Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Greenwald Bashes Obama to Fox Birther Racist Eric Bolling

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From Fox Interview - Glenn Greenwald with Eric Bolling
“What the Obama administration wants…is to make it so that everybody is petrified of coming forward with information about what our political officials are doing in the dark that is deceitful, illegal or corrupt,” Greenwald told Fox and Friends’ Eric Bolling. “They don’t care about Edward Snowden at this point. He can no longer do anything that he hasn’t already done. What they care about is making an extremely negative example out of him to intimidate future whistle blowers from coming forward because they’ll think they’re going to end up like him. That’s their objective.”

“Obviously he wants to stay out of the clutches of the U.S. government, given the way they persecuted whistle blowers,” Greenwald said. “He’s obviously trying to find a place where he can do that. His real goal is continue to be part of the conversation about why he did what he did.”

. . . “Thomas Jefferson, 250 years ago, said those who most fear investigations are the ones who attack free press first,” Greenwald said. “This is what journalism is about, shining a light on what the most powerful people in the country are doing to them in the dark. So we’re going to continue to do that no matter what David Gregory and his friends say.”

Greenwald has also hinted at new leaks from the prolific Snowden, but refused to give Fox the exclusive. “You’re going to have to wait along with everybody else until our stories are published,” Greenwald said. “I will say that there are vast programs of both domestic and international spying that the world will be shocked to learn about, that the NSA is engaged in with no democratic accountability.”


Background on Eric Bolling as an Anti-Obama Birther and a Racist from 2011:
Media Matters for America: Bolling's Also a Birther

Eric Bolling . . . called Gabonese president Ali Bongo, who had recently visited the White House, "a hoodlum in the hizzouse," and inexplicably linked Bongo's visit to the rapper Common's appearance at a White House poetry event in May. It was the second time in less than a month that Bolling had attacked Obama using racial stereotypes; during Obama's state trip to Ireland, Bolling also said the president was "chugging a few 40s" instead of tending to tornado-ravaged towns in Missouri.
That Bolling would use his Fox News pedestal to deploy racially tinged attacks against the president is monstrous. But it's not surprising, given that Bolling is a late convert to the birther movement.

. . . BOLLING: We haven't touched this birth certificate issue since it began. We haven't touched it, but there is a legitimate question as to whether or not the president of the United States is allowed to be president of the United States. It is written in the constitution. You have to be a natural born citizen of America. I mean, it's an issue.
. . . This thing isn't a pure copy from a book, a ledger from Hawaii. This thing has been altered. Someone's playing with it. Once that came out, I said we have to at least ask the question Juan.That's all. We're not claiming it is ill legit whatever, but someone is playing around with this document. [Follow The Money, 4/27/2011, via Nexis]


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