better — than that of a newspaper editor
Journalist and Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown is accused of trafficking in stolen credit-card numbers and could face years in prison for posting a link in an Internet Relay Chat channel aimed at crowdsourcing information about defense contractors.
The response from some of the mainstream media world to interlopers like Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald and WikiLeaks is an immune-system response from a traditional industry that sees itself as being under attack.
The detention of a journalist’s partner and seizure of his electronics, combined with the British government’s threats towards the Guardian for its reporting, make the case that we need something like WikiLeaks more than ever.
According to new figures, the Guardian set a one-day traffic record with its Snowden coverage, and has also seen its overall traffic grow to the point where it is likely close to matching the New York Times.
One of the ways that some critics — including those in the mainstream media — seem to be trying to discredit the leaks about the NSA’s surveillance program is to suggest that Glenn Greenwald isn’t really a journalist.