American journalists Jeremy Scahill, right, and Glenn Greenwald
Quite righteously, Glenn Greenwald and his sidekick Jeremy Scahill see nothing wrong with Pierre Omidyar having $8 billion, and not using it to house, feed, clothe and heal the poor. No harm, no foul.
Omidyar's "political views and donations are of no special interest to me," Greenwald explained.
Those views and "donations" (apart from those that pay his salary) have "no affect whatsoever on my journalism or the journalism of The Intercept
," he added humbly, from the heart.
Noting that Omidyar worked hard for every cent in his piggy bank, Greenwald recently assured his nervous followers that the Omidyar Network's political views and activities "have no effect whatsoever (italics added) on what he and his recycled mainstream media cohorts at The Intercept report, how they report it, or what they say.
But do Greenwald and Scahill really have editorial freedom? Could they, for example, investigate and write a story on something as farfetched as income inequality in America?
I hear you laughing, and wondering why a winner of the Polk Award and a guy who'd been on the Bill Maher Show
would risk their reputations by treading into such a dubious arena.