Must see morning clip: Glenn Greenwald jabs MSNBC Obamabots

Journalist told Kristen Welker he defends Snowden "like people on MSNBC defend President Obama... 24 hours a day"

Published December 27, 2013 11:02AM (EST)

Appearing on MSNBC Thursday, Glenn Greenwald did not hold back in criticizing the cable network's Obama apologist tendencies.

MSNBC host Kristen Welker asked the journalist to answer critics of his unwavering support for NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Greenwald -- a principle player in publishing Snowden's leaks -- called the criticism "ludicrous." "Every journalist has an agenda," he noted, reiterating his long-held position against how the mainstream media frames objectivity.

Then he took MSNBC to task, commenting:

We're on MSNBC now, where close to 24 hours a day, the agenda of President Obama and the Democratic Party is promoted, defended, glorified ... that doesn't mean that the people who appear on MSNBC aren't journalists. They are... I do defend [Snowden] just like people on MSNBC defend President Obama and his officials and Democratic party leaders 24 hours a day.

"Not everyone on MSNBC does that 24 hours a day," Welker responded. "No, not everybody, but a lot of people on MSNBC do," Greenwald replied.

By Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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