Greenwald watches CNN and writes:
When our news media interview high government officials, especially ones like [Michael] McConnell with shiny military medals, they are now so Pravda-like they not only invite government claims to be voiced with no critical scrutiny whatsoever ("why the urgent need for retroactive immunity for these telecommunications companies?," with no challenge whatsoever to the "cooperation" claim), but the reporters now actually try to top the government officials in adding on new reasons why their demanded policies are so crucial ("But is it also important from your perspective to keep the prying eyes of attorneys who are launching these lawsuits away from uncovering information about the program").The guy doing the interviewing was CNN's John Roberts. I do not think it was the shiny medals that distracted him. I think that what distracted him was that he is an employee of CNN, which is a division of the Turner Broadcasting System, which is a brand subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc., which is the world's largest (or second largest) media, entertainment, and telecommunications firm (as well as Jay Rockefeller's 5th largest political patron!), currently immanatizing its immunitological eschaton. So, you know, not to get all Network on y'all, but I'm pretty sure that Mr. Jensen got Mr. Roberts up to the board room and there gave him the gospel to read. "Why me?" Because you're on television, dummy.
I don't think I ever even heard a Bush official or any Bush follower make the argument that telecom amnesty was necessary to keep the "prying eyes of attorneys" away from Super-Secret Information about "The Program." The first person I ever heard advocate that line was CNN's Roberts in this interview, and McConnell, of course, quickly accepted the help.